Tag: Computing

Russian Hackers Read Obama’s Unclassified Emails, Officials Say

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WASHINGTON — Some of President Obama’s email correspondence was swept up by Russian hackers last year in a breach of the White House’s unclassified computer system that was far more intrusive and worrisome than has been publicly acknowledged, according to

Cisco Shipping Hardware To Bogus Addresses To Throw Off NSA Intercept-And-Implant Efforts

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Cisco became an inadvertent (and very unwilling) co-star in the NSA Antics: Snowden Edition when its logo was splashed across the web by a leaked document detailing the agency’s interception of outbound US networking hardware in order to insert surveillance

Researchers Link Equation Group Hackers To The NSA Due To ‘Space Station’ Level Sophistication

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Researchers at the Russian cybersecurity firm Kaspersky have revealed more evidence that could tie the U.S. National Security Agency to the Equation Group, a band of hackers believed to be responsible for hundreds of hacking incidents in 42 countries. Kaspersky

A Group ‘Hacked’ the NSA’s Website to Demonstrate a Widespread Bug

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A group of researchers only needed $104 and 8 hours of Amazon’s cloud computing power to hack the NSA’s website. And their feat was made possible by a bug that, ironically, was practically created by the NSA itself and its

What the CIA used before Google Maps

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These days, it’s easy to take for granted just how amazing Google Maps is. Not only is Google’s mapping service incredibly useful for getting where you want to go, the satellite imagery it provides is the stuff straight out of old

The Government Must Show Us the Evidence That North Korea Attacked Sony

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When you’re attacked by a missile, you can follow its trajectory back to where it was launched from. When you’re attacked in cyberspace, figuring out who did it much harder. This reality of international aggression in cyberspace will change how

Intelligence Agency Wants an Even More Super Supercomputer

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The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity is funding research that could fundamentally change the field of supercomputing. Announced today, IARPA – the intelligence community’s research arm – awarded research contracts in support of its Cryogenic Computer Complexity, or C3, program

Germany signs no-spy deal with BlackBerry after NSA phone tapping

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Germany has approved BlackBerry’s purchase of encryption firm Secusmart after signing a “no-spy” agreement with the Canadian smartphone maker. Duesseldorf-based Secusmart provides special smartphones to German government officials that are meant to be safe from eavesdropping. German media report that

China blocks thousands more websites as ‘Great Firewall’ targets cloud services

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Thousands of websites are no longer accessible from China after the country’s censorship authorities blocked a major hosting and cloud services company. According to internet freedom watchdog GreatFire.org, the EdgeCast content delivery network (CDN), which “provides cloud services to thousands

German intelligence to monitor overseas social networks

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Germany’s foreign intelligence agency plans to spend hundreds of millions of euros on surveillance technology designed to monitor foreign social networks, local media reported, citing a confidential document. The Federal Intelligence Service (BND) will spend €28 million, in 2015 alone,

Hackers breach some White House computers

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Hackers thought to be working for the Russian government breached the unclassified White House computer networks in recent weeks, sources said, resulting in temporary disruptions to some services while cybersecurity teams worked to contain the intrusion. White House officials, speaking

Russian government gathers intelligence with malware: report

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Malicious software designed to steal sensitive information from businesses and foreign governments is made in Russia and supported by the Russian government, a security research firm reported Tuesday. The group behind the malicious software, or malware, has been identified as

Google claims it installed unbreakable encryption after NSA spying

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The executive chairman of Google says the internet giant updated its encryption standards to make them unbreakable after learning the National Security Agency could spy on users. Eric Schmidt rejected allegations made by WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange that the search giant and

Hackers Used Windows Bug to Spy on Ukraine Officials

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For months this summer, unidentified hackers used a previously unknown hole in Microsoft Corp. ’s Windows operating system to spy on North Atlantic Treaty Organization and Ukrainian officials, according to an investigation by a U.S. cybersecurity company. Microsoft released a

Assange says ‘Google works like NSA’

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WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange equated Google with the National Security Agency and GCHQ, saying the tech giant has become “a privatized version of the NSA,” as it collects, stores, and indexes people’s data. He made his remarks to BBC and

In Yahoo Versus NSA, Hypocrisy Wins

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Yahoo! Inc., as it turns out, has cared about privacy since 2007. It just couldn’t tell anyone. The company posted a note last week saying it was “pleased to announce” that it had gotten thousands of pages of court documents

The NSA has a plan to map the entire Internet

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When it comes to choosing code names for their secret operations, American and British agents demonstrate a flare for creativity. Sometimes they borrow from Mother Nature, with monikers such as “Evil Olive” and “Egoistic Giraffe.” Other times, they would seem

Google’s upcoming trans-Pacific cable ripe for NSA intercepts

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The National Security Agency is no doubt licking their lips over the potential intelligence trove of Google’s proposed fiber optic cable, which will span the Pacific Ocean from the U.S. to Japan. As a former NSA official told VentureBeat, “Easy to

NSA and GCHQ agents ‘leak Tor bugs’ alleges developer

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The Tor Project’s executive director has alleged members of the NSA and GCHQ regularly leak it details of flaws the agencies have discovered in its code. By fixing these flaws, the project can protect users’ anonymity, he explained. The agencies

China spies — sex to cyber

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Sex-and-spying award winner? China’s nominee is surely Katrina Leung, codenamed Parlour Maid. She’d pocketed $1.7 million in FBI money to spy on China by the time Washington figured out she was moonlighting as a double agent for Beijing – while