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US Sanctions on State-sponsored Cyberattacks May Be Drafted Soon

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The Obama administration is working on a series of actions, including economic sanctions and curbs on doing business in the U.S., to punish nations that persist in hacking its corporate computer networks, according to two administration officials with knowledge of

Two Americans freed by North Korea, returning home -U.S. officials

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WASHINGTON, Nov 8 (Reuters) – North Korea freed two American citizens from prison and they were returning to the United States on Saturday after the surprise involvement of the top-ranking U.S. intelligence official in their release. Kenneth Bae and Matthew

U.S. and Russia Agree to Share More Intelligence on ISIS

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PARIS — Secretary of State John Kerry said on Tuesday that the United States and Russia had agreed to share more intelligence on the Islamic State, as he sought to lay the basis for improved cooperation with Moscow. Just six

Google, Technology Firms Say Ungag Us on U.S. Spy Orders

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Google Inc. (GOOG), Facebook Inc. (FB) and other technology giants are seeking a court ruling that may allow them to disclose more about the user information they’re being forced to share with U.S. spy agencies. Eight months after reaching a

U.S. intelligence agencies remain uncertain about danger posed by Islamic State

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Hours before President Obama announced a new U.S. military offensive against the Islamic State, one of his top counter­terrorism officials testified to Congress that the al-Qaeda offshoot had an estimated 10,000 fighters. The next day a new assessment arrived from

Malaysia Risks Enraging China by Inviting U.S. Spy Flights

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BEIJING — Malaysia’s reported invitation to the United States to fly spy planes out of East Malaysia on the southern rim of the South China Sea seems likely to intensify China’s anger at American surveillance of the strategic waterway and

Source: Obama given detailed intelligence for a year about rise of ISIS

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President Obama was given detailed and specific intelligence about the rise of the Islamic State as part of his daily briefing for at least a year before the group seized large swaths of territory over the summer, a former Pentagon

U.S. staged secret operation into Syria in failed bid to rescue Americans

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U.S. Special Operations forces staged an unsuccessful operation this summer to rescue photojournalist James Foley and other Americans being held in Syria by Islamic State militants, according to senior Obama administration officials. The attempt, involving several dozen U.S. commandos, one

The CIA vandalized American honor

” . . . but we tortured some folks.” — President Barack Obama, Aug.1. OK, in the first place: “tortured some folks”? Really? Was there not something annoyingly breezy in the president’s phrasing last week as he acknowledged the abuse

Why Obama Is Backing His CIA Chief

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The Central Intelligence Agency spied on the Senate, and CIA Director John Brennan lied about it. When the news broke, several senators, including Democrats, called for the director’s resignation. It seems unlikely Brennan can survive, but on Friday. President Barack

NSA losing interest in deal for Snowden

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The Obama administration is increasingly less inclined to make a deal to allow Edward Snowden to come back to the United States, according to a top National Security Agency official. “As time goes on, the utility for us of having

Senators press Obama administration to clarify surveillance reform legislation

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Key U.S. senators pressed the Obama administration on Thursday to clarify language in pending surveillance reform legislation to ensure that it could not be used by intelligence agencies to collect massive amounts of Americans’ personal data. Taking up a bill

Why is the latest China spy case so significant?

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WASHINGTON — The Obama administration has brought unprecedented criminal charges against five officials in the Chinese military for hacking into private U.S. companies’ systems and stealing trade secrets. It was the first time the U.S. has revealed any evidence the

NSA infiltrated RSA security more deeply than thought – study

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(Reuters) – Security industry pioneer RSA adopted not just one but two encryption tools developed by the U.S. National Security Agency, greatly increasing the spy agency's ability to eavesdrop on some Internet communications, according to a team of academic researchers.

Obama to Call for End to N.S.A.’s Bulk Data Collection

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WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is preparing to unveil a legislative proposal for a far-reaching overhaul of the National Security Agency’s once-secret bulk phone records program in a way that — if approved by Congress — would end the aspect

The limits of President Obama’s power on NSA reform

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President Barack Obama on Friday will try to put the ongoing surveillance controversy behind him, laying out reforms to U.S. intelligence-gathering activities aimed at reassuring Americans that his administration will right the balance between civil liberties and national security. But

Obama meets with his intelligence review panel

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President Obama met for the first time on Tuesday with a panel he promised would review the U.S. intelligence community's collection of telephone and Internet data, according to the White House. Obama announced earlier this month that he would convene

U.S. Plans Review of Intelligence

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President Barack Obama said Tuesday that the U.S. would conduct a review of intelligence-gathering before theBoston Marathon bombing to determine whether authorities could have done anything to prevent it. The president also defended the work of the Federal Bureau of

Senate panel delays CIA nominee Brennan’s confirmation vote

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(Reuters) – The Senate intelligence committee on Wednesday postponed until next week a vote on the confirmation of White House aide John Brennan to be CIA director, dashing hopes of Democratic leaders who had hoped to hold a vote on