Tag: M&A

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

Despite billions spent on intelligence, we know very little

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WASHINGTON, September 1, 2014 – The U.S. spends billions on intelligence, yet we always seem to be surprised by events in the world. George W. Bush told us that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction, and CIA Director George Tenet

What the NSA can (and can’t) mine from intercepted photos

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The National Security Agency has collected a vast number of digital photos from Internet traffic and the internal networks of foreign governments in order to identify and track persons of interest, according to a report by The New York Times. The images,

Israel’s First US Espionage and Smuggling Network

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Newly declassified postwar Naval Intelligence files shine new light on a little-known chapter of U.S.-Israel relations. Massive supplies of American WWII military surplus under liquidation by the War Assets Administration were an irresistible target for Israel’s government-in-waiting the Jewish Agency

U.S. Suspicions of China’s Huawei Based Partly on NSA’s Own Spy Tricks

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Fears of Chinese espionage based on "back doors" built into computer hardware have prompted the U.S. government to block China's technology giant Huawei from doing business on U.S. shores. Such suspicions may come in large part from the knowledge that

Google’s Schmidt: We were attacked by the Chinese and the NSA

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Google chairman Eric Schmidt admitted on Friday that government attacks from China and the US forced his company to enhance security protocols. Speaking at the SXSW technology conference in Austin, Texas, Schmidt said governments around the world have realized that

The NSA overreach poses a serious threat to our economy

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Technology companies revolutionized the global economy by creating an interconnected, high-speed international marketplace. Internet and telecommunication companies empower businesses to conduct complex transactions and connect with customers, clients and governments across the globe, placing a premium on privacy, accountability and

EU politicians want suspension of data-sharing deal amid new NSA spying allegations

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European politicians on Monday called for the immediate suspension of a data-sharing agreement between the U.S. and the European Union following more revelations of spying by the U.S. National Security Agency. The Terrorist Finance Tracking Program (TFTP) provides the U.S.

Revealed: how Microsoft handed the NSA access to encrypted messages

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Microsoft has collaborated closely with US intelligence services to allow users' communications to be intercepted, including helping the National Security Agency to circumvent the company's own encryption, according to top-secret documents obtained by the Guardian. The files provided by Edward

How the U.S. Cracked Japan’s ‘Purple Encryption Machine’ at the Dawn of World War II

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When one thinks about cryptography or encryption in World War II, the first thing that comes to mind is the Enigma Machine used by the Nazis, whose code was broken by the Allies and used as a secret tactical advantage.