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How the NSA Hacks Cellphone Networks Worldwide

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In March 2011, two weeks before the Western intervention in Libya, a secret message was delivered to the National Security Agency. An intelligence unit within the U.S. military’s Africa Command needed help to hack into Libya’s cellphone networks and monitor

Top British Spy Warns of Terrorists’ Use of Social Media

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LONDON — One of Britain’s highest-ranking intelligence officials on Tuesday castigated the giant American companies that dominate the Internet for providing the “command-and-control networks of choice for terrorists and criminals” and challenged the companies to find a better balance between

Sophisticated Chinese cyber-espionage operation unveiled

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A coalition of cyber security companies said Tuesday that a Chinese cyber-espionage syndicate is responsible for planting malicious software (malware) on computers owned by Western government agencies, private companies and human rights groups over the past six years, including the

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

Google’s Eric Schmidt on NSA spying: ‘We’re going to break the Internet.’

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Google chairman Eric Schmidt lobbed harsh criticism at NSA surveillance on American citizens. “Just because you can do it, doesn’t mean you should do it,” Schmidt said during a hearing in Palo Alto, Calif. hosted by Senate Finance Committee Chairman

Tech Companies Reel as NSA’s Spying Tarnishes Reputations

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U.S. technology companies are in danger of losing more business to foreign competitors if the National Security Agency’s power to spy on customers isn’t curbed, the New America Foundation said in a report today. The foundation called for prohibiting the

Microsoft lawyer says future is ‘bleak’ because of NSA surveillance

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Microsoft’s top lawyer doesn’t see much reason to be optimistic going forward if the National Security Agency doesn’t stop its bulk collection of private data, pointing to a “bleak future” and a lack of justice and accountability. Speaking at the

Second Chinese military unit linked to cyber espionage

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CrowdStrike, a U.S security firm, detailed the allegations in a lengthy report on a People’s Liberation Army unit operating in Shanghai.  The report comes just weeks after the U.S. Department of Justice accused five members of the Chinese military of

Kim Dotcom Can Encrypt Your Files. Why Can’t Google?

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On the one-year anniversary of Edward Snowden’s first NSA document leaks, Bahaa Nasr spent the day in Beirut, teaching a roomful of Middle East activists how to thwart the kind of government-backed spying that Snowden so shockingly exposed. As a

Four ways Edward Snowden changed the world – and why the fight’s not over

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Thursday marks one year since the Guardian published the first in a series of eye-opening stories about surveillance based on documents provided by Edward Snowden. The events in the 52 weeks since have proven him to be the most significant

Microsoft Calls On US Gov. To End Bulk NSA Data Collection

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Marking the one year anniversary of the NSA leaks saga, Microsoft today called for broad change in how the United States Government and its intelligence agencies operate, and what they collect. Microsoft is not alone among technology companies in calling

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,

China to ditch US consulting firms over suspected espionage

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State-owned Chinese companies will cease to work with US consulting companies like McKinsey and Boston Consulting Group over fears they are spying on behalf of the US government. US consulting companies McKinsey, BCG, Bain & Company, and Strategy&, formerly Booz

Tech giants oppose NSA reform bill for timid safeguards against spying

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Ahead of Thursday’s US House vote on a bill sold as reform of a major US government spying program, top technology firms like Google have joined civil liberties and privacy groups in calling the legislation inadequate in fighting mass surveillance.

NSA Docs Detail Efforts To Collect Data From Microsoft’s Skype, SkyDrive, And Outlook

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Last July, Glenn Greenwald published a set of claims regarding a number of Microsoft services that were, especially at the time, unsettling: That Microsoft had helped the NSA “circumvent its encryption” relating to web chat on Outlook.com, that it had

US Tech Titans Reveal New Data About NSA Snooping

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Google, Facebook, Yahoo, Microsoft and LinkedIn have for the first time released new data about U.S. information requests made under the Foreign Surveillance Intelligence Act (FISA), the controversial law that facilitates several of the National Security Agency’s most secret surveillance

U.S. to allow companies to disclose more details on government requests for data

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The Justice Department has agreed to relax its long-standing gag order on certain types of data requests made to companies, allowing them for the first time to publicize — in broad terms — how much customer information they must turn

Canada courting U.S. web giants in wake of NSA spy scandal

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The Canadian government is trying to profit from the National Security Agency spy scandal south of the border by luring frustrated American web titans such as Google and Facebook into storing sensitive banks of personal information outside the United States,

NSA surveillance eroded transatlantic trust

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When the Guardian started reporting on the largest disclosure of secret NSA files in the history of the agency in June, it was only a question of time before the information spill reached America's allies overseas. That's because the NSA's