Tag: social media

Where Now For Peru and Chile After Spying Allegations Edge Closer to Fact?

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At the beginning of this month, Chile responded to a second note of official protest from Peru after a senior Chilean intelligence official appeared to acknowledge in a leaked conversation with his Peruvian counterpart that the country had snooped on its South American

Israeli intelligence veterans refuse to serve in Palestinian territories

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Forty-three veterans of one of Israel’s most secretive military intelligence units – many of them still active reservists – have signed a public letter refusing to serve in operations involving the occupied Palestinian territories because of the widespread surveillance of

Inside SITE Intelligence Group: Steven Sotloff Beheading Discovered By Nonprofit Research Organization

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ISIS has allegedly beheaded Steven Joel Sotloff, the American journalist who appeared in the terrorist group’s propaganda video of James Foley’s beheading two weeks ago. In the first video, the executioners threatened Sotloff would meet the same fate if the

Russia, MH17 and the West. A web of lies

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IN 1991, when Soviet Communism collapsed, it seemed as if the Russian people might at last have the chance to become citizens of a normal Western democracy. Vladimir Putin’s disastrous contribution to Russia’s history has been to set his country

The CIA’s cute first tweet can’t cover its bloody tracks

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In the latest CIA coup, America’s leading spooks have sent the Twittersphere into a frenzy with their chucklesome debut on social media: “We can neither confirm nor deny that this is our first tweet.” How droll! More than a quarter

N.S.A. Collecting Millions of Faces From Web Images

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The National Security Agency is harvesting huge numbers of images of people from communications that it intercepts through its global surveillance operations for use in sophisticated facial recognition programs, according to top-secret documents. The spy agency’s reliance on facial recognition

NSA contractors use LinkedIn profiles to cash in on national security

NSA 'incidentally collected' British citizens’ mobile phone and fax numbers, emails and IP addresses

NSA spies need jobs, too. And that is why many covert programs could be hiding in plain sight. Job websites such as LinkedIn and Indeed.com contain hundreds of profiles that reference classified NSA efforts, posted by everyone from career government

The NSA’s Corporate Collaborators

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Emails published by Al Jazeera America, in addition to showing hi-tech executives and senior intelligence officials interacting on a casual first-name basis, reference a government program referred to as the Enduring Security Framework (ESF) [1]. An NPR piece on the

Putin calls internet a ‘CIA project’ renewing fears of web breakup

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Vladimir Putin gave his clearest signal yet that he aims to break up the global nature of the internet when he branded the network a "CIA project" on Thursday. The Russian president told a media conference in St Petersburg that

Ex-CIA Chief Hayden: Line Between Public, Private Self is Shifting

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Social media and electronic communications have forced a shift in the line between public and private self, says former NSA and CIA Director Gen. Michael Hayden, and it is making intelligence gathering more difficult. Appearing Sunday on "Face the Nation,"

Brazil to pass anti-spy bill in victory for net neutrality

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Brazil has scored big for net neutrality after its lower house of Congress approved a groundbreaking post-Snowden bill that protects its users’ privacy rights, albeit with some sacrifices. The measure did not go as smoothly as could have. To ensure

How the NSA Plans to Infect ‘Millions’ of Computers with Malware

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Top-secret documents reveal that the National Security Agency is dramatically expanding its ability to covertly hack into computers on a mass scale by using automated systems that reduce the level of human oversight in the process. The classified files –

Social Media Pose New Riddle for CIA

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Effective spycraft has long called for cover—a job, family or routine that would keep a government agent from drawing undue attention. Now, that calculation extends to spies' use of social media. Only in the past few years has the Central