Tag: Technology/Internet

Germany’s Spy Agency Used NSA Software To Spy On Germans

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Internal documents show that Germany’s domestic intelligence agency, the BfV, received the coveted software program XKeyscore from the NSA – and promised data from Germany in return. The agents from the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution (BfV),

Chinese police arrest 15,000 for cybercrimes

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Police in China say they have arrested about 15,000 people for crimes that “jeopardised internet security”, as the government moves to tighten controls on the internet. Police have investigated 7,400 cases of cybercrime, the ministry of public security said. It

What We Know About the NSA and AT&T’s Spying Pact

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Two stories published almost a decade ago by WIRED and Salon provide in-depth details about the secret rooms at AT&T facilities in San Francisco, Missouri, and other areas across the US that the NSA used to siphon internet data. According

Snowden Documents provide Undeniable Evidence of NSA-AT&T Collusion

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  On Saturday, The NYT published a story detailing the close collaboration between multinational telecommunications corporation AT&T and the NSA. According to documents provided by the former U.S. intelligence contractor Edward J. Snowden, AT&T maintained a “higly collaborative” relationship with

Documents Reveal Canada’s Secret Hacking Tactics

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Canada’s electronic surveillance agency has secretly developed an arsenal of cyber weapons capable of stealing data and destroying adversaries’ infrastructure, according to newly revealed classified documents. Communications Security Establishment, or CSE, has also covertly hacked into computers across the world

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

Don’t trust your phone, don’t trust your laptop – this is the reality that Snowden has shown us

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Back in July 2013, a few weeks after Edward Snowden’s revelations about internet and mobile-phone surveillance began, I wrote a column that began: “Repeat after me: Edward Snowden is not the story. The story is what he has revealed about the hidden

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

You can now find out if GCHQ spied on you

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People from around the world can join a campaign to find out if British intelligence agency GCHQ illegally spied on them — and force it to delete the data. The move follows a ruling by the UK’s Investigatory Powers Tribunal (IPT) that

Witness: German intelligence helped NSA to tap Internet hub

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A witness told a German parliamentary inquiry on Thursday that America’s NSA was fed filtered data from an internet exchange point in Frankfurt, after an OK from the Chancellery in Berlin. The Eikonal project leader within Germany’s BND foreign intelligence

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

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

Russian spy threat to troops’ phones and computers

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British troops on military exercise in Poland have been ordered not to take mobile phones or computers amid fears they will be targeted by Russian cyber spies. Troops have been warned of a “very clear and evident counter-intelligence threat” while

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

Americans’ Cellphones Targeted in Secret U.S. Spy Program

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WASHINGTON—The Justice Department is scooping up data from thousands of mobile phones through devices deployed on airplanes that mimic cellphone towers, a high-tech hunt for criminal suspects that is snagging a large number of innocent Americans, according to people familiar

How Obama Endangered Us All With Stuxnet

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A few months after President Obama took office in 2009, he announced that securing the nation’s critical infrastructure — its power generators, its dams, its airports, and its trading floors — was a top priority for his administration. Intruders had

Tracking Isis, stalking the CIA: how anyone can be big brother online

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“Our choice isn’t between a world where either the good guys spy or the bad guys spy. It’s a choice of everybody gets to spy or nobody gets to spy.” So said the security luminary Bruce Schneier at BBC Future’s

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,