Thursday, March 21, 2019

Documents Reveal Secretive U.K. Surveillance Policies

Newly disclosed documents offer a rare insight into the secretive legal regime underpinning the British government’s controversial mass surveillance programs. London-based group Privacy International obtained the previously confidential files as part of an ongoing legal case challenging the scope of British spies’ covert collection of huge troves of private data. Millie...

Iranian Police Seizing Dissidents Get Aid Of Western Companies

The Iranian officers who knocked out Saeid Pourheydar’s four front teeth also enlightened the opposition journalist. Held in Evin Prison for weeks following his arrest early last year for protesting, he says, he learned that he was not only fighting the regime, but also companies that armed Tehran with...

Amazon, The Washington Post and That $600 MIllion CIA Contract

It has been a tough few weeks for The Washington Post. It’s been a rough couple days for The Washington Post. Word emerged that hackers invaded its internal system—for a few days, no less—all of its staffers had to change their passwords as the company tried to figure out how...

NSA Spies on Venezuela’s Oil Company, Snowden Leak Reveals

U.S. intelligence agents posing as diplomats in Caracas helped an NSA analyst try to crack open PDVSA's computer network. The U.S. National Security Agency accessed the internal communications of Venezuela's state-owned oil company, Petroleos de Venezuela and acquired sensitive data it planned to exploit in order to spy on the...

U.S. Fund to Buy NSO and Its Smartphone-snooping Software

Israeli firm's Pegasus software enables governments to track smartphone users and remotely operate its camera. Israeli firm NSO, which makes intelligence collection tools that enable governments to snoop on smartphones — or even take them over — will be bought out by an American-based private equity firm, with offices in...

America’s Willing Helper: Intelligence Scandal Puts Merkel in Tight Place

Germany's latest spying scandal has created the biggest crisis yet for the country's foreign intelligence agency. The German government appears to have been aware of widespread US spying, possibly including economic espionage, against European targets and yet it did nothing to stop it. July 14, 2013 was an overcast day....

Firms Aided Libyan Spies

First Look Inside Security Unit Shows How Citizens Were Tracked. TRIPOLI - On the ground floor of a six-story building here, agents working for Moammar Gadhafi sat in an open room, spying on emails and chat messages with the help of technology Libya acquired from the West. The recently abandoned room...

Spying on Congress and Israel: NSA Cheerleaders Discover Value of Privacy Only When Their...

The Wall Street Journal reported yesterday that the NSA under President Obama targeted Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his top aides for surveillance. In the process, the agency ended up eavesdropping on “the contents of some of their private conversations with U.S. lawmakers and American-Jewish groups” about how...

Pentagon Announces New Strategy for Cyberwarfare

SAN FRANCISCO — The Pentagon on Thursday took a major step designed to instill a measure of fear in potential cyberadversaries, releasing a new strategy that for the first time explicitly discusses the circumstances under which cyberweapons could be used against an attacker, and naming the countries it says...

Every Move You Make

This summer, at 1:51 p.m. on Saturday, June 11, an unearthly roar shattered the afternoon quiet along the Florida coast. On Cape Canaveral, liquid fuel surged through the thick aluminum veins of a Delta IV Heavy rocket nearly as tall as the U.S. Capitol. Two million pounds of thrust in three symmetrical boosters fired the engines, sending the craft hurtling over the Atlantic Ocean into the heavens.

Companies That Aid Syria Crackdown Deserve Sanctions’ Slap

Terrible things tend to happen when Syrian security officials catch their quarry. Dissidents are detained, tortured and sometimes killed. It is thus disturbing to learn that U.S. and European technology companies are working to help the regime of President Bashar al-Assad monitor Internet traffic to keep tabs on citizens. A...

The Raid: In Bungled Spying Operation, NSA Targeted Pro-Democracy Campaigner

Tony Fullman is a middle-aged former tax man and a pro-democracy activist. But four years ago, a botched operation launched by New Zealand spies meant he suddenly found himself deemed a potential terrorist — his passport was revoked, his home was raided, and he was placed on a top-secret National Security Agency surveillance list.

Estonia Tackles Improving NATO’s Cyber Defenses

PENTAGON - These days, it seems like nowhere in the cyber realm is safe. Hacks have infiltrated all walks of cyber life, from the email system used by the Joint Chiefs of Staff’s office at the Pentagon, to the cheating spouses on the Canada-based Ashley Madison website. But the NATO Cooperative...

Governments Turn to Commercial Spyware to Intimidate Dissidents

SAN FRANCISCO — In the last five years, Ahmed Mansoor, a human rights activist in the United Arab Emirates, has been jailed and fired from his job, along with having his passport confiscated, his car stolen, his email hacked, his location tracked and his bank account robbed of $140,000....

Obama Administration Set to Expand Sharing of Data That NSA Intercepts

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is on the verge of permitting the National Security Agency to share more of the private communications it intercepts with other American intelligence agencies without first applying any privacy protections to them, according to officials familiar with the deliberations. The change would relax longstanding restrictions...

BAE Systems Sells Internet Surveillance Gear to United Arab Emirates

A Danish subsidiary of British defense contractor BAE Systems is selling an internet surveillance package to the government of the United Arab Emirates, a country known for spying on, imprisoning, and torturing dissidents and activists, according to documents obtained by Lasse Skou Andersen of the Danish newspaper Dagbladet Information. The...

Cyber Attacks on Activists Traced to FinFisher Spyware of Gamma

It’s one of the world’s best-known and elusive cyber weapons: FinFisher, a spyware sold by U.K.- based Gamma Group, which can secretly take remote control of a computer, copying files, intercepting Skype calls and logging every keystroke. For the past year, human rights advocates and virus hunters have scrutinized FinFisher,...

The CIA Helped Produce an Episode of Top Chef

What do the movies Argo and Zero Dark Thirty have in common with the novel The Devil's Light by Richard North Patterson; Bravo's Top Chef Covert Cuisine; the USA Network cable series Covert Affairs; the History Channel documentary Air America: The CIA's Secret Airline; and the BBC documentary The...

Top U.S. spy agency has not embraced CIA assessment on Russia hacking

The overseers of the U.S. intelligence community have not embraced a CIA assessment that Russian cyber attacks were aimed at helping Republican President-elect Donald Trump win the 2016 election, three American officials said on Monday. While the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) does not dispute the CIA's...

New Docs Show How the NSA Used the Iraq War to Build its Surveillance...

Newly released internal NSA missives from the early days of the Iraq war show how quickly the agency’s priorities shifted from providing wartime intelligence to coalition troops to being a “pervasive” part of the “intelligence-driven” global war on terror. The documents, which have surfaced for the first time, outline how...

Powerful NSA hacking tools have been revealed online

Some of the most powerful espionage tools created by the National Security Agency’s elite group of hackers have been revealed in recent days, a development that could pose severe consequences for the spy agency’s operations and the security of government and corporate computers. A cache of hacking tools with code...

The CIA Is Investing in Firms That Mine Your Tweets and Instagram Photos

SOFT ROBOTS THAT can grasp delicate objects, computer algorithms designed to spot an “insider threat,” and artificial intelligence that will sift through large data sets — these are just a few of the technologies being pursued by companies with investment from In-Q-Tel, the CIA’s venture capital firm, according to...

U.S. Spy Net on Israel Snares Congress

NSA's targeting of Israeli leaders swept up the content of private conversations with U.S. lawmakers. President Barack Obama announced two years ago he would curtail eavesdropping on friendly heads of state after the world learned the reach of long-secret U.S. surveillance programs. But behind the scenes, the White House decided to...

CIA Preparing for Possible Cyber Strike Against Russia

The Obama administration is contemplating an unprecedented cyber covert action against Russia in retaliation for alleged Russian interference in the American presidential election, U.S. intelligence officials told NBC News. Current and former officials with direct knowledge of the situation say the CIA has been asked to deliver options to the...

Israeli Entrepreneurs Play Both Sides of the Cyber Wars

Last year, the founders of an Israeli startup that sells phone hacking technology to governments realized they had not one business, but two. NSO Group, which was created by Omri Lavie and Shalev Hulio, sells offensive cyber capabilities that allow governments to remotely infect smartphones with spyware without leaving a...

Privacy Scandal Haunts Pokemon Go’s CEO

Within two weeks of its release last month, Pokemon Go, the augmented reality gaming sensation, surpassed, by one estimate, Twitter, Facebook, and Netflix in its day-to-day popularity on Android phones. Over on Apple devices, the game was downloaded more times in its first week than any app that came before it. The suddenly vast scale...

Iraqi Insurgents Stymied the NSA and Other Highlights from 263 Internal Agency Reports

Early in the fight against al Qaeda in Afghanistan and insurgents in Iraq, the National Security Agency was blindsided by enemy fighters’ frequent use of rudimentary wireless communications devices known as “high–powered cordless phones,” according to documents among 263 published today by The Intercep.

Yahoo secretly scanned customer emails for U.S. intelligence

Yahoo Inc last year secretly built a custom software program to search all of its customers' incoming emails for specific information provided by U.S. intelligence officials, according to people familiar with the matter. The company complied with a classified U.S. government demand, scanning hundreds of millions of Yahoo Mail accounts...

IBM Concedes $600M CIA Cloud Deal To Amazon

IBM has withdrawn its challenge to Amazon's $600 million cloud-computing deal with the Central Intelligence Agency. “In light of the government’s recent submissions emphasizing its need to move forward on the contract, IBM has withdrawn its motion,” IBM said in a statement to CruxialCIO. “IBM maintains its position that the...

NSA spied on EU politicians and companies with help from German intelligence

Spies failed to check properly what was being passed across to the US. Germany's intelligence service, the Bundesnachrichtendienst (BND), has been helping the NSA spy on European politicians and companies for years, according to the German news magazine Der Spiegel. The NSA has been sending lists of "selectors"—identifying telephone numbers, e-mail and IP...

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