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What’s it really like to be a CIA spy?

April 24th at 9:55 AM

What’s it really like to be a CIA spy?

Intelligence agencies have been in the news a lot for the past few years thanks to the Snowden leaks, but also the recent wave of terrorist threats and attacks that hit various targets in the U.S., Europe, and other regions of the world. So what’s it really like to be a CIA spy? Is it similar to what we see in Homeland, The Americans, or other movies?

One former spy took to Reddit to host an Ask-Me-Anything (AMA) session, in which he revealed what his experience as a CIA officer was. More →

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CIA Surveillance

The CIA is getting serious about monitoring social media

April 18th at 8:45 PM

The CIA is getting serious about monitoring social media

Though not a secret, it’s not widely known that the CIA has its own venture capital firm called In-Q-Tel. The purpose of In-Q-Tel is simple: invest in high-tech companies as a means to ensure that the CIA remains on top of the latest and greatest technology breakthroughs and advancements. As In-Q-Tel’s first CEO Gilman Louie once stated, the firm’s work allows the CIA to remain “at the cutting edge of information technology advances and capabilities.”

Earlier this year, In-Q-Tel (IQT) held a CEO Summit that brought together the CEOs of a number of companies that IQT has investments in. Some of the featured speakers at the event included FBI director James Comey, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency director Robert Cardillo and Deputy Secretary of Defense Robert O. Work.

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CIA FBI Cracka Hacker Arrested

16-year-old British boy suspected to have hacked CIA director and the FBI arrested

February 12th at 8:00 PM

16-year-old British boy suspected to have hacked CIA director and the FBI arrested

We knew somebody hacked CIA Director John Brennan last October, but we had no idea who the person was and how old they may have been. Since the attack on Brennan, the attacker known as “Cracka” struck again, focusing on the Director of National Intelligence in early January. Furthermore, Cracka is believed to have leaked the personal details of thousands of FBI and U.S. Department of Homeland Security employees online recently.

A report now reveals that the person suspected to have done all this is a British 16-year-old boy who was recently arrested for his alleged cybercrimes. More →

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WikiLeaks CIA Director Email Hack

WikiLeaks is publishing the contents of CIA Director John Brennan’s email account

October 21st at 5:20 PM

WikiLeaks is publishing the contents of CIA Director John Brennan’s email account

Days after the email hack of CIA Chief John Brennan was originally reported by the New York Post, WikiLeaks announced that it has obtained the contents of the account and will be releasing documents throughout the week.

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CIA Director Email

Why is the CIA Director still using AOL for email?

October 20th at 1:03 PM

Why is the CIA Director still using AOL for email?

The tech world this week has been abuzz with word that a high school student managed to hack the into the AOL email of CIA Director John Brennan, gaining access to his personal information and otherwise sensitive security information in the process. Rather than employing some high-tech wizardry in order to gain access, the hacker primarily relied on tried and true social engineering techniques.

Lost in the shuffle, though, is a question that has undoubtedly crossed everyone’s mind: Why in the world is the director of the CIA, of all people, still using an AOL email address? It’s a complicated and thorny question, but we managed to come up with a few explanations which may help shed some light on the issue.

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CIA Director Email Hack

The high school student who hacked the CIA Director’s personal email explains how easy it was

October 20th at 10:50 AM

The high school student who hacked the CIA Director’s personal email explains how easy it was

A teen hacker and two other people managed to hack CIA Director John Brennan’s personal email, revealing sensitive information from his email account. The group used various social-engineering techniques to pull information from tech support departments from Verizon and AOL that ultimately led to accessing the personal account of their target. More →

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Bin Laden Video Porn Collection Secret

CIA turns down the BroBible’s FOIA request to reveal bin Laden’s favorite porn

June 11th at 7:30 AM

CIA turns down the BroBible’s FOIA request to reveal bin Laden’s favorite porn

There are many questions about Osama bin Laden that people might want to have answered, and his adult movie preferences appear to be one of them. However, the CIA would not reveal this particular detail to anyone, no matter how hard they might try. More →

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Facebook Chat Privacy and Scans

A CIA-backed company may be scanning all your Facebook chats

April 14th at 8:30 PM

A CIA-backed company may be scanning all your Facebook chats

If you thought your Facebook chats are safe from prying eyes, you’re apparently wrong. Bosnadev says that Facebook’s chats are being scanned by a CIA-funded company, a discovery Bosnadev made after looking into some unusual activity on a website triggered by a link present in a Facebook chat. More →

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iPhone Hacking

CIA has been trying to hack the iPhone for nearly 10 years

March 10th at 2:51 PM

CIA has been trying to hack the iPhone for nearly 10 years

A new report from The Intercept claims that both the CIA and British intelligence have, for years, been working hard to skirt around the “layers of encryption” that Apple has implemented on the iPhone.

The revelations, sourced from Edward Snowden, detail for the first time just how laser focused the CIA has been in not only cracking encryption on the iPhone, but on the Mac as well. More →

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Cool CIA Spy Gadgets

You have to check out these crazy CIA spy gadgets from 50 years ago

August 28th at 4:24 PM

You have to check out these crazy CIA spy gadgets from 50 years ago

Have you ever watched a James Bond or Mission Impossible movie and wondered if any of those absurd gadgets could actually be put to use in the real world? Well as it so happens, the spies on the silver screen aren’t too different from our own Central Intelligence Agency of the mid-1900s. CNET has cobbled together a slideshow of some of the most fascinating pieces of spy tech in the history of the CIA — some of them need to be seen to be believed. More →

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CIA website hacked, taken offline by ‘Anonymous’

February 10th at 3:51 PM

CIA website hacked, taken offline by ‘Anonymous’

Hackers from the notorious group “Anonymous Operations” claim to have taken down the United States Central Intelligence Agency’s website shortly after 3:00 p.m. EST on Friday. “CIA TANGO DOWN: cia.gov,” a member of Anonymous posted to one of the group’s Twitter accounts. Anonymous’s motivation for this most recent cyberattack on the CIA is unclear, but this high-profile hit could be one of the group’s most significant attacks yet. As of the time of this writing, cia.gov was still offline. More →

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FBI raids ‘Anonymous’ hackers in New York

July 19th at 11:37 AM

FBI raids ‘Anonymous’ hackers in New York

The FBI raided the homes of three hackers from the infamous hacking group ‘Anonymous’ in New York, Fox News reported on Tuesday. Reportedly, more than 10 FBI agents stormed the house of Giordani Jordan in Baldwin New York and took “at least one laptop from the premises.” Jordan is suspected to have been behind denial of service (DoS) attacks against a number of firms, including Mastercard and Visa. In addition, agents are also searching homes in Long Island and Brooklyn. The hackers are said to be in their late teens and early 20s. It’s unclear if the hackers were also part of the group LulzSec, which claimed responsibility for hacks against Sony, the U.S. Senate and the CIA. More →

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