NSA Android App Store Hack

The NSA came up with a brilliantly sneaky way to hack your Android phone

By on May 21, 2015 at 10:30 PM.

The NSA came up with a brilliantly sneaky way to hack your Android phone

Once again, we have to tip our cap in grudging admiration for the lengths the National Security Administration will go to hack into our mobile devices. The Intercept has published some new documents leaked by Edward Snowden that show how the NSA and other spy agencies at one point planned to conduct man-in-the-middle attacks between end users and Android app stores to infect users’ phones with spyware. More →

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John Oliver Edward Snowden Interview

John Oliver interviewed Edward Snowden on Last Week Tonight – watch it here

By on April 6, 2015 at 3:05 PM.

John Oliver interviewed Edward Snowden on Last Week Tonight – watch it here

Edward Snowden was behind one of the biggest leaks of classified information in modern history. The only problem is that most of the information that he leaked is extraordinarily difficult to parse for the average American. Do you really understand what PRISM does? Do you have any idea how Executive Order 12333 affects your life?

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Facebook Data vs. NSA Spying

EU: Don’t use Facebook if you’re worried about NSA snooping

By on March 25, 2015 at 9:00 PM.

EU: Don’t use Facebook if you’re worried about NSA snooping

The many Snowden revelations, which have detailed the advanced spying and mass data collection operations conducted by some of the world’s most important agencies including the NSA and the GCHQ, have revealed that various U.S. tech companies might also be involved, whether willingly or unwillingly, in some NSA programs. The implications of the leaks detailing the Prism data collection program – that says the NSA has access to personal customer data from various U.S. companies including Apple, Facebook, Skype, Microsoft and Yahoo – might be far greater than initially believed, as they could affect the U.S.-EU Safe Harbor Framework for transatlantic data transfer and connected trade deals. More →

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NSA Vs. Cisco

How Cisco customers avoid NSA tampering

By on March 20, 2015 at 9:00 PM.

How Cisco customers avoid NSA tampering

While the NSA certainly has the technical chops to eavesdrop, monitor, and intercept all types of electronic communications, they’re also not afraid to employ more straightforward and simpler spycraft methods when it comes to keeping an eye on enemies of the state.

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Gemalto SIM Card Hack

Massive SIM card hack might have been too sophisticated to be caught in time

By on February 26, 2015 at 10:45 PM.

Massive SIM card hack might have been too sophisticated to be caught in time

A new Snowden leak a few days ago revealed that the NSA and GCHQ conducted a complex hack operation that focused on obtaining the secure encryption keys that protect mobile communications in devices with SIM cards. A subsequent report revealed that the goal of spy agencies might have been a lot bigger, as they may have been hunting for other security keys that would let them deploy spyware on any mobile device with a SIM card inside, and users would have no idea that anything had happened. More →

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Gemalto SIM Card Hack Details

Gemalto confirms hack, but denies massive SIM keys theft

By on February 25, 2015 at 8:20 PM.

Gemalto confirms hack, but denies massive SIM keys theft

Following reports that claimed the NSA and GCHQ may have targeted Gemalto, one of the main phone SIM cards makers, the company revealed that such attacks indeed took place in 2010 and 2011, though the hackers were not able to steal SIM keys, as had been reported by the media. More →

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Hack Proof Smartphone

A truly hack-proof smartphone may finally be unveiled next week

By on February 25, 2015 at 11:27 AM.

A truly hack-proof smartphone may finally be unveiled next week

About 18 months ago, reports indicating that the NSA spied on the private communications of Brazilian President Dilma Rouseff began to surface. Now comes word via Bloomberg that Brazil is working hard to develop a phone that it hopes will effectively be impossible to breach. More →

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NSA Gemalto SIM Hack Spyware

Why the NSA SIM hack might be far more serious than you think

By on February 25, 2015 at 6:50 AM.

Why the NSA SIM hack might be far more serious than you think

A few days ago, a report revealed that spy agencies including the NSA and GCHQ, managed to bypass the security of SIM card manufacturer Gemalto and gain access to valuable encryption keys that protect cellphone signals. Even though Gemalto denied the reports, but The Verge points out that the hack might be more serious than initially believed, as it could give agencies the ability of infecting any phone using these specific SIM cards with additional spyware programs. More →

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NSA SIM Card Hacking

Bombshell report reveals the NSA has stolen encryption keys for millions of SIM cards

By on February 20, 2015 at 7:15 AM.

Bombshell report reveals the NSA has stolen encryption keys for millions of SIM cards

In a bombshell report published on Thursday, Jeremy Scahill and Josh Begley of The Intercept detail how the NSA and British Intelligence operatives managed to steal encryption keys from Gemalto, a Netherlands-based firm which produces a huge percentage of SIM cards used across the globe.

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NSA Hard Drive Firmware Virus

One of NSA’s most precious spying tools was just uncovered

By on February 17, 2015 at 6:50 AM.

One of NSA’s most precious spying tools was just uncovered

Spy agencies have some very smart tools at their disposal for their surveillance and data gathering operations, many leaks have revealed so far, but Russian security agency Kaspersky Lab has uncovered one of the most important such cyber weapon available to the NSA, Reuters reports. According to the company, a country which it decided not to identify, but which the publication confirmed to be the U.S., has been able to sneak malware in a critical part of a computer, which practically made it possible not only to spy on a variety of targets with ease, but also bypass any security measures, and reinfect the machines over and over. More →

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NSA and GCHQ Spying

How to find out if the NSA and GCHQ spied on you

By on February 16, 2015 at 7:30 PM.

How to find out if the NSA and GCHQ spied on you

Following the many Snowden leaks that revealed some of the advanced mass data collection practices employed by spy agencies including the NSA and GCHQ, a collection of privacy advocates including Privacy International, Bytes for All, Liberty and Amnesty International has just won a major case against these practices. More →

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How To Stay Anonymous Online: NSA

This privacy-protecting app cocktail is the NSA’s worst nightmare

By on January 1, 2015 at 12:15 PM.

This privacy-protecting app cocktail is the NSA’s worst nightmare

Protecting your privacy online is not an easy thing to do, especially when it comes to the prying eyes of the NSA and other spy agencies that have complex tools at their disposal to help them collect massive amounts of personal data. But it turns out there are certain tools that are difficult even for the NSA to hack, a new report from Der Spiegel reveals. More →

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NSA-proof Encryption Services

These are the encryption services the NSA can’t crack

By on December 29, 2014 at 4:45 PM.

These are the encryption services the NSA can’t crack

The ripples from the massive National Security Agency leak orchestrated by former contract worker Edward Snowden continue to be felt even now. While most of the eye-opening revelations are behind us, the sheer volume of confidential documents exposed by Snowden has resulted in a continued trickle of information. Now, a new report covering information pulled from leaked NSA documents reveals several encrypted services that the NSA has been able to crack in its widespread data collection efforts.

More importantly, perhaps, the report identifies a number of secure services with encryption that the NSA has been unable to crack. More →

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