NSA Spying American Citizens

The NSA doesn’t even know how many Americans it’s spying on

By on April 29, 2016 at 1:50 PM.

The NSA doesn’t even know how many Americans it’s spying on

The National Security Agency (NSA), which is behind some of the world’s most sophisticated mass surveillance operations, can’t say how many Americans it’s spying on in these endeavors. That’s not because it’s a secret, though that might be a reason too. It’s because the agency’s operations are so vast that it can’t even figure out the number. More →

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Oliver Stone Snowden Movie Trailer

Watch the first trailer for Oliver Stone’s ‘Snowden’ movie

By on April 27, 2016 at 9:00 PM.

Watch the first trailer for Oliver Stone’s ‘Snowden’ movie

If you don’t know who Edward Snowden is and why he’s so important to the technology sector, then Oliver Stone’s Snowden will tell you everything you need to know about his story. If you already know who Snowden is, then you’re probably already anticipating the movie eagerly.

The first trailer already makes Snowden look like the next Bourne-style action movie, though parts of the trailer make the movie look kind of, well, lame. It’s too early to pass judgement, but watch it yourself and you’ll see. More →

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iPhone Spying Apple iCloud

Apple can’t really prevent the scary way spies might tap into iPhone data

By on March 24, 2016 at 1:47 PM.

Apple can’t really prevent the scary way spies might tap into iPhone data

Apple may have won its first major battle with intelligence and law enforcement agencies, at least in the public eye. But the iPhone encryption wars are far from over, and there’s no telling whether the FBI will indeed stop from harassing the company about creating backdoors into its software. Furthermore, there’s no telling what the NSA can already do when it comes to encrypted iPhones, and Apple is apparently worried that spies may have an out-of-the-box way to tap into iPhone data — one that doesn’t require court orders, public debates or new legislation.

It’s all very simple for intelligence agencies, and very scary for everyone else: Spies could be adding backdoors to Apple’s cloud. More →

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Apple FBI iPhone NSA Hackers

Why the NSA shouldn’t crack the San Bernardino shooter’s iPhone for the FBI

By on March 18, 2016 at 7:30 PM.

Why the NSA shouldn’t crack the San Bernardino shooter’s iPhone for the FBI

The iPhone 5c that belonged to San Bernardino shooter Syed Farook is susceptible to certain malicious attacks that could get the FBI what it wants: unrestricted access to a device that might hold some evidence linking the shooter to other potential suspects. The NSA has been conspicuously absent from the Apple vs. FBI battle, AND MANY HAVE WONDERED whether the NSA can indeed break into the handset… AS WELL AS why it’s not doing it to help in this particular investigation.

Even Apple indirectly acknowledged that the NSA might have what it takes to crack any iPhones, by grilling the FBI on the reason it didn’t explain why the NSA’s resources aren’t being used.

However, even if the NSA has powerful tools to crack iPhones, it’s probably for the best it doesn’t use them on this particular device. More →

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Apple FBI iPhone NSA

Did Apple just imply the NSA can hack iPhones?

By on March 16, 2016 at 7:00 PM.

Did Apple just imply the NSA can hack iPhones?

In a new court brief filed this week, Apple once again makes its case that the FBI’s request to force it to unlock the San Bernardino shooter’s iPhone 5c isn’t constitutional. While this isn’t surprising, it’s notable that the iPhone maker also implies that the NSA might have what it takes to decrypt iPhones for the FBI. It’s just that the Bureau seems not to have sought such assistance.

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Apple FBI San Bernardino iPhone NSA

Former White House counter-terrorism chief advisor says NSA can hack San Bernardino iPhone

By on March 15, 2016 at 7:45 AM.

Former White House counter-terrorism chief advisor says NSA can hack San Bernardino iPhone

The FBI is trying to convince us all that Apple has to be forced to create a backdoor in the iPhone so that the San Bernardino shooter’s phone can be inspected for digital evidence. But not all experts agree with that stance, with many saying that the FBI or other intelligence agencies, could crack that iPhone.

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Why the NSA doesn’t support the FBI in the San Bernardino iPhone case

By on March 10, 2016 at 6:05 PM.

Why the NSA doesn’t support the FBI in the San Bernardino iPhone case

The Snowden leaks explained in great detail some of the most sophisticated spying tools the NSA has developed in recent years for conducting mass surveillance operations and collecting data. That’s one of the reasons why Apple and other tech companies started using encryption to protect their devices, and why Apple is currently involved in a high-profile case against the FBI.

The government agency wants access to the iPhone 5c that belonged to one of the San Bernardino shooters, looking to force Apple to create a backdoor into the operating system. Many people pondered why the FBI isn’t cracking the iPhone without help from Apple, and why the NSA and CIA aren’t providing any assistance.

New reports cast a different light on the case, revealing that the NSA is not in the FBI’s corner in this fight and explaining why the intelligence agency isn’t keen on breaking iPhone encryption the way the FBI wants. More →

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iPhone Encryption Backdoors GCHQ

High-profile spy agency defends encryption, says it doesn’t want iPhone backdoors

By on March 8, 2016 at 8:45 PM.

High-profile spy agency defends encryption, says it doesn’t want iPhone backdoors

Apple’s fight with the FBI is one of the most important stories in tech today, as its outcome will have major implications for consumer privacy and safety. But while the FBI is essentially asking Apple to build a backdoor into iOS to unlock the iPhone 5c used by one of the San Bernardino shooters, other spy agencies are claiming they’re actually in favor of strong encryption.

The NSA is one of them and it has repeatedly claimed that strong encryption is required in today’s tech landscape. And now British spy agency GCHQ has chimed in to say that it also supports strong encryption on the web.

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FBI Vs Apple NSA Hackers

Why isn’t the NSA helping the FBI unlock iPhones?

By on March 4, 2016 at 11:25 AM.

Why isn’t the NSA helping the FBI unlock iPhones?

The hackers at the National Security Agency have repeatedly shown themselves to be some of the most talented in the world and have hacked into the private data centers of both Google and Microsoft. Why, then, hasn’t the FBI turned to the NSA for help in unlocking the iPhone 5c used by San Bernardino shooter Syed Rizwan Farook? The Intercept has written an interesting article asking that very question and it concludes that the NSA likely does have the technical means to break into an iPhone that was released all the way back in 2013. More →

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Privacy Shield NSA Spying

NSA can still spy under new ‘Privacy Shield’ agreement with Europe

By on March 2, 2016 at 9:15 PM.

NSA can still spy under new ‘Privacy Shield’ agreement with Europe

The United States and the European Union are about to reach a new privacy agreement intended to replace the old Safe Harbor agreement that came under intense scrutiny after the Snowden leaks revealed the scope of NSA’s data collection operations.

The new Privacy Shield was published in full a few days ago, showing the principles that would govern the exchange of digital information between EU consumers and U.S. companies. However, the new agreement also has provisions that explain how and when the NSA can continue bulk data collection in the region. More →

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Apple Vs FBI

Apple asks the FBI: How hard did you really try to hack into the iPhone?

By on March 2, 2016 at 8:20 AM.

Apple asks the FBI: How hard did you really try to hack into the iPhone?

There’s no question that Apple’s ongoing legal dispute with the FBI has brought a myriad of complex legal, security, and policy issues to the forefront. But if we put those serious issues aside for just a moment, one of the more interesting aspects of the case, I think, is that the FBI even needed Apple’s help in the first place.

Especially given how pervasive and advanced the NSA’s surveillance and hacking techniques were even just a few years ago, many people, including myself, were of the opinion that government agencies, from the FBI to the CIA, likely had the technical expertise to effectively hack into any device and monitor anyone, anywhere.

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NSA Encryption Paris Attacks

Just how much access does the NSA have to all unencrypted communications?

By on February 19, 2016 at 9:15 PM.

Just how much access does the NSA have to all unencrypted communications?

In case you haven’t been following the news, the encryption wars are back and a huge Apple vs. FBI clash is the latest major conflict. The FBI wants access to the iPhone that belonged to one of the shooters in the San Bernardino massacre, and Apple is refusing to offer it.

But long before this week’s big battle, there was a debate over the role that encryption played in the deadly terrorist attacks in Paris last November. The NSA now says that the Paris attacks “would not have happened,” without encryption.

So does that mean the NSA can listen to everything except encrypted chats and communications?

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NSA Hacking Chief

NSA’s chief hacker explains how to keep the NSA out of your business

By on January 29, 2016 at 11:00 PM.

NSA’s chief hacker explains how to keep the NSA out of your business

The level, reach, and breadth of NSA surveillance activities, which were originally brought to the surface by Edward Snowden, undoubtedly opened the eyes of many. As a result, the public over the past three years has learned an awful lot about the NSA’s capabilities and some of the more clever approaches they incorporate when conducting surveillance.

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