NSA Encryption Quantum Computers

Irony: NSA worried hackers with super computers might break current encryption standards

By on August 25, 2015 at 6:35 PM.

Irony: NSA worried hackers with super computers might break current encryption standards

The National Security Agency (NSA) has a bunch of sophisticated tools at its disposal to conduct massive data collection operations all in the name of doing good – and that’s definitely something you’d want from your intelligence agencies. Ironically, the NSA is already worried about the advanced computers that might be available to humans in the not so distant future, which could be used by hackers to break the complex cryptography that makes possible encryption.  More →

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Call Text Messages Bugging SS7 Hack

Huge phone network security flaw lets anyone bug calls and text messages

By on August 18, 2015 at 12:46 PM.

Huge phone network security flaw lets anyone bug calls and text messages

Spy agencies like the NSA and many others aren’t the only ones able to bug your calls and text messages, a new investigation shows. It turns out that anyone with the right equipment and know-how can tap into a carrier’s phone network to access calls and text messages for without the target’s knowledge. More →

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AT&T NSA

How AT&T helped the NSA spy on Internet traffic

By on August 17, 2015 at 7:45 AM.

How AT&T helped the NSA spy on Internet traffic

For decades, AT&T actively helped the NSA engage in widespread surveillance on both phone calls and Internet traffic. Citing documents made available by former NSA employee Edward Snowden, The New York Times and ProPublica both report that AT&T and the NSA have long shared a working relationship that is much closer than most people previously imagined.

In what one classified document termed a “highly collaborative” relationship, AT&T employed a number of varying methods to help the NSA acquire an incomprehensible amount of data.

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NSA China Hacking

Leaked NSA slides: Chinese hackers have been wreaking havoc on corporate America

By on July 31, 2015 at 10:15 PM.

Leaked NSA slides: Chinese hackers have been wreaking havoc on corporate America

NBC News this week obtained leaked slides from a February 2014 NSA presentation which highlight in specific detail the extent to which China has successfully hacked U.S. corporations and individuals.

As indicated by the map above, each red dot represents a unique “successful Chinese attempt to steal corporate and military secrets and data about America’s critical infrastructure, particularly the electrical power and telecommunications and internet backbone.” All told, there were nearly 700 successful hacking attempts on U.S. targets over the last five years.

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iPhone Monitoring Software

‘Hacking Team’ Hack Proves Governments Can Spy On Jailbroken iPhones

By on July 7, 2015 at 11:15 AM.

‘Hacking Team’ Hack Proves Governments Can Spy On Jailbroken iPhones

Forget about voiding your warranty and potentially rendering your iPhone unusable if something goes wrong, Apple fans now have another reason to avoid jailbreaking their smartphones: Government agencies like the NSA have the ability to spy on jailbroken iPhones, and now we have proof. More →

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NSA GCHQ Spying Kaspersky Antivirus

How the NSA Spied on Antivirus Companies to Make Undetectable Malware

By on June 22, 2015 at 10:30 PM.

How the NSA Spied on Antivirus Companies to Make Undetectable Malware

Russian antivirus company Kaspersky revealed recently that it was the target of hackers behind the Stuxnet and Duqu worms last year. The hackers have been attacking the company’s network for months, collecting data on its operations and software. But it turns out that intelligence agencies including the NSA and GCHQ have spied on antivirus companies for years, looking for exploitable vulnerabilities. More →

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Patriot Act Surveillance Program Expiry

The Senate just crippled the NSA’s spying program

By on June 1, 2015 at 10:00 PM.

The Senate just crippled the NSA’s spying program

Intelligence agencies in the U.S. won’t be able to use some of their highly sophisticated spying programs on Americans as easily as before, as certain portions of the Patriot Act have just expired on Sunday just before midnight, after the U.S. Senate decided not to extend them. More →

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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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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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