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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NSA Auroragold Cellphone Encryption

Of course the NSA spied on people who were working on better phone encryption

By on December 4, 2014 at 8:00 PM.

Of course the NSA spied on people who were working on better phone encryption

The NSA’s far-reaching powers have been further detailed in an extensive report from The Intercept, which reveals that the agency has conducted an advanced spying operation for years in an effort to spy on mobile operators working on phone encryption. The operation reportedly also targeted bodies that oversee telecom standards, in order to stay updated on new security protocols and identify or even insert vulnerabilities into those communication networks it wanted access to. More →

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GCHQ/NSA Submarine Cables Spy Operations

Massive surveillance operations possible with explicit help from telecom companies

By on November 26, 2014 at 6:50 AM.

Massive surveillance operations possible with explicit help from telecom companies

U.S. and U.K. spy agencies including the NSA and GCHQ, respectively, have performed a variety of sophisticated spy operations, collecting massive amounts of personal data, as many Edward Snowden leaks revealed in the past year. German publication Süddeutsche Zeitung has published a new report that reveals that as far back as 2009 the GCHQ, and thus also the NSA, had massive access to submarine cable links around the globe with help from now Vodafone-owned Cable & Wireless. More →

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Google vs. NSA: Personal Data

Survey: Internet users afraid of Google handling personal data more than the NSA

By on October 28, 2014 at 6:50 AM.

Survey: Internet users afraid of Google handling personal data more than the NSA

In light of the many detailed reports based on Edward Snowden’s leaks that revealed the sophisticated technologies the NSA and other spying agencies can employ for mass surveillance purposes, a new survey from Survata seems to indicate that Internet users are more afraid of their personal data being used by Google than the NSA. More →

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Snowden NSA MonsterMind Program

The NSA wants to eliminate malware once and for all, no matter the cost

By on August 13, 2014 at 8:15 PM.

The NSA wants to eliminate malware once and for all, no matter the cost

Well over a year after the Snowden leaks changed the way we think of security in the United States, the man still has plenty of information left to reveal. In an exhaustive interview with Wired’s James Bamford, Snowden discussed the NSA’s development of a new cyberwarfare program codenamed MonsterMind which could automatically seek out patterns that indicate a looming cyberattack and stop them at the source. More →

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NSA's Keith Alexander Private Online Security

Want to make $1 million per month? Retire from the NSA

By on July 30, 2014 at 9:15 PM.

Want to make $1 million per month? Retire from the NSA

Former NSA director Keith Alexander will charge companies up to $1 million a month to keep them safe from online hackers, Foreign Policy reports. Apparently Alexander and business partners from IronNet Cybersecurity have founded a new firm after leaving the government and military in March. The company supposedly offers a new technology that has a “unique” approach when it comes to detecting hackers online. More →

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GCHQ Names for Spying Tools

These are the absurd names British intelligence spies have to remember to spy on you

By on July 15, 2014 at 9:45 PM.

These are the absurd names British intelligence spies have to remember to spy on you

In case you didn’t know it by now, spy agencies are really good – and hopefully effective – at spying on people, including both actual valid targets as well as unsuspecting citizens who aren’t plotting anything bigger than a trip to an exotic country. To further demonstrate the power of one such agency – NSA’s close buddy, the British GCHQ, in this case – The Intercept has published a new Snowden leak, which reveals such ambitious mass spying plans, as well as their silly names. More →

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