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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NSA Spying Programs

Every crazy NSA revelation in one giant chart

By on July 1, 2014 at 1:26 PM.

Every crazy NSA revelation in one giant chart

The United States National Security Agency has had a rough year. It all began when former NSA contractor Edward Snowden infiltrated the agency’s systems and stole thousands upon thousands of confidential documents revealing many of the top-secret cyber surveillance programs the NSA has employed in recent years. The revelations began with PRISM but there have now been so many that it may be a good time for a quick recap. More →

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NSA Snowden Leaks

NSA chief says terrorists are changing their behavior thanks to Snowden leaks

By on July 1, 2014 at 9:00 AM.

NSA chief says terrorists are changing their behavior thanks to Snowden leaks

More than a year ago, former NSA contractor Edward Snowden began leaking thousands of confidential documents that he stole while working for the National Security Agency. The documents shined light on a number of controversial spying methods employed by the government agency, many of which were considered violations of American citizens’ privacy.

There are very good arguments for and against Snowden’s actions, and one of the most valid arguments against the leaks was the suggestion that terrorists would alter their behavior and strategies in order to avoid the now-public NSA monitoring tactics. As it turns out, the NSA has now confirmed that this is indeed the case — but the problem apparently isn’t as serious as many people had feared. More →

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Why Did Lavabit Shut Down

Why Lavabit shut down: Founder explains 38 days of legal hell

By on May 21, 2014 at 3:10 PM.

Why Lavabit shut down: Founder explains 38 days of legal hell

After Edward Snowden’s NSA leaks from last year, rumors circulated that Snowden used Lavabit, which at the time was a hugely popular secure email service. Soon after that, Lavabit founder Ladar Levison wrote that he was forced to decide between being “complicit in crimes against the American people or walk away from nearly ten years of hard work by shutting down Lavabit.” He decided to shut Lavabit down, and he added ominously, “I wish that I could legally share with you the events that led to my decision. I cannot.” More →

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