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  • Snowden reveals automated NSA cyberwarfare program

    08/13/2014 10:36:36 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 13 replies
    computer world ^ | 8-13-2014 | Grant Gross (IDG News Service)
    The NSA cyberwarfare program, called MonsterMind, uses software to look for traffic patterns indicating possible foreign cyberattacks, according to Snowden, quoted in a lengthy profile in Wired. MonsterMind could automatically block a cyberattack from entering the U.S., then retaliate against the attackers, according to the Wired story. Snowden, when he was working as an NSA contractor, was concerned that MonsterMind could lead to misdirected counterattacks. "These attacks can be spoofed," he told Wired. "You could have someone sitting in China, for example, making it appear that one of these attacks is originating in Russia. And then we end up shooting...
  • U.S. Defense Department, NSA Did Not Get Tor User Data

    08/06/2014 12:38:54 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 4 replies
    Reuters ^ | Tue Aug 5, 2014 | Joseph Menn
    The U.S. Department of Defense did not receive personal data on users of Internet privacy service Tor through a government-funded project to detect vulnerabilities, a Defense spokeswoman told Reuters on Tuesday. "This particular project was focused on identifying vulnerabilities in Tor, not to collect data that would reveal personal identities of users," said Defense Department spokeswoman Lieutenant Colonel Valerie Henderson, adding that the National Security Agency also did not receive data. The project was conducted by two researchers at Carnegie-Mellon University's Software Engineering Institute with funding from the Defense Department.
  • Report: NSA compiling baby photos, medical records and resumes of citizens

    07/07/2014 11:52:20 AM PDT · by Dallas59 · 39 replies
    FOX 31 ^ | 7/6/2014 | FOX 31
    NEW YORK — Heaps of baby photos, fitness selfies, medical records and resumes are among thousands of private communications scooped up and stored by NSA spy programs. That’s according to new disclosures based on documents Edward Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor, gave to The Washington Post — disclosures that show just how easy it is for Americans’ private conversations to be swept into the spy agency’s traps. Snowden provided the Post with what it said were 160,000 intercepted conversations, including e-mails, instant messages, photographs, social network posts and other documents. The trove included messages exchanged from 2009 through...
  • In NSA-intercepted data, those not targeted far outnumber the foreigners who are

    07/05/2014 8:34:50 PM PDT · by Cato in PA · 24 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | July 5, 2014 | Barton Gellman, Julie Tate and Ashkan Soltani
    Ordinary Internet users, American and non-American alike, far outnumber legally targeted foreigners in the communications intercepted by the National Security Agency from U.S. digital networks, according to a four-month investigation by The Washington Post. Nine of 10 account holders found in a large cache of intercepted conversations, which former NSA contractor Edward Snowden provided in full to The Post, were not the intended surveillance targets but were caught in a net the agency had cast for somebody else.
  • NSA: We can't stop deleting evidence

    06/10/2014 12:36:43 PM PDT · by PoloSec · 12 replies
    WND ^ | June 10 2014 | WND
    The National Security Agency is making an ironic excuse for why it can’t stop deleting data evidence that could be used against it, despite receiving multiple court orders to stop – it doesn’t know how. Technology focused privacy group Electronic Frontier Foundation, which currently has a case pending against NSA alleging the agency illegally intercepted client data, discovered through a Justice Department email slip-up last week that the agency was deleting evidence it had already been ordered to keep by multiple courts. After failing to comply with an order to retain data collected under both executive authority and Foreign Intelligence...
  • Judge Orders NSA To Stop Destroying Evidence — For The Third Time

    06/06/2014 5:45:49 PM PDT · by Nachum · 9 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 6/6/14 | Giuseppe Macr
    A federal judge has ordered the government to stop destroying National Security Agency surveillance records that could be used to challenge the legality of its spying programs in court. U.S. District Court Judge Jeffrey White’s ruling came at the request of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, which is in the midst of a case challenging NSA’s ability to surveil foreign citizen’s U.S.-based email and social media accounts. According to the EFF, the signals intelligence agency and the Department of Justice were knowingly destroying key evidence in the case by purposefully misinterpreting earlier preservation orders by multiple courts,
  • FBI Chief: ‘Be Suspicious’ of Government Power

    05/22/2014 10:07:54 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 9 replies
    The Hill ^ | 05/21/14 | Julian Hattem
    The head of the FBI says he understands why people worry about the scope of the government's powers, and in fact, he agrees with them. “I believe people should be suspicious of government power. I am,” Director James Comey told the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday morning. “I think this country was founded by people who were worried about government power so they divided it among three branches,” he added. In the months since Edward Snowden leaked documents detailing the country’s intelligence programs, Comey said that “it’s hard for me, sometimes, to find the space and time to talk about...
  • JUSTICE SCALIA: 'FOOLISH' TO HAVE THE SUPREME COURT DECIDE IF NSA WIRETAPPING IS UNCONSTITUTIONAL

    04/19/2014 2:49:04 PM PDT · by BuckeyeTexan · 105 replies
    Breitbart.tv ^ | 4/19/2014 | Pam Key
    Thursday in an interview conducted at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., Justices Antonin Scalia and Ruth Bader Ginsburg talked about their views of the First Amendment. Moderator Marvin Kalb questioned Scalia about whether the NSA wiretapping cloud be conceivably be in violation of the Constitution: Justice Antonin Scalia said, "No because it's not absolute. As Ruth has said there are very few freedoms that are absolute. I mean your person is protected by the Fourth Amendment but as I pointed out when you board a plane someone can pass his hands all over your body that's a terrible...
  • Google Knew About Heartbleed and Didn’t Tell the Government

    04/16/2014 12:55:45 PM PDT · by george76 · 11 replies
    National Journal ^ | April 14, 2014 | Brendan Sasso
    Federal systems remained vulnerable to hackers even after researchers identified the bug. Google knew about a critical flaw in Internet security, but it didn't alert anyone in the government. Neel Mehta, a Google engineer, first discovered "Heartbleed"—a bug that undermines the widely used encryption technology OpenSSL—some time in March. A team at the Finnish security firm Codenomicon discovered the flaw around the same time. Google was able to patch most of its services—such as email, search, and YouTube—before the companies publicized the bug on April 7. The researchers also notified a handful of other companies about the bug before going...
  • More NSA revelations are yet to come, says author

    04/07/2014 8:27:30 AM PDT · by MeshugeMikey · 33 replies
    dw.de ^ | April 5, 2014 | No Attribution
    Only a fraction of the NSA's spying activities has been revealed to the public, claims German journalist Holger Stark in his new book. In an interview, he tells DW more about how the "surveillance matrix" functions. DW: You were one of the first people with access to the Snowden documents, some of which were classified as strictly confidential. What shocked you the most when reading them? Holger Stark: I was particularly fascinated by how early the NSA categorized the Internet as a medium for full-scale monitoring. There was a passage in the documents of former NSA chief Kenneth Minihan from...
  • NSA performed warrantless searches on Americans' calls and emails – Clapper

    04/01/2014 3:56:02 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 15 replies
    The Guardian UK ^ | April 1, 2014 | by Spencer Ackerman
    US intelligence chiefs have confirmed that the National Security Agency has used a "back door" in surveillance law to perform warrantless searches on Americans’ communications. The NSA's collection programs are ostensibly targeted at foreigners, but in August the Guardian revealed a secret rule change allowing NSA analysts to search for Americans' details within the databases. Now, in a letter to Senator Ron Wyden, an Oregon Democrat on the intelligence committee, the director of national intelligence, James Clapper, has confirmed for the first time the use of this legal authority to search for data related to “US persons”.
  • Mark Zuckerberg Calls US Government ‘Threat to the Internet’

    03/13/2014 4:22:58 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 25 replies
    ABC News ^ | March 13, 2014 | By Alyssa Newcomb
    Mark Zuckerberg lashed out at the government for its surveillance practices in a rant today on his Facebook page. “When our engineers work tirelessly to improve security, we imagine we’re protecting you against criminals, not our own government.,” Zuckerberg wrote. Zuckerberg and other major tech CEOs have called on the Obama administration to be more transparent about spying efforts. The Facebook co-founder, 29, said he vented about his concerns in a phone call to the president. “The US government should be the champion for the internet, not a threat. They need to be much more transparent about what they’re doing,...
  • NSA's Malware Methods Outed in Latest Leak

    03/13/2014 5:21:22 PM PDT · by Aqua Buddhist · 21 replies
    NBC ^ | March 12, 2014 | Devin Coldewey
    The latest report from the top-secret documents that former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden made off with describes the agency's efforts to infect and monitor PCs much in the way ordinary hackers do. The methods aren't particularly original, but the scale of the operations is huge. Ryan Gallagher and Glenn Greenwald reported on the revelations in great detail, but the takeaway is fairly straightforward. The NSA is employing hacking tools that will sound familiar to anyone in the security field: browser exploits, man-in-the-middle attacks and plain old spam....
  • NSA pretended to be Facebook to infect millions of computers

    03/13/2014 10:53:12 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 28 replies
    foxnews ^ | March 12, 2014 | Andrew Couts
    As part of its efforts to install malware on “millions” of computers worldwide, the National Security Agency impersonated Facebook to trick targets into downloading malicious code. “In some cases the NSA has masqueraded as a fake Facebook server, using the social media site as a launching pad to infect a target’s computer and exfiltrate files from a hard drive,” reports The Intercept in its latest expose based on top-secret documents obtained by Edward Snowden. “[The NSA] has sent out spam emails laced with the malware, which can be tailored to covertly record audio from a computer’s microphone and take snapshots...
  • A New Assault on Freedom of the Press

    02/13/2014 6:06:31 AM PST · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 13, 2014 | Judge Andrew Napolitano
    Last week, a little noticed clash took place on Capitol Hill involving the fundamental values underlying the First Amendment. The issue was the lawfulness of publishing the secrets that were given to reporters by former National Security Agency (NSA) contractor Edward Snowden. The disputants were Cong. Mike Rogers, R-Mich., and FBI Director James Comey. Rogers is the chief congressional apologist for the massive NSA spying apparatus. He is the current chair of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, and in that capacity, he is one of the dozen members of Congress from both houses who were privy to much...
  • Feds: NSA ‘Probably’ Spies on Members of Congress (explains weak-kneed GOP?)

    02/04/2014 11:36:20 AM PST · by quesney · 51 replies
    National Journal ^ | Feb. 4, 2014 | By Dustin Volz
    The National Security Agency "probably" collects phone records of members of Congress and their staffs, a senior Justice Department official conceded Tuesday. Deputy Attorney General James Cole buckled under questioning from multiple lawmakers during a House Judiciary Committee hearing reviewing proposals to reform the NSA's surveillance activity.
  • Spy Agencies Scour Phone Apps for Personal Data

    01/27/2014 9:57:07 AM PST · by John W · 52 replies
    The New York Times ^ | January 27, 2014 | JAMES GLANZ, JEFF LARSON and ANDREW W. LEHREN
    When a smartphone user opens Angry Birds, the popular game application, and starts slinging birds at chortling green pigs, spy agencies have plotted how to lurk in the background to snatch data revealing the player’s location, age, sex and other personal information, according to secret British intelligence documents. In their globe-spanning surveillance for terrorism suspects and other targets, the National Security Agency and its British counterpart have been trying to exploit a basic byproduct of modern telecommunications: With each new generation of mobile phone technology, ever greater amounts of personal data pour onto networks where spies can pick it up....
  • NSA spying through Angry Birds, Google Maps, leaked documents reportedly reveal

    01/27/2014 1:33:42 PM PST · by Doogle · 25 replies
    FOXNEWS ^ | 01/27/14 | FOXNEWS
    The NSA and its British counterpart are tapping popular smartphone apps such as Angry Birds to peek into the tremendous amounts of very personal data those bits of software collect -- including age, location, sex and even sexual preferences, according to new reports from the New York Times and The Guardian. Citing confidential documents provided by whistleblower Edward Snowden, the reports detail efforts to supplement data collection from cell phone carriers and smartphones by tapping into “leaky” apps themselves. “Some apps, the documents state, can share users' most sensitive information such as sexual orientation – and one app recorded in...
  • NSA and GCHQ target 'leaky' phone apps like Angry Birds to scoop user data

    01/27/2014 10:58:33 AM PST · by C19fan · 28 replies
    UK Guardian ^ | January 27, 2014 | James Ball
    The National Security Agency and its UK counterpart GCHQ have been developing capabilities to take advantage of "leaky" smartphone apps, such as the wildly popular Angry Birds game, that transmit users' private information across the internet, according to top secret documents. The data pouring onto communication networks from the new generation of iPhone and Android apps ranges from phone model and screen size to personal details such as age, gender and location. Some apps, the documents state, can share users' most sensitive information such as sexual orientation – and one app recorded in the material even sends specific sexual preferences...
  • White House rejects review board finding that NSA data sweep is illegal

    01/24/2014 7:31:41 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 28 replies
    Fox News ^ | January 23, 2014 | (With AP)
    The White House on Thursday disputed the findings of an independent review board that said the National Security Agency’s mass data collection program is illegal and should be ended, indicating the administration would not be taking that advice. “We simply disagree with the board’s analysis on the legality of the program,” White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said. He was responding to a scathing report from The Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board (PCLOB), which said the program ran afoul of the law on several fronts. “The … bulk telephone records program lacks a viable legal foundation,” the board’s report...
  • A Lesson From Ukraine On Cell Phone Metadata

    01/24/2014 2:40:59 PM PST · by Theoria · 7 replies
    NPR ^ | 22 Jan 2014 | Jeremy Hobson
    Today, Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych promised to reshuffle his government and release protesters from jail. It’s a big step forward for protesters in Kiev who have filled the streets since November 21, when the president’s cabinet announced that it would abandon an agreement to strengthen ties with the European Union, and instead seek closer cooperation with Moscow. The protests have been mostly peaceful, but after violent clashes on Sunday that killed several protesters, something strange happened on Tuesday. A chilling text message showed up on cell phones in Ukraine earlier this week. “Dear Subscriber,” it read, “you are registered as...
  • CODEVILLA: Government’s secret backdoor to your email

    01/20/2014 12:26:25 PM PST · by ransomnote · 12 replies
    washingtontimes.com ^ | January 17, 2014 | By Angelo M. Codevilla
    The NSA orchestrated Internet vulnerabilities against the directive of Congress Every child learns not to touch a neighbor’s mailbox. “That’s a federal crime,” he’s told, and for good reason. However, the transactions and love-hate letters that used to go through physical mailboxes now go through electronic ones. The U.S. government cannot protect their privacy. What the laws and customs that surround the U.S. mail once did is now done by encryption. Government’s own role is problematic, because many of its various agencies want to look into our mailboxes by defeating encryption. We can understand how serious a matter this is...
  • Snowden scandal to cost US cloud companies billions

    01/20/2014 11:22:54 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 26 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 20.01.14 @ 09:25 | Nikolaj Nielsen
    The US cloud industry faces up to €25.8 billion in lost revenues following revelations about US-led snooping on EU citizens. “The surveillance revelations will cost the US cloud computing industry USD 22 to 35 billion in lost revenues over the next three year,” said EU justice commissioner Viviane Reding on Sunday (19 January) at the Digital Life Design Conference in Munich. …
  • Obama Aides: He Didn't Know Extent of NSA Surveillance

    01/17/2014 11:10:29 AM PST · by COUNTrecount · 42 replies
    The Truth Revolt ^ | January 17, 2014
    Obama Aides: He Didn't Know Extent of NSA Surveillance "I think it was disturbing to most people, and I think he found it disturbing.” President Obama doesn’t merely claim ignorance of the IRS’ targeting of politically conservative groups or the Department of Justice’s targeting of journalists: according to The New York Times, Obama was also ignorant of the extent of NSA surveillance. According to the Times, “aides said Mr. Obama was surprised to learn after leaks by Edward J. Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor, just how far the surveillance had gone.” David Plouffe, Obama’s advisor, said, “Things seem...
  • NSA collects millions of text messages daily in 'untargeted' global sweep

    01/16/2014 11:17:41 AM PST · by C19fan · 11 replies
    UK Guardian ^ | January 16, 2014 | James Ball
    The National Security Agency has collected almost 200 million text messages a day from across the globe, using them to extract data including location, contact networks and credit card details, according to top-secret documents. The untargeted collection and storage of SMS messages – including their contacts – is revealed in a joint investigation between the Guardian and the UK’s Channel 4 News based on material provided by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden. The documents also reveal the UK spy agency GCHQ has made use of the NSA database to search the metadata of “untargeted and unwarranted” communications belonging to people in...
  • Obama’s Path From Critic to Overseer of Spying

    01/16/2014 6:47:36 AM PST · by C19fan · 9 replies
    NY Times ^ | January 15, 2014 | Peter Baker
    As a young lawmaker defining himself as a presidential candidate, Barack Obama visited a center for scholars in August 2007 to give a speech on terrorism. He described a surveillance state run amok and vowed to rein it in. “That means no more illegal wiretapping of American citizens,” he declared. “No more national security letters to spy on citizens who are not suspected of a crime.” ....................................................... Feeling little pressure to curb the security agencies, Mr. Obama largely left them alone until Mr. Snowden began disclosing secret programs last year. Mr. Obama was angry at the revelations, privately excoriating Mr....
  • Obama to lie in minutes.....(vanity)

    01/17/2014 7:55:54 AM PST · by Doogle · 41 replies
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  • Live Thread: Obama to Speak on State of the Sham Wow NSA Surveillance 11 A.M. EST 1/17/14

    01/17/2014 7:53:44 AM PST · by kristinn · 80 replies
    Friday, January 17, 2014 | Kristinn
    Obama to speak on the NSA surveillance scandal from the Justice Department around 11 a.m. EST today.C-SPAN's description:The President delivers remarks at the Department of Justice presenting the outcomes of the Administration's review of U.S. signals intelligence programs. He is expected to focus on steps that increase oversight and transparency while leaving the framework of the surveillance programs in place. In addition, according to officials, the President will turn to Congress for guidance regarding the future of NSA data collection. The President’s Review Group on Intelligence and Communications Technologies recommended more than 40 suggested changes at the NSA in a...
  • N.S.A. Devises Radio Pathway Into Computers

    01/14/2014 6:00:33 PM PST · by John W · 73 replies
    The New York Times ^ | January 14, 2014 | DAVID E. SANGER and THOM SHANKER
    WASHINGTON — The National Security Agency has implanted software in nearly 100,000 computers around the world that allows the United States to conduct surveillance on those machines and can also create a digital highway for launching cyberattacks. While most of the software is inserted by gaining access to computer networks, the N.S.A. has increasingly made use of a secret technology that enables it to enter and alter data in computers even if they are not connected to the Internet, according to N.S.A. documents, computer experts and American officials. The technology, which has been used by the agency since at least...
  • Obama Invites Merkel to Washington After Spying Row

    01/08/2014 7:42:04 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    INN ^ | 1/9/2014, 4:13 AM | Elad Benari
    United States President Barack Obama invited German Chancellor Angela Merkel to Washington on Wednesday, hoping to mend fences after a row provoked by revelations of U.S. eavesdropping on her cellphone, AFP reports. Obama called Merkel to wish her a speedy recovery after her recent skiing injury and invited her to visit at a “mutually agreeable time in the coming months,” the White House said in a statement quoted by the news agency. Merkel reacted furiously towards the end of 2013 to revelations that the National Security Agency had been listening in on her mobile, telling Obama in October that this...
  • The NSA refuses to deny spying on members of Congress

    01/04/2014 7:50:37 PM PST · by markomalley · 73 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 1/4/2014 | BRIAN FUNG
    "Has the NSA spied, or is the NSA currently spying, on members of Congress or other elected officials?" That's the question Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) put to the National Security Agency's chief in a bluntly worded letter Friday. It seems, however, that the agency cannot categorically say no. Sanders didn't use the word "spy" lightly. He was careful to define his terms, indicating he meant the collection of phone records from personal as well as official telephones, "content from Web sites visited or e-mails sent," and data that companies collect but don't release to the public.
  • NSA seeks to build quantum computer that could crack most types of encryption

    01/02/2014 1:42:59 PM PST · by Biggirl · 26 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | January 2, 2014 | Steve Rich
    In room-size metal boxes, secure against electromagnetic leaks, the National Security Agency is racing to build a computer that could break nearly every kind of encryption used to protect banking, medical, business and government records around the world. According to documents provided by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, the effort to build “a cryptologically useful quantum computer” — a machine exponentially faster than classical computers — is part of a $79.7 million research program titled, “Penetrating Hard Targets.” Much of the work is hosted under classified contracts at a laboratory in College Park.
  • German magazine claims NSA hacking unit uses powerful methods to obtain data

    12/29/2013 9:06:02 PM PST · by gooblah · 5 replies
    Foxnews ^ | December 29 2013
    A German magazine, citing internal documents, claims the NSA’s hacking unit uses James Bond-style spy gear to obtain data, including intercepting computer deliveries and outfitting them with espionage software.
  • Microsoft, Apple, Google, Facebook call for NSA muzzle - the privacy rights of the public.

    12/09/2013 8:19:22 AM PST · by dennisw · 35 replies
    zdnet. ^ | 12-9 | By Charlie Osborne
    Summary: The Reform Government Surveillance group, an alliance between eight major technology firms, aims to persuade the U.S. government to stop undermining the privacy rights of the general public. Household names including Apple and Google have formally called for changes to U.S. surveillance practices and policy, arguing that current operations undermine the freedom of people. Eight companies, Google, Apple, Facebook, Twitter, AOL, Microsoft, Yahoo and LinkedIn have formed an alliance called the Reform Government Surveillance group. Although usually fierce competitors, the group have come together in agreement over the U.S. government's spying programs -- brought to light by former National...
  • NSA gathering 5bn cell phone records daily, Snowden documents show

    12/04/2013 9:06:54 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 13 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Wednesday 4 December 2013 | Paul Lewis
    The National Security Agency is reportedly collecting almost 5 billion cell phone records a day under a program that monitors and analyses highly personal data about the precise whereabouts of individuals, wherever they travel in the world. Details of the giant database of location-tracking information, and the sophisticated ways in which the NSA uses the data to establish relationships between people, have been revealed by the Washington Post, which cited documents supplied by whistleblower Edward Snowden and intelligence officials. The spy agency is said to be tracking the movements of “at least hundreds of millions of devices” in what amounts...
  • NSA tracking cellphone locations worldwide, Snowden documents show

    12/04/2013 3:19:55 PM PST · by MeshugeMikey · 11 replies
    Washington Post ^ | December 5 2013 | Barton Gellman and Ashkan Soltani
    The records feed a vast database that stores information about the locations of at least hundreds of millions of devices, according to the officials and the documents, which were provided by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden. New projects created to analyze that data have provided the intelligence community with what amounts to a mass surveillance tool.
  • 'NSA exceeded the scope of authorised acquisition continuously,' says Judge

    11/19/2013 8:04:30 AM PST · by kobald · 22 replies
    Computing ^ | 19 Nov 2013 | Danny Palmer
    A Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) has criticised the US government for ignoring guidelines surrounding the National Security Agency's (NSA) Prism programme for domestic surveillance of web users. FISC set out suggested regulations for the Prism programme, which spied on citizens' emails and web use for around 10 years before being shut down in 2011... "NSA exceeded the scope of authorised acquisition continuously during the more than [redacted] years of acquisition under these orders," wrote Judge Bates in a 117 page document. He added that guidelines stated that the government should only gather data on those for whom there was...
  • Supreme Court Rejects Plea to Look at NSA Program

    11/18/2013 8:03:02 AM PST · by GIdget2004 · 11 replies
    ABC News ^ | November 18, 2013 | AP News
    The Supreme Court is refusing to intervene in the controversy surrounding the National Security Agency, rejecting a call from a privacy group to stop NSA from collecting the telephone records of millions of Verizon customers in the United States. While the justices on Monday declined to get involved in this issue, other lawsuits on the topic are making their way through the lower courts around the country. But in the case at hand, the Electronic Privacy Information Center bypassed lower courts and said that only the Supreme Court can overrule a decision by the secretive Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, whose...
  • NSA Scandal Warning: Are US Facilities in Germany at Greater Risk?

    11/11/2013 12:20:33 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | November 11, 2013 – 01:44 PM
    Following recent revelations about NSA spying, Spiegel has learned that Germany’s Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution recently issued a security warning to authorities in the country’s 16 states. The domestic intelligence agency warned in an Oct. 30 letter that “an emotional response from certain segments of the population cannot be ruled out” and recommended that “security measures aimed at protecting US facilities in Germany should be increased.” The agency said the background behind the “potential threat” was ongoing discussions about the “collection of Germans’ data by the United States.” …
  • Google: NSA spying on data centers is ‘outrageous’

    11/04/2013 5:24:43 PM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 24 replies
    Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt called reports of the U.S. government spying on the company's data centers "outrageous" and if proven true, potentially illegal. "It's really outrageous that the National Security Agency (NSA) was looking between the Google data centers, if that's true," Schmidt told The Wall Street Journal. "The steps that the organization was willing to do without good judgment to pursue its mission and potentially violate people's privacy, it's not OK." According to Schmidt, Google has registered complaints against President Obama, the NSA and members of Congress.
  • NSA Scandal: Obama Takes Pope's Confession

    10/31/2013 11:57:02 AM PDT · by markomalley · 16 replies
    Big Peace ^ | 10/31/2013 | JOEL B. POLLAK
    The Obama administration has been accused of spying on Archbishop Jorge Mario Bergoglio, the future Popr Francis, "before and during the Vatican conclave at which he was chosen to succeed Benedict XVI," the UK Telegraph reports, citing the Italian magazine Panorama. The National Security Agency is alleged to have monitored the cardinals' telephone calls as part of a spy program targeting foreign leaders.U.S. officials attempted to blunt some of the controversy surrounding these accusations by revealing that millions of telephone records had been collected by France and Spain and handed over to the NSA, the Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday. However,...
  • NSA infiltrates links to Yahoo, Google data centers worldwide, Snowden documents say

    10/30/2013 10:28:56 AM PDT · by John W · 9 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | October 30, 2013 | Barton Gellman and Ashkan Soltani
    The National Security Agency has secretly broken into the main communications links that connect Yahoo and Google data centers around the world, according to documents obtained from former NSA contractor Edward Snowden and interviews with knowledgeable officials. By tapping those links, the agency has positioned itself to collect at will from among hundreds of millions of user accounts, many of them belonging to Americans. The NSA does not keep everything it collects, but it keeps a lot. According to a top secret accounting dated Jan. 9, 2013, NSA’s acquisitions directorate sends millions of records every day from Yahoo and Google...
  • NSA site down due to alleged DDoS attack

    10/25/2013 3:15:51 PM PDT · by MeshugeMikey · 41 replies
    http://rt.com/usa/nsa-site-ddos-attack-754/ ^ | October 25, 2013 | Unattributed
    The website for the United States National Security Agency suddenly went offline Friday. NSA.gov has been unavailable globally as of late Friday afternoon, and Twitter accounts belonging to people loosely affiliated with the Anonymous hacktivism movement have suggested they are responsible.
  • NSA Website down - being actively hacked

    10/25/2013 4:32:32 PM PDT · by usconservative · 21 replies
    Self | 10/25/2013 | USConservative
    NSA Website down - not reachable. Being hacked at this moment.
  • Officials alert foreign services that Snowden has documents on their cooperation with U.S.

    10/25/2013 7:13:17 AM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 79 replies
    Washington Post ^ | October 24, 2013 | By Ellen Nakashima
    U.S. officials are alerting some foreign intelligence services that documents detailing their secret cooperation with the United States have been obtained by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden, according to government officials. Snowden, U.S. officials said, took tens of thousands of military intelligence documents, some of which contain sensitive material about collection programs against adversaries such as Iran, Russia and China. Some refer to operations that in some cases involve countries not publicly allied with the United States. The process of informing officials in capital after capital about the risk of disclosure is delicate. In some cases, one part...
  • NSA monitored calls of 35 world leaders after US official handed over contacts

    10/24/2013 11:48:25 AM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 33 replies
    The Guardian ^ | October 24, 2013 | By James Ball
    The National Security Agency monitored the phone conversations of 35 world leaders after being given the numbers by an official in another US government department, according to a classified document provided by whistleblower Edward Snowden. The confidential memo reveals that the NSA encourages senior officials in its "customer" departments, such the White House, State and the Pentagon, to share their "Rolodexes" so the agency can add the phone numbers of leading foreign politicians to their surveillance systems. The document notes that one unnamed US official handed over 200 numbers, including those of the 35 world leaders, none of whom is...
  • President Barack Obama calls Paris to apologise for NSA

    10/23/2013 12:06:11 PM PDT · by bkopto · 28 replies
    The Australian ^ | Oct 23, 2013 | staff
    FRANCE has demanded an explanation from Washington of a report that the US swept up 70 million French telephone records and text messages in its global surveillance net, even recording certain private conversations. The fallout prompted a phone call yesterday from US President Barack Obama to French President Francois Hollande, and, the White House said, an acknowledgement by the US leader that the episode raised "legitimate questions for our friends and allies" about how surveillance capabilities are employed. Mr Hollande's office issued a strongly worded statement afterward expressing "profound reprobation" over US actions it said intruded on the private lives...
  • NSA stores metadata of millions of web users for up to a year, secret files show

    09/30/2013 7:25:05 PM PDT · by RC one · 21 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Monday 30 September 2013 12.35 EDT | James Ball
    • Vast amounts of data kept in repository codenamed Marina • Data retained regardless of whether person is NSA target • Material used to build 'pattern-of-life' profiles of individuals The National Security Agency is storing the online metadata of millions of internet users for up to a year, regardless of whether or not they are persons of interest to the agency, top secret documents reveal.
  • Lavabit Case Unsealed: FBI Demands Companies Secretly Turn Over Crypto Keys

    10/04/2013 1:10:31 PM PDT · by zeugma · 27 replies
    Slashdot ^ | 10/2/13 | Kevin Poulsen
    "Lavabit won a victory in court and were able to get the secret court order [which led to the site's closure] unsealed. The ACLU's Chris Soghoian called it the nuclear option: The court order revealed the FBI demanded Lavabit turn over their root SSL certificate, something that would allow them to monitor the traffic of every user of the service. Lavabit offered an alternative method to tap into the single user in question but the FBI wasn't interested. Lavabit could either comply or shut down. As such, no U.S. company that relies on SSL encryption can be trusted with sensitive...
  • Move over NSA, you got nothin' on the DEA (Records of decades of American phone calls)

    09/02/2013 8:16:22 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 43 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 09/02/2013 | Rick Moran
    This is how the New York Times describes a telephone surveillance program carried out by federal drug enforcement agencies: For at least six years, law enforcement officials working on a counternarcotics program have had routine access, using subpoenas, to an enormous AT&T database that contains the records of decades of Americans' phone calls -- parallel to but covering a far longer time than the National Security Agency's hotly disputed collection of phone call logs. Sounds ominous, but is it? The Hemisphere Project, a partnership between federal and local drug officials and AT&T that has not previously been reported, involves an...