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Russian Hackers Stole NSA Secrets With The Help Of Kaspersky Antivirus Software

Hackers working for the Russian government were able to steal classified documents from the NSA after a contractor placed the files on his home computer, which was running Kaspersky Lab antivirus software. Did the security company work with the hackers?

Security October 6, 2017

Hackers Behind WannaCry Ransomware Announce Monthly Data Dump That Could Include Intel On Nuclear Weapons Programs

The identities of the hackers behind the WannaCry attacks have yet to be revealed, but we do know that a group calling itself Shadow Brokers was responsible for supplying the stolen data. Now that group is offering a monthly data dump that allegedly includes information on nuclear weapon programs.

Security May 17, 2017

Microsoft Calls Out NSA For Stockpiling Cybersecurity Secrets: WannaCry Ransomware Should Serve As 'Wake-Up Call'

Microsoft called out the National Security Agency for stockpiling cybersecurity vulnerabilities that led to the massively damaging WannaCry ransomware attacks. The company believes that the technology industry, customers, and governments need to team up against hackers.

Microsoft May 15, 2017

Shadow Brokers Leaks NSA Tools To Hack Windows, But Microsoft Already Patched Most Exploits

Shadow Brokers has released some Windows hacking tools likely originating from the NSA, sparking great uproar. Microsoft has promptly responded to ease concerns, noting that it already patched most flaws, but is there more to the story?

Security April 17, 2017

Next CIA Director May Keep Closer Watch On Your Facebook Account: Here's Why

Republican Congressman Mike Pompeo, Trump's pick as CIA Director, attended his confirmation hearing and defended his views on privacy rights and the use of social media during intelligence investigations.

Security January 13, 2017

NSA Can Now Share Your Data With CIA, FBI, Homeland Security And Other Government Intelligence Agencies

The NSA is now allowed to share raw surveillance data with all the 16 national security agencies. It is now authorized to tap in and share your voice calls, text messages and emails with various security agencies.

Security January 13, 2017

'Shadow Brokers' Claim To Have Acquired Tools Used By NSA-Linked Hackers: Legitimate Threat Or Elaborate Hoax?

Anonymous hackers known as the 'Shadow Brokers' are claiming to have acquired tools used by the NSA-linked Equation Group. The cyberweapons are now up for auction to the highest bidder.

Security August 16, 2016

Here's Your First Extended Look At Joseph Gordon-Levitt In Snowden

Oliver Stone's film about National Security Agency's whistleblower finally releases its official trailer on April 27. Watch how Joseph Gordon-Levitt portrayed the most wanted man in the world.

Movies/TV Shows April 28, 2016

NSA Whistleblower Edward Snowden Is Suing Norway To Prevent Extradition To US

Whistleblower Edward Snowden is suing Norway in a bid to secure free passage to attend a local awarding event without the risk of being extradited to the United States. The lawsuit was filed at the Oslo District Court.

Business Tech April 24, 2016

Former Homeland Security, NSA Chiefs Are Apple's Powerful New Allies Pro Encryption

Apple found two supporters on the company’s stand on encryption technologies. At the RSA conference held in San Francisco, former Homeland Security head Michael Chertoff and former NSA head Mike McConnell expressed their support for the technology in the discussion panel at the conference.

Legal March 4, 2016

EFF Scores Major Win In NSA Mass Surveillance Case, Granted Discovery To Get Factual Evidence

The Electronic Frontier Foundation recently scored a winning verdict against the National Security Agency. The ruling forces the NSA to do an unprecedented thing: grant the EFF discovery in its public surveillance program.

Legal February 20, 2016

Edward Snowden-Approved Ultra Secure Tails OS Gets Major Update: What's New

Tails 2.0 rolled out with major improvements for security enthusiasts. The coders noted that the OS will install easier, will feature more safety protocols and will give Gnome fans something they were looking for.

Apps/Software February 2, 2016

NSA Hacker-In-Chief: No Need For Zero-Days To Hack You, Just Persistence And Focus

NSA's TAO chief Rob Joyce has announced at a security conference in San Francisco that the government does not need to exploit zero-day vulnerabilities to wage attacks. Other methods which are simpler and require persistence are more powerful tools for government-sponsored hackings.

Internet January 30, 2016

Google's VirusTotal Digs All The Way Into BIOS To Scan For Malware That Survives Reboots

Google’s VirusTotal launched a new tool that will allow the company to label firmware images. By extracting the UEFI Portable Executables in an image, users will be able to detect if something is wrong in their BIOS image.

Internet January 30, 2016

NSA Takes Pro-Encryption Stance: Can It Spy On Your Encrypted Data?

The National Security Agency (NSA) has eased its stance on encryption and is now in favor of encrypted data. This raises questions if the agency has devised alternate ways of spying on user data.

Internet January 23, 2016

AT&T CEO: Encryption Policy Is Up To Government, Apple And Others Should Stay Out Of It

Most tech companies rally around encrypted communication and improved security for their devices, but AT&T plays a different game. As a former NSA ally, the telecom operator backs the politicians who want backdoors to be embedded into every device.

Phones/Tablets/Mobile Tech January 23, 2016

NSA Says It Discloses 91 Percent Of Zero-Day Bugs It Finds, But Does It Exploit Them First?

The National Security Agency has revealed that it discloses 91 percent of vulnerabilities it discovers to technology firms in the United States. ​The NSA, however, did not go into detail as to what it does prior to exposing these security flaws to developers.

Internet November 10, 2015

Apple And NSA Talk Encryption, But Tim Cook Stands Firm: 'No' To Government Backdoors

Things have become more heated between the NSA and Apple after their chiefs squared off in a new round tackling encryption and government backdoors. Tim Cook's response and argument on the matter, however, was not what the head of NSA wanted to hear.

Business October 21, 2015

How To Fend Off NSA Spying If You Use 1024-bit Diffie-Hellman Encryption

The National Security Agency may be capable of spying through web browsers using 1024-bit Diffie-Hellman encryption, as some reports claim. Find out how to stop them in their tracks.

Internet October 19, 2015

Facebook Will Now Notify You If It Thinks Your Account Is Being Hacked By The NSA

Facebook has announced it will send a notification to users if it believes that suspected attackers working in behalf of a nation-state have compromised their accounts. The company believes these attacks are more dangerous and advanced than others.

Apps/Software October 18, 2015

Verizon To Share User Browsing Activity With AOL's Ad Network

Verizon will begin collaborating with AOL and its ad network to enhance the way they track users’ apps and site visits through their Verizon Wireless account. Users who do not want to be tracked can simply opt out.

Internet October 7, 2015

Top EU Court Invalidates 15-Year-Old Data Transfer Pact, Says US Privacy Measures Not Enough Against NSA Snoops

The EU’s Court of Justice announced a landmark ruling that nullifies that 15-year-old Safe Harbour pact, which allows tech companies such as Facebook and Google to transfer European customer data to U.S. servers.

Legal October 7, 2015

Edward Snowden Just Joined Twitter, Immediately Follows The NSA

Edward Snowden just joined Twitter in the best way possible.

Internet Culture September 29, 2015

Edward Snowden Is Pushing For A Global Treaty Against Digital Surveillance

Edward Snowden campaigns for a global privacy treaty, saying that mass spying is on an international scale. The notorious whistle-blower calls for change on an international scale.

Internet September 29, 2015

Appeals Court Takes NSA Off The Hook, Lifts Injunction on Bulk Phone Surveillance

A federal appeals court has reversed a district court’s ruling that the NSA’s bulk phone surveillance program is almost certainly unconstitutional, a decision that is sure to spark protests from privacy advocates.

Legal August 29, 2015

AT&T Willingly Aided NSA's Spying Campaigns, Leaked Snowden Docs Reveal

According to new documents leaked by Edward Snowden, AT&T willingly helped the NSA in the spying of U.S. citizens, handing over billions of phone records and emails.

Business August 16, 2015

NSA Set To Destroy Old Phone Records - But Not Yet

The NSA promises to destroy all telephone metadata records collected in bulk over the last five years in compliance with the expiration of the Patriot Act and the instatement the Freedom Act.

Society July 29, 2015

NSA Resumes Bulk Phone Data Collection Following New Court Ruling

It’s the FISA court against a federal appeals court clashing as they decide the fate of NSA’s eavesdropping on American’s telephones.

July 1, 2015

Edward Snowden Files Reveal NSA And GCHQ Operated To Subvert Antivirus And Security Software To Spy On Users

New documents unearthed from the Edward Snowden files reveal the governments are not just after the phone companies.

Internet June 24, 2015

The NSA Hacked Into Popular Antivirus Software To 'Track Users And Infiltrate Networks'

The NSA and its British counterpart, GCHQ, were able to hack into security software such as that from Kaspersky Labs by reverse-engineering the software. The news comes courtesy of the latest leaks by ex-NSA employee Edward Snowden.

Legal June 22, 2015

Amazon Releases First Transparency Report: Here Are The Numbers

Amazon becomes the last major technology company to publish its transparency report.

Business June 13, 2015

Effect Of NSA Spying On US Tech Industry: $35 Billion? No. Way More

The NSA is costing the U.S. economy billions of dollars in lost business, and it appears not to have any plans of backing down.

Business June 10, 2015

NSA Secretly Expands Hunt For Hackers: The Good And Bad Of It

In 2012, the National Security Agency secretly expanded its authority to hunt for foreign hackers. However, that came with concerning effects on the cybersecurity of Americans.

Society June 5, 2015

NSA Spy Program Expires At Least Temporarily: What Are The Implications?

Several provisions of the Patriot Act have expired, though the USA Freedom Act looks to replace it right away. What are the implications of the Patriot Act's expiration?

Society June 1, 2015

NSA Testing System That Replaces Passwords By Recognizing Users' Writing Style

The NSA is testing a new system that recognizes users' writing style. The system is expected to be more accurate than passwords and will aid those needing instantaneous access to a device, such as emergency responders.

Apps/Software May 27, 2015

Senate Blocks House Bill That Would End Feds Bulk Collection Of Phone Records

The House-approved Freedom Act gets rejected by Senate, while the law that authorizes NSA's bulk collection of phone records expires June 1.

Society May 23, 2015

Snowden: NSA And Allies Planned To Use Google And Samsung App Stores To Spy On Smartphones

Intelligence agencies from the U.S., Canada, U.K., New Zealand and Australia planned to infect smartphones with malware using their connection to the Google Play and Samsung App Stores. Details of the plan are outlined in the latest document leaked by NSA whistleblower, Edward Snowden.

Internet May 21, 2015

House Finally Ends NSA Phone Record Snooping With Surveillance Reform Bill

If approved, the USA Freedom Act would prevent the NSA from gathering telephone metadata, but the bill faces tough opposition in the Senate.

Internet May 14, 2015

China's 'Great Cannon' Cyberweapon Can Target Websites And Computers Anywhere Worldwide

A group of researchers has dubbed a new cyberweapon operated by the Chinese government the 'Great Cannon.' The tool was recently used in an attack on GreatFire.org and GitHub, and is capable of targeting any computer communicating with Chinese websites.

Internet April 10, 2015

NSA Mulled Ending Phone Spying Before Snowden Leak

The latest revelations tied to the controversy over the federal security agency's surveillance moves claim a few agency leaders wanted to shut down the phone data collection activity.

Society March 30, 2015

Wikimedia Foundation Sues NSA Over Mass Internet Surveillance

The Wikimedia Foundation is taking legal action against the National Security Agency, suggesting that the agency violates the First and Fourth Amendments of the Constitution.

Legal March 11, 2015

Gemalto Claims SIM Cards Are Safe. Experts Disagree

Security experts challenge Gemalto’s results of its “thorough” investigation of the Edward Snowden assertion that millions of SIM cards were breached by the GCHQ with help from the NSA.

Business February 26, 2015

Gemalto Confirms Hacking By U.S. And UK Spies But No Massive SIM Key Theft

The NSA was allegedly part of a network hack against the world's biggest SIM card maker. Gemalto, however, claims the hack didn't compromise card encryption or result in a privacy leak.

Business February 25, 2015

Gemalto Claims Products Are Secure, Continues Investigation On Stolen SIM Card Encryption Keys

Early in its internal investigation, SIM card manufacturer Gemalto said it found no evidence that it had been compromised by the NSA and GCQH operatives. It intends to announce the finding of its investigation soon.

Business February 24, 2015

Helpless US State Dept's Unclassified Email System Continues To Be Plagued By Hackers

For all of the U.S. government's dexterity at launching cyber offensives, the State Department cannot even defend itself against hackers.

Internet February 21, 2015

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