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
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 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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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'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 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
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
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
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
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
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 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 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
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 in the best way possible.
Internet Culture September 29, 2015
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
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
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
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
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
New documents unearthed from the Edward Snowden files reveal the governments are not just after the phone companies.
Internet June 24, 2015
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 becomes the last major technology company to publish its transparency report.
Business June 13, 2015
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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