The NSA is changing how it shares data with other US federal intelligence agencies — like the CIA, FBI and DEA — to include what's called raw signals intelligence, the original data that gets swept up by the NSA's various spying and data collection programs.
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Yahoo built software to secretly scan its users emails at the behest of US intelligence officials, according to a report by Reuters.
Since August, "TheShadowBrokers" have been claiming that they had acquired NSA hacking tools through a breach of the Equation Group, which is believed to be an offshoot of the NSA. After offering what appears to be proof of the tools' legitimacy, they announced that they wanted a million dollars for the rest of their information. They now seem to be pissed that no one wants to pony up.
Last month, Edward Snowden's lawyer told me that Oliver Stone's new Snowden biopic "tells a true story." After seeing it, I can confirm that it's an accurate portrayal of the events leading up to and following the whistleblower leaking a trove of National Security Agency documents to journalists. It's in there — just injected with decorative bullshit.
Next week, Oliver Stone and the kid from 3rd Rock from the Sun plan to bring the story of NSA leaker Edward Snowden to a wider audience with the release of Snowden, their new You've Got Mail remake. Sadly, US Congress has yet to issue an official review of the movie, but the House intelligence committee released the next best thing with its report on Snowden himself and boy, is it a doozy.
Last Friday, a mysterious group by the name of "The Shadow Brokers" dumped what appeared to be some of the National Security Agency's hacking tools online. There was some speculation as to whether the tools were legitimate. According to The Intercept, these tools are mentioned in documents leaked by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden.
Hackers say they have breached a hacking group known as the Equation Group, which is widely speculated to be an offshoot of the National Security Agency. The hackers have provided some files including what could be parts of the agency's surveillance tools, but are demanding millions of dollars in bitcoins for the rest.
Video: We saw the first teaser for Oliver Stone's upcoming true-to-life spy thriller Snowden almost a year ago. But the first official trailer gives us a more complete look at what Stone has done to the true story of this decade's most infamous whistleblower.
If you listen to FBI Director James Comey or GOP US presidential candidate John Kasich, encryption is a dangerous techno-blight that lets bad guys "go dark" and plot in secret. Actual tech experts are puncturing these scaremongering claims, and a new report tells a very different story: "Going dark" is alarmist nonsense. Technology provides myriad novel opportunities to spy on enemies.
The leaders controlling the US surveillance apparatus can't agree on encryption. FBI Director Comey has hysterically characterised it as a safe haven for evil-doers. A high-ranking Department of Justice official insisted that encryption could cause a child to die. Meanwhile, the National Security Agency's leaders are extremely chill about encryption — which is terrifying.