British spy agencies have collected and shared huge databases of personal and social media information on millions of individuals, and effectively circumvented the investigatory body tasked with surveillance oversight, according to documents newly obtained by Privacy International, a London-based consumer advocacy group.
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Following a ban on Kaspersky Lab's anti-virus software for use by the US federal government, the Wall Street Journal reported that officials believe hackers used the software to steal sensitive NSA documents. Today, the story deepened with reports that the US government was tipped off by Israeli intelligence after its spies observed Russian agents using the software as a personal back door.
According to a report from the Wall Street Journal, highly classified material from the NSA was stolen by hackers working for the Russian government in 2015. It's being called "one of the most significant security breaches in recent years", and multiple sources reportedly said that it was made possible because Kaspersky Lab's anti-virus software identified the files.
Donald Trump's son in law Jared Kushner and a number of other senior White House officials who used their personal emails for work purposes were expressly warned by the National Security Agency not to do so, Politico reported on Friday.
America's top intelligence official is reneging on a promise made under the Obama administration to estimate how many Americans have been spied on using a warrant-less surveillance law intended to target foreigners. The decision to abandon that commitment isn't sitting well with civil liberties advocates who formed a coalition this week in protest.
As a second wave of the WannaCry Ransomware attack is infecting more systems in more countries, the White House has ordered emergency meetings to deal with a threat that is, in part, the NSA's fault. Experts believe that we may not even know the extent of how hard the attack hit Asia, and we won't know for some time.
The WannaCry ransomware attack that spread around the globe yesterday caused chaos at hospitals, manufacturing shutdowns, headaches for Microsoft and overtime for cybersecurity professionals. But the hackers responsible for this absurd attack have made relatively little in the way of profits.
A new document made public this week via Edward Snowden's leak of NSA documents reveals a fascinating aim of the Signals Intelligence program: The agency, it turns out, monitored international scientific developments in hopes of detecting "nefarious" genetic engineering projects more than a decade ago.
Republicans have long supported the sweeping surveillance capabilities of the NSA and have insisted they're vitally important to US national security. But with their man Trump caught up in multiple scandals that may involve intelligence services targeting his communications, privacy is suddenly a top priority.