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Will Trump's Ag Pick William Barr Face Questions Over Gitmo, Mass Incarceration & Nsa...

Senate confirmation hearings begin today for William Barr, President Trump’s nominee for attorney general to replace Jeff Sessions, who was fired in November. Barr served as attorney general for George H.W. Bush from 1991 to 1993. During that...
Related topics: Senate, George W. Bush

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This Week In Techdirt History: January 6th - 12th

Five Years Ago This week in 2014, the NSA more or less admitted to spying on congress, garnering a stunning response from Rep. Peter King who apparently felt that they absolutely should be, and also that Rand Paul was a fearmonger for calling for...

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Facebooker Swatted, Kaspersky Snares An Nsa Thief, Nasa Server Exposed, And More

Plus, Vita boot ROM caper, TCL caught slinging Android malware, etc Roundup  This week we saw a Huawei official cuffed (again), telcos caught selling tracking data (again) and Microsoft patching dozens of bugs (again).…
Related topics: Computer Security, Kaspersky, NASA, Servers, Android, Mobile Technology, Malware, Huawei, Microsoft

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Exclusive: How A Russian Firm Helped Catch An Alleged Nsa Data Thief

The 2016 arrest of a former National Security Agency contractor charged with a massive theft of classified data began with an unlikely source: a tip from a Russian cybersecurity firm that the U.S. government has called a threat to the...
Related topics: Russia, Moscow

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Defense Lawyers For Former Nsa Contractor Want Deeper Look At What He Allegedly Stole

Defense lawyers for former NSA contractor want deeper look at what he allegedly stole

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The New Ways We Could Get Hacked (and Defended) In 2019

Experts from the NSA and Darktrace discuss AI, invisible security, and why you really need to change your passwords. Cybercrime is in many ways the perfect crime: low risk, scalable, and highly profitable. As more of our lives migrate online,...

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Nsa Will Release A Free Tool For Reverse Engineering Malware

The NSA has frequently been accused of holding on to info that could potentially improve security, but this time it's being a little less secretive. The agency is planning to release a free reverse engineering tool, GHIDRA, in tandem with the...
Related topics: Malware

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Suspect’s Twitter Messages Played Role In Nsa Hacking-tools Leak Probe

Hours before a 2016 leak of some of the National Security Agency’s most closely guarded hacking tools, a former NSA contractor sent a cryptic Twitter message that prompted alarm on the part of federal investigators, a federal judge has...
Related topics: Social Media

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This Week In Techdirt History: December 16th - 22nd

Five Years Ago This week in 2013, NSA revelations continued to trickle out, such as the unsurprising fact that the agency had cracked standard mobile phone encryption, and that along with the GCHQ it was spying on UNICEF. But the backlash also...
Related topics: Gchq

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Fbi Swept Up Info About Aaron Swartz While Pursuing An Al-qaeda Investigation

The FBI has the power to collect massive amounts of data and communications during its investigations. This power periodically ingests NATSEC steroids, pumping the FBI's data stores full of stuff not relevant to the NSA's work, but possibly relevant...
Related topics: FBI, Al-qaeda

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Wikileaks May Sue Conspiracy Theorist louise Mensch

WikiLeaks has offered to sue anti-Trump neoconservative provocateur and former conservative UK MP, Louise Mensch, after she tweeted that NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden "committed espionage of military secrets under Putin's direct...
Related topics: Wikileaks, United Kingdom, Edward Snowden, Military, Vladimir Putin

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This Week In Techdirt History: December 9th - 15th

Five Years Ago This week in 2013, we learned about how the NSA and GCHQ infiltrated World Of Warcraft and Second Life, and about how the NSA was
Related topics: Gchq, World Of Warcraft

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An Alleged Michael Cohen Meeting May Be The ‘smoking Gun’ That Takes Down Trump — According...

Michael Cohen didn’t mention his alleged clandestine meeting in Prague with Kremlin officials during his sentencing hearing — and if he ever sings, it could spell trouble for Donald Trump. John R. Schindler, a former NSA intelligence...
Related topics: Donald Trump, Czech Republic, Prague, Kremlin

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Sebastian Gorka Tells Hannity Trump "could Pardon General Flynn, And He'd Make A Great Chief...

SEAN HANNITY (HOST): Last word, Doctor Gorka. SEBASTIAN GORKA: The president could pardon General Flynn, and he'd make a great chief of staff, don't you think? Previously: Anti-Muslim Breitbart Editor Spotted With NSA Pick Michael Flynn In Trump...

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Nsa Official: China Is Preparing For Possible High-profile Hacks

NSA official Rob Joyce told guests at a Wall Street Journal security conference that hacking-related Chinese activity had been climbing in recent months. He was concerned the country was "prepositioning" itself to attack "critical...
Related topics: China

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Sean Penn Smeared In Arabic Press As “muslim Brotherhood” For Khashoggi Documentary

Ann Arbor (Informed Comment) – The October 2 murder of dissident Saudi journalist and Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi is still shrouded in some mystery despite extensive leaks by Turkish intelligence and the CIA/ NSA. The Arabic...
Related topics: Muslim Brotherhood, Jamal Khashoggi, Documentaries, CIA

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Eternalsuffering: Nsa Exploits Still Being Successfully Used To Hijack Computers More Than A Year...

Everything old and awful is new again. And still awful. Zack Whittaker reports for TechCrunch that the NSA's purloined kit of computer nasties is still causing problems more than a year after security patches were issued by affected vendors. ...
Related topics: Computer Security

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Here's Another 45,000 Reasons To Patch Windows Systems Against Old Nsa Exploits

It's 2018 and UPnP is still opening up networks - this time to leaked SMB cyber-weapons Earlier this year, Akamai warned that vulnerabilities in Universal Plug'N'Play (UPnP) had been exploited by scumbags to hijack 65,000 home routers. In follow-up...

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Mass Router Hack Exposes Millions Of Devices To Potent Nsa Exploit

More than 45,000 Internet routers have been compromised by a newly discovered campaign that’s designed to open networks to attacks by EternalBlue, the potent exploit that was developed by, and then stolen from, the National Security Agency and...

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Hackers Are Using Leaked Nsa Hacking Tools To Quietly Hijack Thousands Of Computers

More than a year after patches were released to thwart powerful NSA exploits that leaked online, hundreds of thousands of computers are unpatched and vulnerable. First they were used to spread ransomware. Then it was cryptocurrency mining attacks....
Related topics: Hackers, Computer Security

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