NSA

Hackers Demanding Ransoms Paralyze City Computer Systems In The U.s.

NY Times cybersecurity correspondent Nicole Perlroth says hacking tools developed by the NSA were stolen, posted online and are now being used in cyberattacks, including one on the city of Baltimore.
Related topics: Hackers, Computer Security

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Uk's Mi5 Accused Of "extraordinary & Persistent Illegality" Over Mishandling Of Bulk...

By now, most people in the "free" European democracies and in the US have accepted that we now live in a de facto surveillance state, as government agencies like the NSA (in the US) and MI5 and GCHQ (in the UK) hoover up reams of personal data -...
Related topics: United Kingdom, Gchq

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This Week In Techdirt History: June 2nd - 8th

Five Years Ago This week in 2014, newly released documents outlined the NSA's interception of millions of images every day to fill a facial recognition database, leading James Clapper to defend the program by denying claims nobody actually...

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Nsa Warns About Windows Exploit, Ignores Its Own Role In Creation Of Malware

In a rare occurrence, the National Security Agency has published a statement urging people to update their Windows systems to protect against the BlueKeep vulnerability, a recently-detailed wormable exploit affecting Windows 7 and earlier.
Related topics: Malware, Computer Security

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Nsa Joins Microsoft In Urging Pc Users To Patch Against Bluekeep

Last week Microsoft released a call to action, asking IT admins to urgently patch their devices against BlueKeep, a newly discovered exploit in the RDP service in Windows 7 and earlier, which could be easily wormable by hackers. Simon Pope, director...
Related topics: Microsoft, Hackers, Computer Security

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Baltimore Ransomware Perp Pinky-swears He Didn’t Use Nsa Exploit

Enlarge / Oh, Baltimore. (credit: Alex Wroblewski/Getty Images) Over the past few weeks, a Twitter account that has since been confirmed by researchers to be that of the operator of the ransomware that took down Baltimore City's networks May 4 has...
Related topics: Social Media

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Esteemed Nsa Whistleblower Bill Binney Says He Has Evidence Dnc Was Not Hacked – “the Mueller...

Roger Stone is requesting proof that the Russians hacked the DNC server, as was reported in the Mueller report. He claims if the Russians didn’t hack the DNC, his case should be dismissed. An IT expert and NSA Whistle blower who looked at the...

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Leaked Snowden Docs Reveal Israel Relied On Nsa Intel To Target Hezbollah

Newly released documents from the Snowden archives reveal that Israel greatly relied on intelligence from the US’ National Security Agency (NSA) in its 2006 war in Lebanon, a move which may be the tip of the iceberg when it comes to intelligence...
Related topics: Edward Snowden, Israel, Intel, Hezbollah, Lebanon

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This Week In Techdirt History: May 26th - June 1st

Five Years Ago This week in 2014, there was a back-and-forth between Ed Snowden and the NSA, starting with the former explaining in an interview how he tried to raise concerns internally through the "proper channels". James Clapper responded by...
Related topics: Edward Snowden

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Us State Senator Black Urges Trump Not To Let Bolton Drag Us Into War With Iran

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - Virginia State Senator Richard Black in a letter has urged US President Donald Trump to prevent White House National Security Adviser (NSA) John Bolton from igniting a war with Iran.
Related topics: Donald Trump, Iran, White House

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Top Democrats Tell Intelligence Chiefs They Must Help Monitor Barr’s Review Of Russia Probe

The House and Senate Intelligence committee chairs informed the heads of the CIA, FBI and NSA, as well as the director of national intelligence, that they want to know what the attorney general intends to declassify.
Related topics: Russia, CIA, FBI

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This Week In Security: Baltimore, Macos Zipfile Security, And App Store Monopolies

Baltimore. The city was breached, crippled and held for ransom. The ransomware attack was discovered on May 7th, shutting down a major portion of the city’s infrastructure. The latest news is that an NSA-written tool, EternalBlue, is...

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The 'myth' Of American Slavery And Other Failures Of Us Education

Stolen NSA tools turned against US cities; Venezuelan negotiations in Norway; Haiti political crisis continues
Related topics: Norway, Haiti

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In The Mailbox: 05.30.19

— compiled by Wombat-socho OVER THE TRANSOM 357 Magnum: It’s The NSA’s Fault Baltimore Didn’t Patch Their Systems EBL: Why Can’t I Have An Emotional Support Komodo Dragon? Twitchy: Chicago Police Release Hundreds Of...
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Apple, Google & Others Condemn Uk Proposal To Secretly Add Law Enforcement To Encrypted Chats

Apple, Google, Microsoft and 44 other organisations and security experts have signed an open letter condemning a proposal to secretly add law enforcement organizations to encrypted chats and calls. The proposal by GCHQ – Britain’s equivalent of...
Related topics: Google, United Kingdom, Microsoft (MSFT), Gchq

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Nsa Discussed Spying On Russian Civil Targets In 2005 - Reports

A leaked post in the latest document dump from The Intercept's ‘SIDToday’ archive—a series of top secret National Security Agency newsletters provided by whistleblower Edward Snowden—reveals that the United States discussed spying on Russian...
Related topics: Edward Snowden, Military

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‘no Excuse For That’: Us City Government Shuttered By Stolen Nsa Ransomware

It’s been three weeks since Baltimore’s city government was hit by a devastating ransomware attack using a tool stolen from the US National Security Agency (NSA). While a cybersecurity consultant told Sputnik the city should’ve kept up on...

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National Security Journalism Just Became A National Security Threat

Six years ago, British intelligence officers walked into the offices of The Guardian newspaper in London and demanded its staff destroy computers they believed stored highly classified documents leaked by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden. In the...
Related topics: United Kingdom, London, Edward Snowden

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Trying Not To Look Idiotic, Trump Throws His Nsa Under The Bus Over Noko Missile Testing

While visiting Japan, one of Trump's tweets caused quite a stir because he praised a murderous dictator he has been kowtowing to for criticizing his political rival, Joe Biden. North Korea fired off some small weapons, which disturbed some of my...
Related topics: Japan, Joe Biden, North Korea

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Ransomware Tool Causing Chaos In Baltimore Was Developed By The Nsa

A recent spate of ransomware attacks in Baltimore and other cities was executed using a tool developed by the National Security Agency. Thousands of people have been locked out of their computers in the past three weeks. The post Ransomware tool...

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