Tuesday , 24 November 2020

Security

Feds asked not to attend Def Con hacker meeting over NSA scandal

Federal agents should call a “timeout” and not attend this year’s Def Con event, the hacking convention’s founder said in a website message. Snowden’s revelations of the NSA spying program have made the hackers “uncomfortable” with the feds, he explained. For the first time since its founding in 1992, Def Con says that employees of three-letter federal agencies are not …

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Microsoft helped the NSA bypass encryption, new Snowden leak reveals

Microsoft worked hand-in-hand with the United States government in order to let federal investigators bypass encryption mechanisms meant to protect the privacy of millions of users, Edward Snowden told the Guardian. According to an article published on Thursday by the British paper, internal National Security Agency memos show that Microsoft actually helped the federal government find a way to decrypt …

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Air Force Intelligence Report Provides Snapshot of Nuclear Missiles

The U.S. Air Force National Air and Space Intelligence Center (NASIC) has published its long-awaited update to the Ballistic and Cruise Missile Threat report, one of the few remaining public (yet sanitized) U.S. intelligence assessment of the world nuclear (and other) forces. Previous years’ reports have been reviewed and made available by FAS (here,here, and here), and the new update contains several …

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Who is the New Egyptian Intelligence Minister?

On July 5, 2013, after a dramatic night in Cairo that saw the deposition of Egypt’s presiding president, Muhammad Morsi, a presidential order appointed a general named Muhammad Farid as head of Egypt’s general security services. Farid is relatively unknown to the public and his photo, which has been kept secret thus far, replaced General Muhammad Rafat Shahata, who was …

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Dracula’s Missile Defense

Things are beginning to move on the Pentagon’s plan to build a ground-based missile-defense system in Romania to protect U.S. allies in southern Europe – as well as American troops in the region – from attack by Iranian missiles (although it’s rarely stated so bluntly). The latest sign is this Pentagon solicitation seeking “100mb [megabit] direct access with internet routable IP addresses for MDA [Missile Defense Agency] …

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The #NSA slide you haven’t seen

Recent debate over U.S. government surveillance has focused on the information that American technology companies secretly provide to the National Security Agency. But that is only one of the ways the NSA eavesdrops on international communications. A classified NSA slide obtained by The Washington Post and published here for the first time lists “Two Types of Collection.” One is PRISM, the …

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Pirate Bay co-founder to release #Hemlis #encrypted #messaging app (video)

Emailing, instant messaging and texting have long replaced phone calls as a quick way to get information. The idea of phoning someone to get information seems somewhat superfluous unless you need the information instantly – and even then, an email will often suffice. The Prism scandal, however, raised great concerns about the privacy of information and a co-founder of Pirate Bay, Peter Sunde, …

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U.S. prods China on cyber-theft

U.S. officials prodded China to crack down on cyber-espionage directed at American corporations, opening high-level talks Wednesday with a sensitive jab on an issue that has become a core concern of American companies. Both Vice President Biden and Treasury Secretary Jack Lew raised the matter in comments opening the two-day Strategic and Economic Dialogue, an annual session held between top …

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