Tag: National Security Agency

Eric Holder: Snowden ‘Performed a Public Service’ [VIDEO]

Former Attorney General Eric Holder said NSA leaker Edward Snowden “performed a public service” by setting off an international debate over governments’ surveillance capabilities. “We can certainly argue about the way in which Snowden did what he did, but I think that he actually performed a public service by raising the debate that we engaged…

House Passed Law To End NSA Phone Call Collection [VIDEO]

The House passed the USA Freedom Act on Wednesday by a vote of 338-88, in an effort to end the National Security Agency’s bulk collection of phone metadata. After June 1, the NSA’s authority for collecting the metadata under Section 215 of the Patriot Act will expire. The Freedom Act aims to keep metadata with…

Shooting Outside NSA Headquarters Fort Meade 1 Dead [VIDEO]

Someone had opened fire at the entrance of Fort Meade where the National Security Agency (NSA) headquarters are located. Reports said one man was killed, and it is possible it was the gunmen. According to Fox, a driver of a vehicle tried to ram Fort Meade’s gate Monday morning, resulting in a shooting, authorities say.

Edward Snowden Granted Three More Years of Asylum in Russia

NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden received another three years asylum in Russia Thursday, extending the temporary asylum he was granted last summer after he was stranded in Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport. Snowden faces charges stateside for leaking classified National Security Agency materials that revealed the existence of several massive surveillance programs, revelations that led to a federal…

Edward Snowden to speak at SXSW conference

NSA leaker Edward Snowden is getting ready to speak at this year’s South By Southwest Interactive Festival. (12 PM EST TIME TODAY MONDAY) He’ll participate remotely via video as Snowden remains in Moscow where he’s living in temporary asylum. Snowden faces felony charges in the U.S. after revealing the agency’s mass surveillance program by leaking…

Snowden Swiped Password From NSA Coworker

A civilian NSA employee recently resigned after being stripped of his security clearance for allowing former agency contractor Edward Snowden to use his personal log-in credentials to access classified information, according to an agency memo obtained by NBC News. In addition, an active duty member of the U.S. military and a contractor have been barred…

Today Is The Day We Fight Back Against Mass Surveillance

Feb. 11 Is ‘The Day We Fight Back’ Against NSA Surveillance | More than 5,300 web-based companies and other organizations, including Reddit, Imgur, Tumblr, Mozilla the Electronic Frontier Foundation and the ACLU, have joined forces to protest National Security Agency surveillance on Feb. 11. huffo

NSA’s Secret Role in U.S. Assassination Program (Former Drone Operator Speaks to Scahill, Greenwald)

The National Security Agency is using complex analysis of electronic surveillance, rather than human intelligence, as the primary method to locate targets for lethal drone strikes – an unreliable tactic that results in the deaths of innocent or unidentified people. According to a former drone operator for the military’s Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) who…

Obama announces major NSA overhaul

President Obama today will announce the end of the National Security Agency’s telephone metadata program “as it currently exists,” a senior administration official says. The official says Obama “will order a transition that will end the Section 215 telephone metadata program as it currently exists, and move to a program that preserves the needed capabilities…

NSA devised radio pathways into computers

The National Security Agency has implanted software in nearly 100,000 computers around the world that allows the agency to monitor those machines and can also create a digital highway for launching cyberattacks. The New York Times reported that technology, which has been used by the agency since at least 2008, relies on a covert channel…

Edward Snowden to broadcast Channel 4’s alternative Christmas Day message

NSA whistleblower records message from Russia, filmed by Laura Poitras, warning of the dangers of a loss of privacy Edward Snowden, the whistleblower who prompted a worldwide debate when he leaked a cache of top secret documents about US and UK surveillance, has recorded a Christmas Day television message in which he explains his actions.…

Edward Snowden: ‘I already won’

Whistleblower Edward Snowden has declared “mission accomplished”, seven months after revelations were first published from his mass leak of National Security Agency documents. The documents, which were leaked to the Guardian and also the Washington Post and Der Spiegel, revealed how technological developments were used by the US surveillance agency to spy on its own…

Report: Snowden would help Brazil if granted asylum

Edward Snowden wrote in an “open letter to the Brazilian people” that he would be willing to help their government investigate U.S. spying if granted political asylum. In the letter, obtained by the Folha de S. Paulo newspaper, Snowden says he was impressed by Brazil’s criticism of the National Security Agency spying program.

Apple, Google, Facebook, and Other Companies Launch a Campaign to Reform Government Surveillance

A group of tech companies — AOL, Apple, Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, Microsoft, Twitter, and Yahoo — has written an open letter to President Barack Obama and the U.S. Congress calling for a reform of government surveillance following numerous revelations about the NSA’s data collection practices. The coalition presents five core principles to inform future surveillance…

New Snowden docs show U.S. spied during G20 in Toronto

Top secret documents retrieved by U.S. whistleblower Edward Snowden show that Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s government allowed the largest American spy agency to conduct widespread surveillance in Canada during the 2010 G8 and G20 summits. The documents are being reported exclusively by CBC News. The briefing notes, stamped “Top Secret,” show the U.S. turned its…

Report: Snowden persuaded NSA workers to share logins

Edward Snowden reportedly used login credentials provided by colleagues to access the classified materials that he later leaked, sources told Reuters. According to the report, Snowden may have coerced 20 to 25 employees at the NSA operations center in Hawaii to give him their logins and passwords by saying he needed them for his job…

Google’s Eric Schmidt: NSA spying ‘outrageous’

Google Chairman Eric Schmidt says recent revelations regarding the National Security Agency’s alleged eavesdropping operations are “outrageous” and perhaps even illegal. Schmidt was weighing in with reporters at the Wall Street Journal this week when he unleashed on the NSA over reports that the United States intelligence-gathering agency infiltrated communication links between data centers operated…

Is the NSA site down? Yes, it is. NSA site down due to alleged DDoS attack

The website for the United States National Security Agency suddenly went offline Friday. NSA.gov has been unavailable globally as of late Friday afternoon, and Twitter accounts belonging to people loosely affiliated with the Anonymous hacktivism movement have suggested they are responsible. Twitter users @AnonymousOwn3r and @TruthIzSexy both were quick to comment on the matter, and…

Snowden docs: NSA monitored calls of 35 world leaders

The National Security Agency monitored the phone conversations of 35 world leaders after being given the numbers by an official in another government department, according to a classified document provided by whistleblower Edward Snowden. The confidential memo reveals that the NSA encourages senior officials in its “customer” departments, such the White House, State and the…

VIDEO ‘Bullsh*t! You Lied To Congress!’ NSA Director Gets Heckled And Cursed At During Conference Speech

While speaking at an annual conference of hacker and cybersecurity experts on Wednesday morning, National Security Agency head Gen. Keith Alexander was heckled by members of the audience for his agency’s surveillance operations and for his controversial testimony before Congress. About two-thirds of the way through his keynote address at this year’s Black Hat conference…