Tag: NSA

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.

NSA documentary “More Bullshit” From CBS – Watch the 60 Minutes Video

A CBS documentary on the inner workings of the NSA has prompted condemnation for its “one-sided” portrayal of the spy agency. Spy chiefs denied allegations they snooped on American citizens and claimed they only spied on foreigners. During the program entitled ‘60 Minutes’ correspondent John Miller – a former NSA employee – explores the headquarters…

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…

NSA, GCHQ ‘planted agents’ into World of Warcraft, Second Life to spy on gamers

The NSA and the UK’s GCHQ spying agencies have collected players’ charts and deployed real-life agents into online World of Warcraft and Second Life games, a new leak by whistleblower Edward Snowden has revealed. An NSA document from 2008, titled “Exploiting Terrorist Use of Games & Virtual Environments,” was published Monday by The Guardian in…

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…

NSA Faces Sweeping Review Into Extent Of Surveillance

Senate intelligence committee chair Dianne Feinstein, who has been a loyal defender of the NSA, demands a ‘total’ surveillance review The chair of the Senate intelligence committee, who has been a loyal defender of the National Security Agency, dramatically broke ranks on Monday, saying she was “totally opposed” to the US spying on allies and…

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…

Greenwald Quits Guardian For Independent News Project

Guardian reporter Glenn Greenwald, who was one of the first journalists to break the NSA surveillance story, is leaving the British newspaper for a “once-in-a-career dream journalistic opportunity.” “My partnership with the Guardian has been extremely fruitful and fulfilling: I have high regard for the editors and journalists with whom I worked and am incredibly…

Beware of Social Media: NSA is tracking you on Facebook and Twitter

The policy was intended to help the agency “discover and track” connections between intelligence targets overseas and people in the United States, according to an NSA memorandum from January 2011. The agency was authorized to conduct “large-scale graph analysis on very large sets of communications metadata without having to check foreignness of every email address,…

Report: NSA Shares Data With Israel In Secret Deal

The National Security Agency routinely shares raw intelligence data with Israel without first removing information about U.S. citizens, according to a secret document provided to The Guardian by Edward Snowden. The secret deal, reached in 2009, according to the undated memorandum, places no legally binding limits on the use of data by the Israelis.

Microsoft To Move Forward With NSA Lawsuit As Talks Break Down

Microsoft, Google and other major tech firms anxious to reveal details about the US surveillance program say negotiations with the government have not reached an agreement “acceptable to all.” Microsoft General Counsel Brad Smith, in a post Friday, said the talks recently broke down and Microsoft planned to move forward with a lawsuit filed this…

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…

The Guardian Releases More Documents on NSA Spying from Snowden – Read the “XKEYSCORE” Presentation

More info on NSA Spying Tactics and Tools released today now Live on the Internets! Training materials for the XKeyscore program detail how analysts can use it and other systems to mine enormous agency databases and develop intelligence from the web • Revealed: NSA program that collects ‘nearly everything a user does on the internet’…

Snowden Given Documentation To Enter Russia, Report Says

NSA leaker Edward Snowden has been granted a document that will allow him to leave the Moscow airport and enter Russia, according to a report from the Russian state news agency. Snowden arrived in Russia on June 23 on a flight from Hong Kong. He applied for temporary asylum in Russia last week. AP

Journalist: Edward Snowden Has ‘Blueprints’ To NSA

Edward Snowden has highly sensitive documents on how the National Security Agency is structured and operates that could harm the U.S. government, but has insisted that they not be made public, a journalist close to the NSA leaker said. Glenn Greenwald, a columnist with The Guardian newspaper who first reported on the intelligence leaks, told…

Report: Microsoft Gave NSA Access To Encrypted Messages

Microsoft helped U.S. intelligence services access email, Skype and cloud storage, according to top-secret documents provided by Edward Snowden. The latest documents come from the NSA’s Special Source Operations (SSO) division, described by Snowden as the “crown jewel” of the agency. It is responsible for all programs aimed at US communications systems through corporate partnerships…

(VIDEO) “I’m not going to be scrambling jets to get a 29-year-old hacker,” Obama says about NSA leaker Snowden.

The United States will keep to routine channels in its efforts to bring self-avowed NSA leaker Edward Snowden back for prosecution, President Barack Obama said Thursday. “I’m not going to be scrambling jets to get a 29-year-old hacker,” he told reporters during a news conference in Senegal. Snowden spent a fourth day in Moscow’s airport…

No Sign Of Snowden As Plane Leaves Moscow Bound For Cuba

The whereabouts of National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden were unclear on Monday as heavy security at a Moscow airport fueled speculation that he would attempt to fly to Havana en route to Ecuador. However, journalists aboard Monday morning’s Aeroflot flight to Cuba said there was no sign of Snowden on board. Photo: An empty…

Colbert Rips NSA: Statue Of Liberty’s Torch ‘Only For Americans,’ For Everyone Else ‘She’s Holding A Boom Mic’

In a Paul McCartney-shortened segment Wednesday night, Stephen Colbert sent up the NSA’s expansive surveillance programs, saying, “Millions of Americans whose privacy has been invaded were shocked to learn that anything on the internet was ever private.” “Now, I have to admit, at first I found this program to be a shocking breach of the…