Tag Archives: NSA

Fuck Your Phones!

The Great SIM Heist : How Spies Stole the Keys to the Encryption Castle


Jeremy Scahill and Josh Begley
The Intercept
February 19, 2015

AMERICAN AND BRITISH spies hacked into the internal computer network of the largest manufacturer of SIM cards in the world, stealing encryption keys used to protect the privacy of cellphone communications across the globe, according to top-secret documents provided to The Intercept by National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden.

The hack was perpetrated by a joint unit consisting of operatives from the NSA and its British counterpart Government Communications Headquarters, or GCHQ. The breach, detailed in a secret 2010 GCHQ document, gave the surveillance agencies the potential to secretly monitor a large portion of the world’s cellular communications, including both voice and data.

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Yes We Scan!

U.S. Spy Agency Reports Improper Surveillance of Americans


David Lerman
December 24, 2014

The National Security Agency today released reports on intelligence collection that may have violated the law or U.S. policy over more than a decade, including unauthorized surveillance of Americans’ overseas communications.

The NSA, responding to a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit from the American Civil Liberties Union, released a series of required quarterly and annual reports to the President’s Intelligence Oversight Board that cover the period from the fourth quarter of 2001 to the second quarter of 2013.

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Fuck you, Whistleblowers!

Obama Administration to Create ‘Insider Threat’ Job Specialty to Plug Leaks


Aliya Sternstein
December 22, 2014

A New Year’s goal of the federal office responsible for averting employee leaks is to make a career out of catching so-called insider threats.

It is a delicate task to simultaneously guard hard-working federal personnel and expose the bad apples. And it takes different talents than those one would find in a counterintelligence analyst, human resources professional or information security professional. The insider threat discipline melds all those disciplines.

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Freedom is Slavery, and Slavery is Freedom!

Why Fusion Centers Matter


Nadia Kayyali
April 7, 2014

While NSA surveillance has been front and center in the news recently, fusion centers are a part of the surveillance state that deserve close scrutiny.

Fusion centers are a local arm of the so-called “intelligence community,” the 17 intelligence agencies coordinated by the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC). The government documentation around fusion centers is entirely focused on breaking down barriers between the various government agencies that collect and maintain criminal intelligence information.

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We Are Always Watching You!

How the NSA Can Use Metadata to Predict Your Personality


Patrick Tucker
Defense One
March 28, 2014

The president and congressional leaders want to end NSA bulk metadata collection, but not the use of metadata, which may even be expanded. From a technical perspective, the question of what your metadata can reveal about you, or potential enemies, remains as important as it was since the Edward Snowden scandal. The answer is more than you might think.

First, the background. On Thursday, the Obama administration released a brief statement on ending the collection of metadata and limiting, slightly, the circumstances under which metadata could be accessed. The timing was in keeping with a self-imposed deadline to create legislation to address NSA bulk collection. The statement said “the government will not collect these telephone records in bulk; rather, the records would remain at the telephone companies for the length of time they currently do today.”

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We Own the Internet!

How the NSA Plans to Infect ‘Millions’ of Computers with Malware


Ryan Gallagher and Glenn Greenwald
March 12, 2014

Top-secret documents reveal that the National Security Agency is dramatically expanding its ability to covertly hack into computers on a mass scale by using automated systems that reduce the level of human oversight in the process.

The classified files – provided previously by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden – contain new details about groundbreaking surveillance technology the agency has developed to infect potentially millions of computers worldwide with malware “implants.” The clandestine initiative enables the NSA to break into targeted computers and to siphon out data from foreign Internet and phone networks.

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Y'all Be Fucked!

Assange to SXSW: We’re all being watched


Doug Gross
March 9, 2014

From his sanctuary in the Ecuadorian embassy in London, with roughly a dozen police officers outside, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange said Saturday that everyone in the world will be just as effectively monitored soon — at least digitally.

“The ability to surveil everyone on the planet is almost there and, arguably, will be there in the next couple of years,” said Assange, speaking via Skype to a large audience at the South by Southwest Interactive festival here.

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NSA Employee of the Month!

NSA official charged with murder in beating death of 3-year-old son


D.C. Crime Stories
Febraury 18, 2014

An NSA official has been charged in the fatal beating of his 3-year-old adopted son, authorities said.

Brian Patrick O’Callaghan, 36, of Damascus,brian-ocallaghan1 was arrested Sunday and charged with first-degree murder and child abuse after his son died of injuries to his head, according to Montgomery County Police.

O’Callaghan was head of the National Security Agency’s Korean Division, according to his attorney. NSA officials have not confirmed his employment.

On Feb. 2, Montgomery County police detectives were called to the Children’s National Medical Center in D.C., for a report of a child who was unresponsive and with multiple injuries, including trauma to the brain.

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