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wannacry

Cryptocurrency Mining Malware That Uses an NSA Exploit Is On the Rise

Say hello to WannaMine.
Daniel Oberhaus
1.30.18
surveillance state
surveillance state

The Senate Just Voted to Expand the Warrantless Surveillance of US Citizens

Once Trump signs the bill into law, US intelligence agencies will be able to spy on the electronic communications of Americans with an overseas contact without a warrant.
Daniel Oberhaus
1.18.18
surveillance state
surveillance state

5 Senators Are Filibustering an Attempt to Expand Warrantless Surveillance of Americans

3 Democrats and 2 Republicans are filibustering the Senate vote on the reauthorization of FISA Section 702.
Daniel Oberhaus
1.16.18
surveillance state
surveillance state

The House Just Voted to Expand Warrantless Surveillance of US Citizens

A similar bill will now be considered in the Senate.
Daniel Oberhaus
1.11.18
HOTY2017
HOTY2017

This Ex-NSA Hacker Is Building an AI to Find Hate Symbols on Twitter

NEMESIS, developed by Emily Crose, is a program to automatically identify hate symbols on the internet.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
1.4.18
State of Surveillance
State of Surveillance

FISA Court's Secrecy Threatens to Subsume Our Open Court System

Keith Gartenlaub seemed like he'd be the first person to challenge secret FISA court surveillance. Then an appeals court had a secret meeting with the government's lawyers.
Marcy Wheeler
12.14.17
Internet Insecurity
Internet Insecurity

Ex-NSA Hackers Worry China And Russia Will Try to Arrest Them

The US government has been indicting foreign government hackers, and American government hackers are worried China and Russia might start doing the same to them.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
12.1.17
FOIA documents
FOIA documents

Here Are the NSA’s Internal Grammar Advice Columns

The intelligence agency’s Grammar Geek explained things like the difference between “affect” and “effect.”
Louise Matsakis
11.27.17
classified
classified

Amazon Unveils New ‘Secret Region’ Cloud for Spies

AWS couldn’t be worse at keeping secrets than the US government, right?
Michael Byrne
11.21.17
backdoor
backdoor

Internal Kaspersky Investigation Says NSA Worker’s Computer Was Infested with Malware

The Russian cybersecurity firm released a new report that pushes back against accusations that it helped leak sensitive NSA materials and suggests that a backdoor found on worker’s machine could have allowed others to take files from his machine.
Kim Zetter
11.16.17
canada eh?
canada eh?

Canadians Are Worried About NSA Spying But Don’t Understand How It Happens

Canucks need to know the risks.
Jordan Pearson
11.14.17
Hack Back
Hack Back

Ex-NSA Director Says Companies Should Never Hack Back Because They Could Start Wars

Keith Alexander, the retired general who headed the NSA for nine years, is not a fan of letting companies go after hackers.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
11.6.17