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NSA Contractor Brought Classified Info Home. Russians Got It: Report

Sources say data breach compromises US cyber defense

(Newser) - A National Security Agency contractor who apparently wanted to get a little extra work done from home inadvertently provided highly classified material to the Russian government, the Wall Street Journal states in an exclusive report. Unnamed sources say an NSA contractor brought the material home with him in 2015 where... More »

NSA Pins Unprecedented Cyberattack on North Korea

Agency says WannaCry ransom scheme almost certainly came from Pyongyang

(Newser) - Remember the massive cyberattack last month in which victims were told to pay a ransom to have their data unlocked? The NSA thinks it was a scheme by North Korea to make money for its government coffers, reports the Washington Post . A report not yet made public suggests the perpetrators... More »

'I'm in Trouble': Alleged Leaker's Words to Mom in Phone Call

Reality Winner faces up to 10 years in prison

(Newser) - It sounds like the two people most surprised by the arrest of 25-year-old Reality Winner as an alleged leaker of classified information are her mother and stepfather. "She would not jeopardize anybody's safety," mom Billie Davis-Winner tells NBC News in Augusta, Ga. "She's not a... More »

Microsoft: You're Safe From NSA Malware

Says that up-to-date users are protected from NSA code leaked by hackers

(Newser) - Up-to-date Microsoft customers are safe from the purported National Security Agency spying tools dumped online, the software company said Saturday, tamping down fears that the digital arsenal was poised to wreak havoc across the internet. In a blog post, Microsoft security manager Phillip Misner said that it had already built... More »

NYT: FBI Has Uncovered Trump Aides' Russia Ties

They contacted Russians during campaign, sources say

(Newser) - The Trump administration's Russia problem just got a lot worse, according to the New York Times ' sources: Four officials say intelligence agencies have uncovered phone records and other evidence that members of Trump's campaign team and other aides were in contact with senior Russian officials during the... More »

The NSA (Probably) Has a Base in This Creepy NYC Building

The Intercept reports that the AT&T Building is a key surveillance site

(Newser) - For decades, the NSA has operated a sophisticated intelligence-gathering operation out of the ominous AT&T Building in Manhattan, the Intercept reports. The windowless building, located at 33 Thomas St. in lower Manhattan, has long attracted attention from New Yorkers curious about its purpose. When the New York Times reported... More »

Intel Director Clapper Resigns

Director of National Intelligence will remain until Trump's inauguration

(Newser) - US Director of National Intelligence James Clapper has tendered his resignation, NBC News reports. The 75-year-old Clapper has been planning to step down for a while, and he said finally handing in his letter "felt pretty good." The BBC reports the intelligence chief told House officials that "... More »

NSA Contractor May Have Taken Hacking Tools

Which would explain how they turned up for sale online

(Newser) - Officials initially suggested the NSA contractor accused of stealing piles of state secrets, dubbed the "second Snowden," may have simply kept the files for himself . Now, they might be changing their tune. Investigators say there are "forensic clues" that Harold Thomas Martin III is the source of... More »

Feds: 'Second Snowden' Hoarded Secrets for Years

NSA contractor's motive still unclear

(Newser) - Authorities are still trying to figure out how much harm the NSA contractor dubbed the "second Snowden" may have done—but they know he had plenty of time to do it. Investigators believe Harold Thomas Martin III, a 51-year-old technology contractor, hoarded top-secret information for up to a decade,... More »

Feds May Have Busted Another Snowden at NSA

51-year-old contractor was arrested on suspicion of stealing classified computer codes

(Newser) - The NSA may have another Edward Snowden on its hands. The New York Times , quoting multiple sources, reports the FBI recently arrested an NSA contractor suspected of stealing "highly classified computer codes" used for hacking foreign governments, such as China, Iran, and Russia. Furthermore, the contractor—identified by Business... More »

Yahoo Created Custom Surveillance Software for the NSA: Reuters

Chief Information Security Officer Alex Stamos left the company in protest: sources

(Newser) - Yahoo CEO Marissa Meyer secretly ordered email engineers to write surveillance software for the NSA, Reuters revealed today, citing information from three former Yahoo employees and another person aware of the events. The software was designed to analyze all incoming e-mail messages for a certain phrase or string of characters,... More »

NSA Secrets Could Be Yours for Only $1,083!

The Shadow Brokers group says top bid for stolen NSA software is only $1,082

(Newser) - Back in August, a group calling itself the Shadow Brokers claimed to have obtained specialized NSA hacking tools, and put the code up for auction. Edward Snowden said the tools were probably legit. Reuters reporters heard the tools were used about three years ago for an undisclosed NSA operation. So... More »

Pardon Snowden So He Can Work for US Public

Human rights officials make the case in NYT

(Newser) - Edward Snowden put out a public plea earlier this week for a pardon from President Obama—and two human rights activists agree with his call for clemency. Making their case for the ex-NSA contractor in the New York Times , Kenneth Roth (director of Human Rights Watch) and Salil Shetty (secretary... More »

Hackers Say They Hacked NSA's Elite Hackers

Files released online appear to be genuine: experts

(Newser) - An apparent hacking group calling itself the "Shadow Brokers" claims to have hacked the NSA and is asking for about $570 million to share the data. Two sets of files were posted online Saturday—one open, the other encrypted—which the group claims are from the Equation Group, an... More »

Eric Holder Adjusts His View About Snowden

Former attorney general sees him a little differently now

(Newser) - Former US Attorney General Eric Holder seems to have mixed feelings about Edward Snowden, CNN reports. The NSA whistleblower who leaked classified documents about US surveillance techniques performed a "public service," says Holder, who insists Snowden still needs to come home and "go to trial." Speaking... More »

While Spying on Israel, NSA Recorded US Lawmakers, Too

Agency did keep 'trash talk' against administration out of reports: US officials

(Newser) - In 2013, after Edward Snowden dropped his NSA bombshell, President Obama called for an end to spying on certain world leaders. But Benjamin Netanyahu and other Israeli bigwigs remained on the "keep an eye on" list for "compelling national security" reasons, current and ex-US officials tell the Wall ... More »

Controversial NSA Surveillance Program Ends Saturday

'A long-awaited victory for privacy advocates'

(Newser) - After more than a decade, the federal government's practice of collecting data on telephone calls made by the vast majority of Americans will end at midnight Saturday, NBC News reports. According to Reuters , the end of the program—exposed by Edward Snowden more than two years ago—represents the... More »

NSA Analyst Who Spied for Soviets Freed After 30 Years

Ronald Pelton was paid $35K for NSA, Navy secrets

(Newser) - A former National Security Agency employee convicted of selling defense and communication secrets he gained during his career has been released from federal custody 30 years after his arrest. The sentence for Cold War-era spy Ronald Pelton, 74, ended on Tuesday. He had been placed on home confinement several months... More »

CIA Chief Blasts 'Hand-Wringing' Over Surveillance

Debate renews over whether government spying is a necessary evil

(Newser) - Civil liberty advocates are worried that a spate of ISIS attacks will bring a renewed push for more-intense government surveillance, and comments by CIA chief John Brennan won't make them feel any better. Following the downing of Flight 9268 , last week's suicide bombings in Beirut , and Friday's... More »

Austrian Student's Complaint Leads to Huge US-EU Decision

EU's Court of Justice nullifies pact allowing digital data transfers overseas

(Newser) - In 2011, a 24-year-old Austrian law student filed a complaint against Facebook alleging nearly two dozen violations of European laws that protected his data. Now, Max Schrems' case has morphed into a class-action lawsuit against the social media giant and led to a judgment Tuesday by the EU's highest... More »

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