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CIA/NSA Bickering Nearly Sank the Deal of the Century

But the CIA and West German intelligence eventually bought the Swiss firm Crypto AG

(Newser) - Friction between the CIA and NSA has come up before—think 9/11 intelligence failures—but it turns out their bickering nearly sank a deal that later revolutionized intelligence gathering, the Washington Post reports. "There was not a lot of love lost between CIA and NSA over the years,"... More »

NSA to Microsoft: You Really Need to Patch This

And there's news for Windows 7 users

(Newser) - The National Security Agency has discovered a major security flaw in Microsoft's Windows 10 operating system that could let hackers intercept seemingly secure communications, the AP reports. But rather than exploit the flaw for its own intelligence needs, the NSA tipped off Microsoft so that it can fix the... More »

Crippling Baltimore Hack Takes Another Turn

Lawmaker says NSA hacking tool wasn't used in Baltimore

(Newser) - The NSA is denying any responsibility—however indirect—for a ransomware attack that has crippled the city of Baltimore, a lawmaker tells the New York Times . Rep. C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger, a Maryland Democrat, says NSA leaders told him that agency software wasn't involved in the strike that has... More »

The Tool Used to Hack US Cities? Guess Who Made It

The NSA designed a tool that's now used by America's enemies

(Newser) - An online hacking tool developed by the NSA is being used to cripple American cities and extort millions of dollars from government coffers, the New York Times reports. Called EternalBlue, the tool was stolen in 2016 and dropped online the year after, enabling rogue actors and foreign intelligence agencies to... More »

GOP Aide Reveals NSA Phone Program Not Being Used

Luke Murry suggests the White House may not renew the controversial program

(Newser) - Nearly six years ago, Edward Snowden exposed the National Security Agency's covert collection of millions of Americans' phone and text records; the White House defended it as a critical tool in the fight against terrorism. Now, a new White House may be done with the program. The New York ... More »

With Surveillance Limits Ending, ACLU Sues Everyone

Feds aren't revealing anything about surveillance, suit says

(Newser) - A civil rights group has sued the US government, saying it needs more information about surveillance of Americans' phone and financial records to guide the public debate over what will happen when the law that regulates the scrutiny expires next year, the AP reports. The American Civil Liberties Union sued... More »

26-Year-Old Gets Longest Sentence Ever for Media Leak

Former NSA contractor Reality Winner sentenced to 5 years, 3 months

(Newser) - A 26-year-old just made history in a way she likely never anticipated. Georgia native Reality Winner received a sentence of 63 months in prison Thursday after she admitted leaking a government document to the media, reports CNN . Prosecutors say it's the longest sentence ever imposed on a federal defendant... More »

Reality Winner Makes Plea, Mother 'Disagrees Strongly'

But Winner 'will accept the consequences,' mom says

(Newser) - More than a year after her arrest, Reality Leigh Winner is pleading guilty. The former NSA contractor—who allegedly supplied the media with secret intel on Russians hacking US voting systems—planned to enter her plea agreement Friday in federal court, Engadget reports. "I do know that she has... More »

Report: Spy Agency Triples Collection of Phone Records

NSA collected 534 million records

(Newser) - The National Security Agency more than tripled the number of phone and text records that it collected of Americans in 2017 over 2016, according to a new government report . The spy agency collected 534 million records from telecommunications providers such as Verizon and AT&T in 2017 as compared with... More »

Man in Custody After Shooting at NSA Gates

SUV ran into a barrier, but details about what happened are still unclear

(Newser) - Police responded to a shooting Wednesday outside the National Security Agency campus at Maryland's Fort Meade, where authorities surrounded a handcuffed man after a black SUV ran into a barrier. Fort Meade garrison spokeswoman Cheryl Phillips confirmed to the AP by phone that one person was injured in the... More »

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 »

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