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Report: US Hacked North Korea Years Ago

Meanwhile, unknown hackers have trashed Kim Jong Un video game

(Newser) - The US was able to pin the Sony Pictures cyberattack on North Korea with confidence because the National Security Agency hacked its way into North Korean systems years earlier, according to the New York Times , which cites American and foreign officials as well as computer experts and a newly disclosed...

NSA Xmas Gift: Decade's Worth of Declassified Docs

Reports show numerous instances of 'unintentional technical or human error'

(Newser) - While many people were wrapping presents and prepping for holiday dinners, the NSA did its own holiday sharing on Christmas Eve: The agency released 10 years' worth of declassified documents, Mashable reports. The materials, which covered a period from the middle of 2001 through early 2013, are the heavily redacted...

Snowden: 'I Care More About the Country Than Myself'

Edward Snowden says he think gov't is fearful about what's in leaked docs

(Newser) - "I love my country. I feel like a patriot," Edward Snowden tells Wired in a wide-ranging and lengthy interview for the September issue, which features an already-controversial cover image of the NSA whistleblower wrapped in an American flag, notes Today . Other highlights from the interview, conducted over the...

Thanks to Spying, No One Talks to Reporters Anymore
Thanks to Spying, No One Talks to Reporters Anymore
NEW REPORT

Thanks to Spying, No One Talks to Reporters Anymore

Human rights agencies say sources fear being prosecuted

(Newser) - Journalists often face danger , compete with robots , and now may find their sources strangely mum: A joint report disseminated by two human-rights agencies today says that the US government’s relentless surveillance is scaring sources into silence and hampering lawyers’ efforts to protect their clients, reports the AP . The NSA’...

Snowden: NSA Snoops Shared Sexy Photos

Inside agency, 'anything goes,' he says

(Newser) - Military personnel working on National Security Agency surveillance programs saw stumbling across explicit photos as one of the "fringe benefits of surveillance positions," Edward Snowden reveals in a wide-ranging interview with the Guardian . They may find, "for example, an intimate nude photo of someone in a sexually...

NSA Can Spy on All Countries—Save 4

Snowden documents contain authorization certificate

(Newser) - The National Security Agency has the authority to spy on pretty much any country, with the exception the other four members of the "Five Eyes": Britain, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. The agency is also free to keep an eye on the European Union, the World Bank, the International...

Oliver Stone to Write, Direct Snowden Movie

Bond producers making rival Snowden film

(Newser) - After tackling issues including the Vietnam War, the assassination of JFK, and the presidency of George W. Bush, Oliver Stone says he's taking on another of the "greatest stories of our time": Edward Snowden's National Security Agency whistleblowing. Stone will write and direct an adaptation of Guardian...

Snowden Calls NSA Email Release 'Incomplete'

He says he raised concerns many more times

(Newser) - More back-and-forth between the National Security Agency and its least favorite former contractor: Edward Snowden says the single email from him that the NSA has released is an "incomplete" record and he voiced his concern about the agency's "indefensible collection activities" on multiple occasions. If the White...

Kerry to Snowden: Man Up, Come Home
 Snowden: 
 If I Could, 
 I Would 
 Go Home 


NBC INTERVIEW

Snowden: If I Could, I Would Go Home

Snowden says he'd love to return to US—but not to jail cell

(Newser) - Edward Snowden, speaking in his first interview with an American news organization last night, described himself as a "patriot" for trying to stop the violations of the Constitution he saw. "Whether amnesty or clemency ever becomes a possibility is not for me to say," he said. "...

Snowden: I Was a Spy, Given a Fake Name
 Snowden: 
 I Was a Spy, 
 Had a Fake Name 
NBC INTERVIEW

Snowden: I Was a Spy, Had a Fake Name

NSA leaker's sit-down with Brian Williams was months in the making

(Newser) - Edward Snowden wants the world to know he was more than the "low-level systems administrator" US authorities have described him as—he was a trained spy and technical expert. In an interview with NBC News' Brian Williams, the National Security Agency leaker says he was a spy "in...

NSA Seeks Codebreakers Via Cryptic Tweets

But agency's effort was easy to crack

(Newser) - The NSA is trying to attract would-be codebreakers with coded tweets—but judging from the one it sent yesterday, it may need to set the bar a little higher, the Washington Post finds. The agency's mysterious tweet—"tpfccdlfdtte pcaccplircdt dklpcfrp?qeiq lhpqlipqeodf gpwafopwprti izxndkiqpkii krirrifcapnc dxkdciqcafmd vkfpcadf"—turned...

Supreme Court Rejects Early NSA Challenge
Cases the Supreme Court Avoided Today
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Cases the Supreme Court Avoided Today

Justices duck rulings on NSA, gay rights, campaign finance

(Newser) - The Supreme Court quietly made a bunch of headlines today, mainly by rejecting potentially explosive cases. Here's a roundup of the day's (in)action:
  • Gay rights: The court announced that it would not take up the highly charged case that began when a New Mexico wedding photographer refused to
...

Obama Looks to Wind Down NSA's Bulk Data Collection

Proposal leaves data with phone companies

(Newser) - President Obama wants the federal government to stop sucking up huge amounts of data on Americans' phone calls, administration officials tells the New York Times . The president—days away from his own deadline for revamping the National Security Agency's phone-surveillance program —is set to roll out a proposal...

Lawyers to Obama: You Have 4 Options to Reform NSA

Scrapping phone-snooping program is one of them

(Newser) - President Obama asked White House lawyers last month to come up with ways to reform the National Security Administration's phone-surveillance program and they have delivered four options, insiders tell the Wall Street Journal . One option—and probably the least likely to be adopted—is scrapping the program altogether, while...

Navy Admiral Is Obama's Pick for Next NSA Director

Mike Rogers will be appointed: Hagel

(Newser) - A Navy admiral is President Barack Obama's choice to be the next head of the controversy-ridden National Security Agency. Vice Adm. Mike Rogers, the head of the Navy's Cyber Command and a former intelligence director for the Joint Chiefs of Staff, is being appointed to lead the NSA,...

Snowden: US Wants to Kill Me
 Snowden: US Wants to Kill Me 

Snowden: US Wants to Kill Me

But he's not losing sleep over it, he says

(Newser) - Edward Snowden believes top American government officials want him dead—but he still sleeps well at night because he knows he did the right thing. In an interview with a German broadcaster, the NSA leaker said he was aware of "significant threats" to his life, Reuters reports. "These...

US Watchdog: Surveillance by NSA Is Illegal, Must End

Privacy board slams legal rationale behind the program

(Newser) - President Obama's proposed NSA reforms aren't nearly enough, says an independent federal agency that serves as a privacy watchdog. In fact, the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board thinks the NSA's surveillance is illegal and should be shut down, the New York Times reports. The board takes...

Computer Offline? NSA Can Spy on It Anyway

Secret technology only deployed overseas

(Newser) - Anybody who thinks disconnecting their computer from the Internet will keep them safe from the prying eyes of the National Security Agency needs to think again, according to the New York Times . The agency has inserted software into around 100,000 computers worldwide that allows it to spy on those...

Snowden: My Mission Is Accomplished

'I already won,' he says in Moscow interview

(Newser) - While there's no sign of an end to the flow of leaked National Security Agency documents, Edward Snowden says he feels like his mission has already been accomplished. Speaking to a Washington Post reporter for more than 14 hours of interviews in Moscow, Snowden explained that he acted out...

Amnesty for Snowden? NSA Bosses Split

They fear he could reveal 'road map' of US know-how

(Newser) - 60 Minutes last night offered a window into the NSA's thinking on how to handle Edward Snowden and his cache of information. In an interview, Rick Ledgett, head of the task force investigating Snowden's impact, didn't rule out the possibility of amnesty, per CNET : It's...

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