Latest National Security Agency Stories

2014-01-23 11:20:06

Surveillance minimization - where surveillance is the exception, not the rule - could help rebuild public trust following revelations about the collection of personal data, according to a law academic from the University of East Anglia. Dr Paul Bernal, whose research covers privacy, surveillance and human rights, says the role of government surveillance and of surveillance by commercial groups and others must be reconsidered. He suggests surveillance minimization as a way forward and...

Data Collection By The NSA To See Changes, But How Much?
2014-01-18 05:01:34

Enid Burns for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online President Barack Obama addressed the nation Friday to discuss changes to the surveillance programs run by the National Security Agency (NSA) programs. While he plans to make changes, the plans the president outlined are broad. A transcript of the speech was posted online by the Washington Post. A key takeaway from the speech was posted by Brian Fung on his Washington Post blog. "I am therefore ordering a transition that will end the...

NSA Uses Radio Waves To Spy On International Computers
2014-01-15 13:13:22

Enid Burns for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The National Security Agency (NSA) is doing more than monitoring email, cell phone calls and internet browsing. The US agency has infiltrated around 100,000 computers outside of the United States to monitor activities, and uses radio waves to retrieve data from those systems. Radio waves are a "secret technology" used by the NSA, The New York Times reports. The agency has increasingly made use of the technology to enter and alter data...

NSA Backlash Makes Foreign Companies Wary Of US Cloud Data Services
2014-01-11 04:43:16

Enid Burns for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A survey conducted by Vancouver, British Columbia-based web hosting service PEER 1 finds that a quarter of Canadian and UK businesses are looking outside of US borders for data storage. Companies outside of the US are leery of using data services hosted in the country due to the spying activities of the US National Security Agency (NSA). According to survey results, PEER1 finds that 25 percent of businesses are moving data outside of...

Security Firms Backing Out Of RSA Conference Over NSA Controversy
2014-01-09 13:51:05

Peter Suciu for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Following last month’s news that security firm RSA had worked with the National Security Agency to provide a digital backdoor in its encryption technology, eight computer security research firms have announced that they will not attend a security conference sponsored by RSA, reported the Washington Post. Despite the response from RSA that it had not provided the NSA with any such technological advantage to break its encryption, there...

NSA Builds Encryption Busting Super Computer
2014-01-03 11:20:30

Peter Suciu for redOrbit.com – Your Universe Online On Thursday The Washington Post reported that the National Security Agency (NSA) is now developing a computer that, if successful, could break into nearly every type of encryption that currently exists. This would include encryption programs used to protect banking, medical, business and government records throughout the world. The Washington Post attributes these findings to documents provided by former NSA contractor Edward...

Clemency For Edward Snowden
2014-01-02 11:10:23

Peter Suciu for redOrbit.com – Your Universe Online On New Year’s Day, The New York Times and The Guardian newspapers called on US President Barack Obama to issue clemency for NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden. The former National Security Agency contractor is believed to have stolen as many as 1.7 million highly classified documents about the US government’s ongoing surveillance program, and has released much of the information to the media. Snowden fled the country in June, first...

NSA May Be Spying On Your Smartphone
2014-01-01 04:47:20

Bryan P. Carpender for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online What is the latest weapon in the National Security Agency’s (NSA) surveillance arsenal? Chances are, you have one, it fits in the palm of your hand and you may even be using it right now. Der Spiegel reports that if you have an iPhone, then you should be aware that the NSA reportedly has the ability to access pretty much all of your data, thanks to a program called DROPOUT JEEP, according to security researcher Jacob...

NSA Intercepting Computer Deliveries, Implanting Spyware: Report
2013-12-30 12:27:43

Gerard LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online According to a report Sunday from the German publication Der Spiegel, a special hacking unit from the US National Security Agency (NSA), intercepts deliveries of new computer equipment and plants spyware. The Office of Tailored Access Operations (TAO) is one of the NSA’s most successful operations for infiltrating computer systems. Der Spiegel wrote, “If a target person, agency or company orders a new computer or related...

Judge Rules NSA Phone Data Collection Legal
2013-12-27 15:33:45

Peter Suciu for redOrbit.com – Your Universe Online On Friday, a federal judge ruled the National Security Agency’s (NSA) mass collection of telephone data is legal. US District Judge William Pauley dismissed a lawsuit brought by civil liberties campaigners, stating the dragnet program “represents the government’s counter-punch” to al-Qaida, which was responsible for the September 2001 terror attacks on New York City and the Pentagon. The Guardian newspaper in the United...

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