Second Swiss firm allegedly sold encrypted spying devices

Second Swiss firm allegedly sold encrypted spying devices

Omnisec was one of the largest competitors of Crypto AG.Swiss cryptologist and professor Ueli Maurer was a consultant for Omnisec for years and told SRF that in 1989 US intelligence services (National Security Agency) contacted Omnisec through him.

Report Claims CIA Controlled Second Swiss Encryption Firm

Report Claims CIA Controlled Second Swiss Encryption Firm

Omnisec meanwhile also sold its faulty OC-500 series devices to several federal agencies in Switzerland, including its own intelligence agencies, as well as to Switzerland’s largest bank, UBS, and other private companies in the country, the SRF investigation showed.

Does the Country a Service is Headquartered in Matter?

Does the Country a Service is Headquartered in Matter?

As such, a lot of people in the privacy community prefer to pick services that are run by companies that are based outside of the various Eyes communities.

Speech readied for CSIS boss raises spectre of ‘hostile’ nations hunting for personal data through schools and businesses

Speech readied for CSIS boss raises spectre of ‘hostile’ nations hunting for personal data through schools and businesses

Concern is growing within Canada’s spy agency about the threat posed by hostile state actors, especially China and Russia, looking to steal intellectual property and “large digital data sets” from private companies and academic institutions.

Thinking like a spy can help us sort truth from lies, says former head of GCHQ

Thinking like a spy can help us sort truth from lies, says former head of GCHQ

In a new book, intelligence and security expert Sir David Omand shows how we can learn to make better judgements by thinking like a spy.How Spies Think: Ten Lessons in Intelligence by David Omand (Viking, £20) is out now.

Spy agency ducks questions about 'back doors' in tech products

Spy agency ducks questions about 'back doors' in tech products

The NSA has long sought agreements with technology companies under which they would build special access for the spy agency into their products, according to disclosures by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden and reporting by Reuters and others.

Edward Snowden gets permanent residency in Russia - lawyer

Edward Snowden gets permanent residency in Russia - lawyer

In an interview in September last year, Snowden said he would be willing to return to the US if he is guaranteed a fair trial.What I'm asking for is a fair trial.

Why Monopolies Make Spying Easier

Why Monopolies Make Spying Easier

If history is any guide, the longer that companies like Facebook and Google stay dominant, the more likely it becomes that they will serve as intelligence partners to the United States and other governments.

EU’s top court limits government spying on citizens’ mobile and internet data

EU’s top court limits government spying on citizens’ mobile and internet data

The groups specifically took issue with the U.K.'s Investigatory Powers Act, a 2015 French decree related to specialized intelligence services, and a Belgian law on collection and retention of communications data that was introduced in 2016.

Alibaba Servers in India Stealing Data of Indian Users, Probe Soon: Intelligence Sources

Alibaba Servers in India Stealing Data of Indian Users, Probe Soon: Intelligence Sources

At least 72 servers based in India are allegedly sending data of Indian users to China, and at the centre of this are cloud data servers of Chinese technology group, Alibaba, top intelligence sources told News18 earlier today.

Chinese database detailing 2.4 million influential people, their kids, their addresses, and how to press their buttons revealed

Chinese database detailing 2.4 million influential people, their kids, their addresses, and how to press their buttons revealed

“The data collected about individuals and institutions and the overlaid analytic tools from social media platforms provide China enormous benefit in opinion formation, targeting, and messaging.”.

China's 'hybrid war': Beijing's mass surveillance of Australia and the world for secrets and scandal

China's 'hybrid war': Beijing's mass surveillance of Australia and the world for secrets and scandal

A Chinese company with links to Beijing's military and intelligence networks has been amassing a vast database of detailed personal information on thousands of Australians, including prominent and influential figures.

U.S. court: Mass surveillance program exposed by Snowden was illegal

U.S. court: Mass surveillance program exposed by Snowden was illegal

(Reuters) - Seven years after former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden blew the whistle on the mass surveillance of Americans’ telephone records, an appeals court has found the program was unlawful - and that the U.S. intelligence leaders who publicly defended it were not telling the truth.

The American Scholar: Our Post-Privacy World - <a href='https://theamericanscholar.org/author/thomas-a-bass/'>Thomas A. Bass</a>

The American Scholar: Our Post-Privacy World - <a href='https://theamericanscholar.org/author/thomas-a-bass/'>Thomas A. Bass</a>

Called Total Information Awareness (TIA), it was the “biggest surveillance program in the history of the United States,” said Senator Ron Wyden (D-Oregon), whose Senate Select Committee on Intelligence had nominal oversight.

Neuralink: Elon Musk unveils pig with chip in its brain

Neuralink: Elon Musk unveils pig with chip in its brain

Media captionGertrude the pig had the chip implanted two months ago Elon Musk has unveiled a pig called Gertrude with a coin-sized computer chip in her brain to demonstrate his ambitious plans to create a working brain-to-machine interface.

The head of Denmark’s spy program has been fired for snooping on citizens and lying about it

The head of Denmark’s spy program has been fired for snooping on citizens and lying about it

According to a press release by the TET, Danish intelligence had maintained “operational activities in violation of Danish law, including obtaining and passing on a significant amount of information about Danish citizens.” Additionally, the TET noted that the FE had not only withheld information but actually reported back to overseers “incorrect information on matters relating to the collection of the service and disclosure of information.”.

The Viking Snowden: Denmark spy chief 'relieved of duty' after whistleblower reveals illegal snooping on citizens

The Viking Snowden: Denmark spy chief 'relieved of duty' after whistleblower reveals illegal snooping on citizens

The TET clearly decided its authority and ability to oversee the intelligence services was at stake and notes that it sought, and received, repeat support from the Defense Minister in its investigation.

Feds charge former Green Beret with spying for Russia in latest legal blow to Special Forces community

Feds charge former Green Beret with spying for Russia in latest legal blow to Special Forces community

(AP) — A former Army Green Beret living in northern Virginia was arrested on Friday, charged with divulging military secrets about his unit’s activities in former Soviet republics during more than a decade of contacts with Russian intelligence.

AP Exclusive: Barr ‘vehemently opposed’ to pardoning Snowden

AP Exclusive: Barr ‘vehemently opposed’ to pardoning Snowden

The attorney general’s comments in an interview with The Associated Press come days after President Donald Trump said he would “look at” whether to pardon Snowden, who was charged under the Espionage Act in 2013 with disclosing details of highly classified government surveillance programs.

Trump says he is considering pardon for leaker Edward Snowden

Trump says he is considering pardon for leaker Edward Snowden

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump said on Saturday he is considering a pardon for Edward Snowden, the former U.S. National Security Agency contractor - now living in Russia - whose spectacular leaks shook the U.S. intelligence community in 2013.

Anomaly Six Accused Of Feeding U.S. Gov User Location Data From Hundreds Of Apps

Anomaly Six Accused Of Feeding U.S. Gov User Location Data From Hundreds Of Apps

A new Wall Street Journal report alleges that Anomaly Six, a company that was formed by two U.S. Military vets, is a federal contractor that has managed to get its location data SDK embedded into over 500 mobile applications that are used by hundreds of millions of smartphone owners.

Team with Canadian military intelligence unit data-mined social media accounts of Ontarians during pandemic

Team with Canadian military intelligence unit data-mined social media accounts of Ontarians during pandemic

Brig.-Gen. Conrad Mialkowski, who had PiT assigned to his headquarters during the Canadian Forces pandemic response, said the team did not break any laws or violate military regulations.Such information helps inform the Canadian military about the situation they would be operating in during the pandemic, said Mialkowski, commander of Joint Task Force Central.

Exclusive: Secret Trump order gives CIA more powers to launch cyberattacks

Exclusive: Secret Trump order gives CIA more powers to launch cyberattacks

The Central Intelligence Agency has conducted a series of covert cyber operations against Iran and other targets since winning a secret victory in 2018 when President Trump signed what amounts to a sweeping authorization for such activities, according to former U.S. officials with direct knowledge of the matter.

Intel agencies red-flag use of 53 mobile apps with links to China: Complete list

Intel agencies red-flag use of 53 mobile apps with links to China: Complete list

Indian intelligence agencies have asked the government to block or advise people to stop use of 53 mobile applications linked to China over concerns that these weren’t safe and ended up extracting a large amount of data outside India, people familiar with the development told Hindustan Times.

DEA Can Secretly Surveil George Floyd Protesters

DEA Can Secretly Surveil George Floyd Protesters

The Drug Enforcement Administration has been granted sweeping new authority to “conduct covert surveillance” and collect intelligence on people participating in protests over the police killing of George Floyd, according to a two-page memorandum obtained by BuzzFeed News.

Researchers Use a Beer App To Track the Military and CIA

Researchers Use a Beer App To Track the Military and CIA

Using data collected by the app, Postma was able to follow the movements of users military and intelligence personnel, typically through check-ins at bars or breweries near their workplaces—and even at a secret CIA base.

Sen. Ron Wyden Wants to Stop the Government From Spying on Your Internet Searches

Sen. Ron Wyden Wants to Stop the Government From Spying on Your Internet Searches

Greer says Wyden's introduction of the amendment could be a way of alerting the public that intelligence agencies have already been collecting U.S. citizens' web search data.

Leaked Senate Talking Points Say Internet Surveillance Warrants Would Force FBI To Let Terrorists Bomb Things

Leaked Senate Talking Points Say Internet Surveillance Warrants Would Force FBI To Let Terrorists Bomb Things

A spokesperson for Sen. Ron Wyden, an intelligence committee member and a sponsor of the pro-privacy amendment the talking points seek to undermine, said that if an individual is a known spy, “then obviously there’s probable cause that he is an agent of a foreign power and a warrant is readily available.”.

House leaders agree to vote on amendment restricting surveillance of internet browsing

House leaders agree to vote on amendment restricting surveillance of internet browsing

Lofgren and Davidson advocated for their amendment in a letter Wednesday to the House Rules Committee, noting that the Wyden-Daines proposal had a bipartisan majority of the Senate and that at least two senators indicated they would have voted for it had they been present.The House is expected to pass the surveillance measure next week.

Victory! German Mass Surveillance Abroad is Ruled Unconstitutional

Victory! German Mass Surveillance Abroad is Ruled Unconstitutional

In its press release about the decision, the court found that the privacy rights of the German constitution also protects foreigners in other countries and that the German intelligence agency, Bundesnachrichtendienst (BND), had no authority to conduct telecommunications surveillance on them:.