Edward Snowden

Hackers deface ethical hacking website, with image of Edward Snowden’s passport

A hacker claims to have access to thousands of identity papers belonging to security professionals – hacked from the EC-Council.

And, to prove their point, the hacker posts an image of the passport belonging to NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden.

Stopping the Edward Snowden in your organisation

NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden is a hero in the eyes of many internet users. But his employer would hardly consider him to be a model member of staff.

How can you reduce the risk of a worker leaking sensitive information from your organisation? Read my article on the Intralinks blog.

The NSA’s $10 million ‘bribe’ to get RSA to use backdoored encryption algorithm

The NSA arranged a secret $10 million deal with security firm RSA that ultimately resulted in the company incorporating a flawed algorithm for generating random numbers into its products, creating a backdoor into encrypted communications.

NSA claims it thwarted BIOS malware plot that could have destroyed the US economy. Of course, it’s nonsense

The CBS show “60 Minutes” airs a ridiculous report about the goings-on at the NSA, and broadcasts questionable claims about a plot to wipe the BIOS chips of US computers.

US and British spies invade World of Warcraft in hunt for online criminals and terrorists

It sounds extraordinary, but it seems American and UK intelligence agencies infiltrated popular video games in their hunt for criminal gangs and terrorists.

NSA infected 50,000 systems with malware, according to leaked documents

By the middle of 2012, the NSA had infected more than 50,000 computer systems around the world with malware.

GCHQ “created fake LinkedIn, Slashdot webpages” to infect targets with malware

If you work for Belgacom, or any other company of interest to GCHQ and the NSA, perhaps you shouldn’t visit LinkedIn.

Cyprus: Home of the UK’s secret Middle Eastern internet surveillance base

An Italian newspaper reveals the top secret location of the GCHQ base, monitoring communications in the Middle East.

This secret post-it note shows the NSA tapping into Google’s data centers

Google and Yahoo’s worldwide network of data centers are said to have been compromised by the NSA, according to a newly-leaked document.

Is one terrorism death a year really too high a price to pay for freedom from intrusive surveillance?

One death in a year through a terrorist act seems too high a price to pay for freedom from intrusive surveillance.

Do we value our privacy as little as that, asks guest contributor Philip Le Riche.

Europe furious with USA. Calls spying on leaders a breach of trust

Europe is furious with the United States over the extent of its spying activities.

Must have made for some awkward conversations between Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Mikko Hyppönen: “You should not be worried about PRISM. You should be outraged”

We should not just accept such blanket and wholesale surveillance from one country onto the rest of the world, argues security expert Mikko Hypponen.

How the NSA cheated cryptography

Cheating with the privacy of billions of internet users is nothing but very, very wrong.

Martijn Grooten takes a close look at elliptic curves, as he describes the maths behind the NSA’s backdoor.

GCHQ infected Belgium’s largest telecom company with spyware

UK intelligence planted malware on Belgacom’s computer systems, according to newly leaked documents.

Secret documents reveal NSA spying on encrypted internet communications

If you haven’t read the articles in the New York Times or The Guardian today, you probably should.

The NSA is not just spying on encrypted internet communications, it is covertly working to make encryption weaker.

Groklaw law news website closes down, citing US surveillance concerns

Award-winning law news blog Groklaw has announced that it is shutting down, saying that it cannot operate under existing US surveillance policies.