Department of Homeland Security and GCHQ back Apple and Amazon’s denials they were hacked by China

The US Department of Homeland Security and UK’s GCHQ have rallied behind the vigorous denials issued by Amazon and Apple, after Bloomberg BusinessWeek reported China had planted malicious computer chips on systems used by the tech giants.

GCHQ knew FBI was planning to arrest WannaCry’s ‘accidental hero’ before he travelled to the USA

The US authorities saved themselves an awful lot of paperwork and legal expense arresting their suspect on their own soil rather than trying to extradite him from the UK.

GCHQ broke the law for 17 years… spying on UK citizens

For more than 17 years British security and intelligence agencies broke the law, illegally collecting vast amounts of data about UK citizens without proper oversight.

Two different ways to attack a drone

Drones are the subject of the latest hacking scoop from The Intercept, based upon documents handed over to them by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden.

Meanwhile, Dutch Police have a different approach…


Fighting talk from Great Britain as it says it will hit back against internet attacks

British chancellor George Osborne has warned about the spectre of online terrorists attacking national infrastructure, and made some rather bold pronouncements about the UK’s willingness to engage in cyberwarfare to defend itself.

Read more in my article on the We Live Security blog.

Oops! GCHQ accidentally spied on its own staff too much

Do you work at GCHQ? (The UK surveillance agency, not the newsletter)

UK government report reveals that internal monitoring of GCHQ staff captured more information about employees’ communications than was authorised.

Not all anti-virus firms are of interest to the NSA and GCHQ, leaked files reveal

You know you’ve really made it as an anti-virus company when intelligence agencies like the NSA and the United Kingdom’s GCHQ are looking for vulnerabilities in your software, and interested in spying on the emails that your customers send you about new malware.

Want to hack companies and not get punished? Just join GCHQ

Good news, you won’t get into trouble if you hack on behalf of GCHQ under sneaked-in change to legislation.

Bad news, the pay is rubbish.

Obama: “China, don’t you dare make us put backdoors in our software!” (That’s our job…)

China and the United States are at loggerheads over Beijing’s plan to force technology companies to share their encryption keys, and put backdoors into their software, if they wish to sell into China.

After all, that would never be proposed by a Western government, would it..?

If China or Russia had compromised every mobile phone, *then* would the authorities take it more seriously?

Gemalto says it was hacked, and believes it could have been the NSA or GCHQ who did it.

So how should different countries respond to the reports that secure mobile phone communications may now be compromised? Watch this video to see what Australian spooks had to say.


SIM-maker Gemalto admits it was hacked, but downplays seriousness

The world’s largest SIM manufacturer has provided details to the press about its investigation into the alleged hacking by NSA and GCHQ, concluding that it believes its SIM cards are secure.

Read more on the Hot for Security blog.

Spies in your SIM card? After alleged hack by NSA and GCHQ, manufacturer says its SIMs are secure

Gemalto says it will reveal later this week details of its investigation into an alleged hack by the NSA and GCHQ.

The firm, which makes billions of SIM cards each year, and counts 450 mobile operators as clients, is said to have been attacked in 2010-2011.


Did GCHQ illegally spy on you? Here’s how to find out

Law enforcement agencies shouldn’t be above the law. Find out if the UK’s GCHQ illegally spied upon your phone calls, emails or other online activity.

Read more in my article on the We Live Security blog.


GCHQ covertly scoops up 70,000 emails in minutes – and it’s a disgrace

Politicians have gone too far – exploiting fear and raising concerns about possible future terrorist attacks in order to chip away at freedoms that we should take for granted.

Read more in my article on the Hot for Security blog.

So, who *did* write the Regin malware?

No-one knows for sure who created the highly-sophisticated Regin malware that has been spying on organisations in the telecommunications, energy and health sectors for some years.

But that doesn’t mean that we don’t have suspicions…


GCHQ spokesperson says “Cyber terrorism is not a concern”

Should we be worried about terrorists launching internet attacks?

Or are there more immediate concerns for the typical organisation?

Learn more on the Tripwire State of Security blog.