Displaying items by tag: Edward Snowden

America's National Security Agency has dug its heels in and is refusing to provide information to Democrat Senator Ron Wyden as to whether it is still planting backdoors in commercial products as it was found to have done with Juniper Networks in 2015.

Published in Government Tech Policy

A seasoned infosec professional has poured cold water on claims that the number of cyber attacks has increased markedly during the coronavirus pandemic, saying that only the theme of the attacks had changed while all else remained the same.

Published in Security

The US Government has filed a case against whistleblower Edward Snowden for publishing a book without first submitting it to the CIA and NSA for approval as required by non-disclosure agreements he signed with the two agencies while employed by them.

Published in Government Tech Policy

Western intelligence agencies, which have been accusing China and Russia of spying on their nations, reportedly infiltrated the Russian search firm Yandex last year, using Windows malware known as Regin that has been identified as having been created and used by the NSA and Britain's GCHQ.

Published in Security

Anonymous sources close to former Australian prime minister Malcolm Turnbull appear to be trying to promote him as a tech champion who led the charge to get Huawei banned from 5G networks worldwide, crediting the ex-PM with having pushed the Americans into reacting against the Chinese company, rather than the other way round.

Published in Open Sauce

Nearly three years after a leak of NSA exploits by a group calling itself the Shadow Brokers disclosed the open secret that the agency keeps knowledge of vulnerabilities to itself, the Australian Signals Directorate, the equivalent agency Down Under, has posted a document indicating that it, too, does not disclose all vulnerabilities it finds, but retains some for offensive purposes.

Published in Open Sauce

Communications Alliance chief John Stanton has questioned the Federal Government's claims about having consulted widely before drafting its encryption bill, pointing out during a parliamentary hearing that he had had just a single meeting with a representative of the attorney-general's office in the run-up to the release of the public draft of the bill.

Published in Government Tech Policy
Monday, 15 October 2018 10:00

DuckDuckGo search queries hit 30m per day

The privacy-focused Internet search engine DuckDuckGo has achieved a high of 30 million search queries a day recently, the company behind it says.

Published in Apps

Global networking giant Cisco has expressed grave reservations about several aspects of the Federal Government's proposed encryption bill, with the creation of backdoors one of its major concerns.

Published in Government Tech Policy

Will the adoption of the Federal Government's encryption bill make life online safer for the average citizen and guard against the growth of child pornography and terrorism? No. On the contrary, passing this bill into law will only help those who are involved in these activities to thrive.

Published in Open Sauce

The European Court of Human Rights has ruled that the methods used by the British spy agency, Government Communications Headquarters, to collect information through bulk interception of online communications violated privacy and did not provide enough safeguards.

Published in Government Tech Policy

Facilities owned by American telecommunications giant AT&T in eight US cities are being used by the NSA to monitor billions of emails, phone calls and online chats that pass through US territory.

Published in Government Tech Policy

Top officials of Chinese telecommunications company Huawei have written to Australian MPs and senators telling them that excluding the firm from the 5G rollout in the country would result in increased costs, an inferior service and pose a threat to the company's operations Down Under.

Published in Telecoms & NBN

The NSA could have access to the code repositories residing on GitHub, which is now owned by Microsoft, if past practices of the Redmond-based software giant are any indicator.

Published in Security
Monday, 26 February 2018 06:18

US campaign against Huawei driven by NSA fears

Over the last few months, there have been numerous reports in both the tech and general media about the US having suspicions around Chinese giant telco Huawei and claiming that the company may be spying for China. There is one simple reason for this: the US' premier spy agency, the NSA, fears that if Huawei equipment is used, then it will be unable to carry out its own spying.

Published in Open Sauce

A Vietnamese American man has pleaded guilty to taking NSA files back home and retaining them there in violation of the rules under which he worked.

Published in Security

Russian government hackers are claimed to have obtained details of how the US breaks into networks of other countries and also how it defends itself, through the theft of material that was moved by an NSA contractor from his office machine to his home computer, unnamed sources say.

Published in Security

Google is coming under renewed pressure from the US Government in a case over its refusal to turn over email stored abroad in response to a warrant from the Department of Justice.

Published in Government Tech Policy

Two former senior US intelligence officials claim that evidence, if any, of Russian interference in the US elections last year would still be available in NSA databases.

Published in Security
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