Category: NSA

Microsoft Exec Blames WannaCry Ransomware on NSA Vulnerability Hoarding Program

Microsoft Exec Blames WannaCry Ransomware on NSA Vulnerability Hoarding Program

| May 15, 2017

Microsoft’s Chief Legal Officer Brad Smith has penned a blog post today, accusing the NSA of stockpiling exploits, failing to protect its hacking tools, and indirectly causing the WannaCry ransomware outbreak. Smith is asking for a collective action between software vendors, cyber-security researchers, and governments across the world, “to take a different approach and adhere […]

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NSA Planted Stuxnet-Type Malware Deep within Hard Drives Firmware

NSA Planted Stuxnet-Type Malware Deep within Hard Drives Firmware

| February 17, 2015

The U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) may be hiding highly-sophisticated hacking payloads in the firmware of consumer hard drives over the last 15 to 20 years in a campaign, giving the agency the means to eavesdrop on thousands of targets’ computers, according to an analysis by Kaspersky labs and subsequent reports. ‘EQUATION GROUP’ BEHIND THE […]

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NSA Laughs at PCs, Prefers Hacking Routers and Switches

NSA Laughs at PCs, Prefers Hacking Routers and Switches

| September 16, 2013

The NSA runs a massive, full-time hacking operation targeting foreign systems, the latest leaks from Edward Snowden show. But unlike conventional cybercriminals, the agency is less interested in hacking PCs and Macs. Instead, America’s spooks have their eyes on the internet routers and switches that form the basic infrastructure of the net, and are largely […]

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NSA’s pipe dream: Weakening crypto will only help the “good guys

NSA’s pipe dream: Weakening crypto will only help the “good guys

| September 6, 2013

Ever since Edward Snowden began leaking NSA secrets earlier this year, President Obama has insisted that they weren’t “whistleblowing” in any useful sense because they didn’t reveal any abuses. Instead, they simply revealed secret programs that were: Operating with rigorous NSA oversight and without real problems; Extensively vetted by the secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court […]

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In Secret, Court Vastly Broadens Powers of N.S.A.

In Secret, Court Vastly Broadens Powers of N.S.A.

| July 12, 2013

WASHINGTON — In more than a dozen classified rulings, the nation’s surveillance court has created a secret body of law giving theNational Security Agency the power to amass vast collections of data on Americans while pursuing not only terrorism suspects, but also people possibly involved in nuclear proliferation, espionage and cyberattacks, officials say. The rulings, some nearly 100 […]

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