Tagged with: NSA

The Guardian, Washington Post Earn Pulitzers for Snowden Reporting

The Guardian, Washington Post Earn Pulitzers for Snowden Reporting

The 2014 Pulitzer Public Service Award for "meritorious public service by a newspaper or news site" was awarded Monday to the UK-based publication The Guardian and the US-based publication The Washington Post for their reporting on documents provided to them by National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden. The two ...

Obama: Government Can Exploit Internet Flaws for National Security

Obama: Government Can Exploit Internet Flaws for National Security

Stepping into a heated debate within the nation’s intelligence agencies, President Obama has decided that when the National Security Agency discovers major flaws in Internet security, it should — in most circumstances — reveal them to assure that they will be fixed, rather than keep mum so that the flaws can be used ...

The NSA Used Heartbleed for Years, Says Bloomberg

The NSA Used Heartbleed for Years, Says Bloomberg

The U.S. National Security Agency knew for at least two years about a flaw in the way that many websites send sensitive information, now dubbed the Heartbleed bug, and regularly used it to gather critical intelligence, two people familiar with the matter said. The NSA’s decision to keep the bug secret in pursuit of ...

The NSA Has Monitored Every Call, Text and Email in Iraq

The NSA Has Monitored Every Call, Text and Email in Iraq

A couple weeks ago, we learned from leaked documents that the NSA has the capability to record an entire country's calls, texts, and email in real time. That's a hell of a capability, and those documents revealed that it was being used in one country. Now, thanks to a retired NSA leader, we know which country that is: Iraq. ...

Study: The NSA Had a Much Easier Time Hacking Web Security Than We Thought

Study: The NSA Had a Much Easier Time Hacking Web Security Than We Thought

Security industry pioneer RSA adopted not just one but two encryption tools developed by the U.S. National Security Agency, greatly increasing the spy agency's ability to eavesdrop on some Internet communications, according to a team of academic researchers. Reuters reported in December that the NSA had paid RSA $10 million ...

Here’s How the NSA Will Collect Phone Data Under Obama’s New Plan

Here’s How the NSA Will Collect Phone Data Under Obama’s New Plan

One of the key points in the “fact sheet” that the White House published about its plan to end the NSA’s bulk collection of phone record data is that while the NSA will no longer have possession of phone data, it will still have access to it. Under the newly proposed program, the White House document notes, the NSA ...

Google’s Government Requests for Data Have Doubled in 4 Years

Google’s Government Requests for Data Have Doubled in 4 Years

Google released its latest transparency report on Thursday, revealing tens of thousands of law enforcement requests from across the world. In the second half of 2013, the report lists more than 27,000 requests for user data from around the world, affecting more than 42,000 different accounts. It's a 120 percent jump in ...

President Obama Announces Plan to Reform for NSA Data Collection

President Obama Announces Plan to Reform for NSA Data Collection

President Barack Obama has officially announced his plan to reform the National Security Agency's collection of phone records. Under his new proposal, the agency would no longer keep a database holding a large percentage of all American call records. Instead, phone companies like AT&T and Verizon would keep them for the ...

President Obama to Propose an End to NSA’s Bulk Data Collection

President Obama to Propose an End to NSA’s Bulk Data Collection

The Obama administration is preparing to unveil a legislative proposal for a far-reaching overhaul of the National Security Agency’s once-secret bulk phone records program in a way that — if approved by Congress — would end the aspect that has most alarmed privacy advocates since its existence was leaked last year, ...

Jimmy Carter Tells NBC News He Thinks the NSA Spies on Him

Jimmy Carter Tells NBC News He Thinks the NSA Spies on Him

Former presidents — they’re just like us (minus the generous pension, 24-hour-a-day Secret Service protection, dedicated presidential library and a few other perks that come to mind). If you want to keep something private, send an old-fashioned letter, advises former President Jimmy Carter. The 89-year-old former ...