I worked @CIA. I wrote the Emergency Destruction Plan for Geneva. When CIA destroys something, it’s never a mistake.http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/cia-mistakenly-destroys-copy-of-6700-page-us-torture-report-feinstein-a7034096.html …
Tech firms and privacy groups are fighting back against an amendment proposed by the Obama administration that would give the FBI a top-level view of your “electronic communicational records” (ECTRs) without the need for a warrant.
ECTRs include everything from the web sites you’ve visited to the duration of your browsing on a particular page. It’s all up for grabs as part of a proposal being considered this week by the Senate Judiciary Committee, and legislation is already moving forward to allow national security agents to apply for an administrative subpoena called a “national security letter,” or NSL, that would let agents bypass a judge’s approval to view such information in terrorism and spy cases.
According to FBI Director James Comey, the amendment is a correction to a typo in the Electronic Communications Privacy Act that has hindered the bureau’s ability to work in “a very, very big and practical way.” As such, amending the existing surveillance laws has become the FBI’s “top priority” in 2016.
NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden pushed back against CIA claims Wednesday that the recent destruction of the Senate’s torture report was done so by accident.
As reported Monday, an intelligence source speaking with Yahoo Newsrevealed that the CIA inspector general’s office deleted both an “uploaded computer file with the report” as well as “a disk that also contained the document.”
Snowden, who worked as a cybersecurity expert for the CIA prior to his time as an NSA contractor, insinuated that the document’s destruction was anything but accidental.
Edward Snowden Says NSA Can Hack Smartphones with 1 Text and can listen in on room activities, even with phone off!
Edward Snowden, the famous whistle blower of WikiLeaks, has made another revelation in an interview with the Panorama program that is featured on the BBC. Snowden, who has been living in Russia since 2013 on a temporary asylum, has claimed that the Government Communications Headquarters agency of Britain has been using a method to gain complete access of the phones of unassuming phone users.
The tool uses a simple text message which can be sent on the phones of the users. Although the message will not be displayed on their phones, it allows the agency to control those phones. The agency is then able to switch on the phone’s microphone and camera, allowing it to spy on the people using the phones. It also allows GCHQ access to the data on the phone.
The application used by the agency is called “Smurf Suite”, which is named after the famous cartoon characters. The applications were named “Nosey Smurf”, “Tracker Smurf” and “Dreamy Smurf”. Through WikiLeaks, Snowden has revealed several past secrets that involve government agencies spying on people. This revelation about the British agency, is just one of many such measures used by the government to control the lives of its own citizens.
The text messages sent by the British agency is an unauthorised method to infringe upon the lives of British citizens. The exploit allows GCHQ to remotely switch the phones on and off without the permission of the owners. Such instances are concerning. Governments across the world have cited that such measures are for the safety of the people. However, the reality is such exploits do not enhance the security of the citizens. To put it simply, governments primarily indulge in such activities in order to gain more power.
The FBI just came out and admitted that they haven’t solved a single terrorism case using the spying powers granted by the Patriot Act.
The Justice Department’s inspector general acknowledged this in athat was released last Thursday. Inspector General E. Horowitz explained that in spanning from 2004 to 2009, the FBI increased their spying under Section 215 of the Patriot Act by three times.
This included forcing businesses to turn overand , and spying on with no clear ties to any official terrorist organizations or terrorism investigations.
But in spite of all that added spying, they couldn’t point to one single case that was solved, or one single terrorist act that was thwarted through the use of these Patriot Act provisions. Anything that they solved or prevented was done using traditionaland tactics for solving crime, without relying on Patriot Act dirty tricks.
“The agents we interviewed did not identify any major case developments that resulted from use of the records obtained in response to Section 215 orders,” the inspector general said.
He nevertheless said that he wants Section 215 to remain, and that he views thethey gather through it as “valuable” even though it wasn’t actually solving any crimes. He added that the powers under Section 215 should be expanded, to provide even more information like that which they have been gathering – which admittedly has not solved any crimes, or prevented any terrorist attacks.
“While the expanded scope of these requests can beuses of Section 215 authority, we believe these expanded uses require continued significant oversight,” Horowitz concluded.
Russian researchers expose breakthrough U.S. spying program, embedding Spyware in factory Hard Drives
(Reuters) – The U.S. National Security Agency has figured out how to hide spying software deep within hard drives made by Western Digital, Seagate, Toshiba and other top manufacturers, giving the agency the means to eavesdrop on the majority of the world’s computers, according to cyber researchers and former operatives.
That long-sought and closely guarded ability was part of a cluster of spying programs discovered by Kaspersky Lab, the Moscow-based security software maker that has exposed a series of Western cyberespionage operations.
Kaspersky said it found personal computers in 30 countries infected with one or more of the spying programs, with the most infections seen in Iran, followed by Russia, Pakistan,Afghanistan, China, Mali, Syria, Yemen and Algeria. The targets included government and military institutions, telecommunication companies, banks, energy companies, nuclear researchers, media, and Islamic activists, Kaspersky said. (reut.rs/1L5knm0)
NSA gathers 200 million text messages daily, Snowden leak says
MOSCOW — The familiar voice on the hotel room phone did not waste words.
“What time does your clock say, exactly?” he asked.
He checked the reply against his watch and described a place to meet.
“I’ll see you there,” he said.
Edward Joseph Snowden emerged at the appointed hour, alone, blending into a light crowd of locals and tourists. He cocked his arm for a handshake, then turned his shoulder to indicate a path. Before long he had guided his visitor to a secure space out of public view.
During more than 14 hours of interviews, the first he has conducted in person sincearriving here in June, Snowden did not part the curtains or step outside. Russia granted him temporary asylum on Aug. 1, but Snowden remains a target of surpassing interest to the intelligence services whose secrets he spilled on an epic scale.
Late this spring, Snowden supplied three journalists, including this one, with caches of top-secret documents from the National Security Agency, where he worked as a contractor. Dozens of revelations followed, and then hundreds, as news organizations around the world picked up the story. Congress pressed for explanations, new evidence revived old lawsuits and the Obama administration was obliged to declassify thousands of pages it had fought for years to conceal.
Just weeks after Russia granted former NSA systems analyst Edward Snowden asylum, his lawyer Anatoly Kucherena says his client was offered a job as technical support for a Russian website.
Snowden was made a pariah in the U.S. after he revealed information uncovering a mass surveillance scheme at the National Security Agency which included mined phone and internet data from thousands of people and exposed programs to the media.
Snowden faces espionage and theft of government property charges in the U.S. and Obama has since given Russia the cold shoulder including his cancellation of a visit to Moscow in September that was believed to be “Snowden-related”.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has rejected U.S. demands to send Snowden home for trial, and his asylum was granted in August and can be renewed annually.
Since the revelations, media has treated Snowden as a both a whistleblower and a security threat, saying that while his leaks ‘outed’ the NSA’s scandalous spying, they also harmed national security.
Kucherena informed CNN Thursday that Snowden will start his job Friday. While Kucherena would not give the name of Snowden’s new employer for security reasons, he did say that his client would perform maintenance for a major Russian website, according to RIA Novosti.