National Security Agency

Can data science save social media?

The unfettered internet is too often used for malicious purposes and is frequently woefully inaccurate. Social media -- especially Facebook -- has failed miserably at protecting user privacy and block

A Google security chief considers the NSA a state-sponsored threat

Today at TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2017 Google’s Manager of Information Security Heather Adkins sat down for a fireside chat. Among the varying topics discussed, she spoke about what’s like to

Trump approves Obama-era plan for a more independent US Cyber Command

President Trump has given the go-ahead for a plan dating from the Obama administration to elevate US Cyber Command to the level of Unified Combatant Command, giving it more operational independence fr

After WannaCry, ex-NSA director defends agencies holding exploits

General Keith Alexander has warned there will be more ransomware attacks this year, and urged industry to work with government to try to defend against global cyber threats.

Microsoft’s response to widespread cyberattacks may make you WannaCry

Microsoft's president and chief legal officer Brad Smith took to the company's website to give a post mortem on the lessons that need to be learned from the global hack that crippled businesses and go

With the war far from over, privacy activists cautiously celebrate a battle won

After the NSA’s surprise announcement that it would pull back on a contentious surveillance tactic, privacy advocates found themselves in a strange place in 2017: They’d actually won a thi

General Keith Alexander is coming to Disrupt NY

As the longest-serving director of the National Security Agency, Gen. Keith Alexander certainly knows a thing or two about cybersecurity and the threats companies face from sophisticated nation-state

The Shadow Brokers are back with exploits for Windows and global banking systems

It’s been several months since their last major exploit, but the hacking group dubbed Shadow Brokers is back. The group, which last year dumped malware it had allegedly stolen from The Equation

Alleged NSA hack group Shadow Brokers releases new trove of exploits

Shadow Brokers, the group behind last year's release of hacking exploits used by the National Security Agency, has dropped another trove of files. In a Medium post today, the hacker group offered up a

FBI director fact-checks Trump’s tweets

A Congressional committee is grilling FBI director James Comey and NSA chief Admiral Mike Rogers on a Russian-led cyber campaign to influence the 2016 election, but representatives' questions have vee

Russia extends Snowden’s temporary residency for ‘few more years’

NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden has had his temporary right to remain in Russia extended, according to a Russian foreign ministry spokeswoman.

Sources: Amazon quietly acquired AI security startup harvest.ai for around $20M

Amazon's AWS cloud services division quietly acquired cyber security firm harvest.ai last year, TechCrunch has learned.

Intel report on hacking says Russian interference with US election was ‘boldest yet’

Today the U.S. intelligence community released a report claiming that the Russian government was behind hacks of American political organizations during the 2016 election cycle and that the hackers a

Shadow Brokers post list of compromised IP addresses

Last night, after several months of relative quiet, a hacking group calling itself the Shadow Brokers posted new data purportedly stolen from the NSA. The group’s last leak in August included m

NSA contractor arrested for theft of six classified documents

A National Security Agency contractor was arrested in August for the theft of classified material, which reportedly contained hacking codes for government systems in Russia, China, North Korea and Ir

Ashton Carter talks Equation Group hack, encryption debate and military innovation at Disrupt SF

U.S. Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter argued the case for splitting up the leadership of the National Security Agency and U.S. Cyber Command on stage at Disrupt SF, while stressing, “We haven

Snowden docs link NSA to Equation Group hackers

A group calling itself the ShadowBrokers dumped data online last weekend that it claimed to have stolen from a hacking team widely believed to be linked to the NSA. The data contained vulnerabilities

Cisco and Fortinet say vulnerabilities disclosed in ‘NSA hack’ are legit

A group calling itself the Shadow Brokers dumped data online this weekend that it claimed to have stolen from the Equation Group, a hacking team widely believed to be associated with the NSA. Firewall

Everything you need to know about the NSA hack (but were afraid to Google)

In what Edward Snowden deems "not unprecedented" hackers calling themselves the Shadow Brokers have collected NSA-created malware from a staging server run by the Equation Group, an internal hacking

Digital toxic waste (or why metadata shouldn’t live forever)

Despite increasing privacy concerns the tech industry continues to collect and store massive amounts of metadata associated with every digital transaction. These extensive historical accounts of perso
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