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US Marines tells troops to ‘check online footprint’ after ISIS ‘hit list’ goes online — RT USA

“Vigilance and force protection considerations remain a priority for commanders and their personnel,” US Marine Corps Lieutenant Colonel John Caldwell said in a statement.”It is recommended Marines and family members check their online/social footprint, ensuring privacy settings are adjusted to limit the amount of available personal information.”According to the monitoring group SITE Intelligence, which has […]

UK Police Deem Snowden Leak Investigation a State Secret – The Intercept

The Met said the information requested may have been “supplied by, or concerning, certain security bodies” that don’t have to abide by normal transparency requirements, such as the secretive surveillance agency Government Communications Headquarters, or GCHQ. The Met also claimed that it “would not be in the public interest” to reveal basic information about the […]

The Folly of Data Retention: A Fool’s Paradise in Australia

The Australian angle on this is characteristically buffoonish, finding shape in the National Data Retention Regime. It demands that telcos and internet service providers retain data for a designated period of time – at this point two years – to be made readily available for law enforcement authorities to dip into. The drafters seem oblivious […]

Secret Service Flying Night Drones Over Washington / Sputnik International

The drones are being flown in Washington during the overnight hours, but the Secret Service wouldn’t say where in the city exactly, nor would they provide any other details, such as for how long they would be flying around and how many drones they would use, saying the entire operation is classified. The Federal Aviation Administration recently unveiled proposals on regulating small […]

PressTV-UK report reveals mass illegal spying

“What this report demonstrates is that the investigating committee is more or less a mouthpiece for our spies. But they said something which is extraordinary stupid to me. They have said: “Because our intelligence agencies collect a vast amount of data but only see and read a small fraction. That does not constitute mass surveillance”.  […]

Beyond Drones: The Next-Generation of Autonomous Weapons Cannot be Developed in Secrecy | Just Security

It’s no secret that the United States and other nations are pouring billions of dollars into developing lethal robots capable of making their own targeting decisions that operate everywhere from aircraft carriers to land and under the oceans. These machines have been developed in conjunction with a suite of top-secret digital weapons and intelligence gathering tools that do everything from turn domestic […]

Company Asks Cops to Keep Use of License Plate Trackers Secret | American Civil Liberties Union

The demand that cops don’t discuss surveillance technology with members of the media absent Vigilant’s permission likely can’t be obeyed by officials unless they want to risk running afoul of open records laws, which don’t provide an exemption for records corporations would like to keep secret from the public.But the demand is indicative of a […]

On the blacklist: how did the UK’s top building firms get secret information on their workers? | UK news | The Guardian

For 16 years the Consulting Association compiled a secret database on thousands of construction workers. The files in this shabby two-room office had names, addresses and National Insurance numbers, comments by managers, newspaper clippings. The organisation acted as a covert vetting service funded by the industry. When people applied for work on building sites, senior […]

WordPress Sites Vulnerable to Plugin-Related SQL Attacks | Threatpost | The first stop for security news

The key was really a hashed version of the plugin’s installation timestamp, according to Montpas, and to determine it, all an attacker would have to do is go to a site that caches information about when sites were started, like the Internet Archive. This narrows values down considerably and once an attacker has secured the […]

Gemalto Doesn’t Know What It Doesn’t Know – The Intercept

Gemalto, which is the largest manufacturer of SIM cards in the world, launched an internal investigation after The Intercept six days ago revealed that the NSA and its British counterpart GCHQ hacked the company and cyberstalked its employees. In the secret documents, provided by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, the intelligence agencies described a successful effort […]

Who is responsible for death threats from a Twitter bot?

So who is responsible? I can’t claim familiarity with Dutch law (although I’m assuming tulips have special rights), but I’ve argued before that in the United States the First Amendment protection of free speech extends to robots—including bots. It would be unconstitutional for American police to require van der Goot to shut down the bot […]

Equation Group: NSA-linked spying team have software to hack into any computer – News – Gadgets and Tech – The Independent

The group’s tools are complicated and expensive to develop, the report said. They are used to infect victims and steal their data, and are developed to go unnoticed.Most of the tools are Trojans, which are implanted secretly on users’ computers and then give the group access to them.Once a drive is infected, the only way […]

NSA secretly uses scapegoats, data mules and innocent victims’ PCs for botnets | Computerworld

As for digital war strategy phases, surveillance is apparently so common that the NSA doesn’t even rank it above “Phase 0.” After Phase 0 detects vulnerabilities, “stealthy implants” are used to infiltrate enemy systems and allow for “Phase Three” or “permanent access.” We previously looked at the NSA’s ANT catalog, which contains exploits the NSA […]

Lizard Squad’s DDoS Website Gets Hacked, Database Leaked – Cyber Kendra – Latest Hacking News And Tech News

On the list of the attacked site, one was of Security blogger Brian Krebs. After the attack, Krebs started digging and investigating over the attack. Krebs mention that the Lizard Squad DDos tool called Lizard Stresser relied on a vast network of compromised home routers. Krebs reports that an unknown individual had managed to hacked […]

Symantec Uncovers Sophisticated, Stealthy Computer Spying Tool – The Constantine Report

The research, published today, comes from the same team at Symantec that four years ago helped discover and ferret out the capabilities of Stuxnet, the world’s first digital weapon. It is believed to have been created by the combined efforts of the U.S. and Israel and used to sabotage the Iranian nuclear research program.The team […]

Swiss Government forced to reveal destinations, cost of surveillance exports | Privacy International

The decision by the Federal Information and Data Protection Commissioner comes on the heels of consistent pressure from Privacy International, Swiss journalists, and several Members of Parliament on policymakers, government officials, and companies in Switzerland over the past year and a half. The commissioner’s decision was the result of a FOI challenge filed against the […]

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