F-Secure's Mikko Hypponen has shared several interesting slides from a presentation that displays the wide range of capabilities offered by the FinFisher commercial spyware toolkit.
Leaked by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden and analyzed by The Washington Post reporters, the summary of the $52.6 billion US National Intelligence Program budget for the 2013 fiscal year reveals that, among other things: the CIA requested almost double the funding than the NSAthese two agencies have "begun aggressive new efforts to hack into foreign computer networks to steal information or sabotage enemy systems"the US intelligence community was worried about insiders leaking confidential information even before the Snowden incident, and that they planned to investigate some 4,000 employees and contractors that have been given high-level security clearancesthe five mission objectives of the US intelligence community are to combat terrorism, warn US leaders about critical events, stop the spread of illicit weapons, conduct cyber operations, and defend against foreign espionage."The documents make clear that U.S.
Many things have been unveiled by the documents leaked by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, but the question of how he managed to extract them from the agency's internal network without triggering any alarms is still unanswered.
The NSA has actively spied on United Nations' officials and personnel after managing to compromise the encryption of the organization's internal video conferencing system, German investigative magazine Der Spiegel reported on Sunday.
A (redacted) FISA court opinion released yesterday by the US government has shown that in 2011, a judge of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) found that for three years, the NSA has been annually siphoning "tens of thousands of wholly domestic communications, and tens of thousands of non-target communications of persons who have little or no relationship to the target but who are protected under the Fourth Amendment." Judge John Bates, who was at the time the chief judge of the FISC, has marked that "the Court is troubled that the government's revelations regarding the NSA's acquisition of internet transactions mark the third instance in less than three years in which the government has disclosed a substantial misrepresentation regarding the scope of a major collection program." He also pointed out that NSA agents have repeatedly misrepresented the volume and nature of the information it has been collecting, that the NSA's "minimization procedures" do not meet set requirements with respect to retention, and that its targeting and minimization procedures are inconsistent with the requirements of the Fourth Amendment.
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