Archive for the ‘NSA’ Category

Kaspersky blew whistle on NSA hacking tool hoarder

January 9th, 2019
NSA got a message from Kaspersky that one of its own was being very, very bad, according to a new Politico report.

Enlarge / NSA got a message from Kaspersky that one of its own was being very, very bad, according to a new Politico report.

Harold T. Martin III, a former government contractor, is still facing trial for the alleged theft of massive amounts of National Security Agency data, including documents and tools from the NSA's Tailored Access Operations Division. Now, a new report by Kim Zetter for Politico suggests that the NSA and the Justice Department tracked down Martin thanks to information shared by an ironic source: the Moscow-based malware protection company Kaspersky Lab. Citing two anonymous sources familiar with the investigation, Zetter reports that Kaspersky Lab employees passed information on Martin to the US government after he sent unusual direct messages via Twitter to the company in 2016.

Kaspersky passed the US government five messages from an anonymous Twitter account named @HAL999999999 to two researchers at the company. The first message, sent August 15, 2016, requested that a researcher facilitate a conversation with "Yevgeny," the given name of Kaspersky Lab founder and CEO Eugene Kaspersky. "So, figure out how we talk... With Yevgeny present," the message read. The second message: "Shelf life, three weeks."

The messages came just 30 minutes before someone calling themselves Shadow Brokers dumped a link to a collection of NSA tools in a Tumblr post and announced additional tools would be auctioned off for 1 million Bitcoin.

Read 3 remaining paragraphs | Comments

Posted in Biz & IT, harold martin, Kaspersky, Kaspersky Lab, NSA, Policy, shadow brokers. national security agency | Comments (0)

NSA to release its GHIDRA reverse engineering tool for free

January 7th, 2019
The United States' National Security Agency (NSA) is planning to release its internally developed reverse engineering tool for free at the upcoming RSA security conference 2019 that will be held in March in San Francisco. The existence of the framework, dubbed GHIDRA, was first publicly revealed by WikiLeaks in CIA Vault 7 leaks, but the tool once again came to light after Senior NSA Adviser

Posted in assembly language, cyber security, cyber security tools, hacking news, hacking tool, Malware analysis, NSA, Reverse-engineering | Comments (0)

The Snowden Legacy, part one: What’s changed, really?

November 21st, 2018
Remember this guy?

Enlarge / Remember this guy? (credit: Pardon Snowden)

Digital privacy has come a long way since June 2013. In the five years since documents provided by Edward Snowden became the basis for a series of revelations that tore away a veil of secrecy around broad surveillance programs run by the National Security Agency, there have been shifts in both technology and policy that have changed the center of gravity for personal electronic privacy in the United States and around the world. Sadly, not all of the changes have been positive. And Snowden's true legacy is a lot more complicated than his admirers (or his critics) will admit.

Starting with that first article published by the Guardian that revealed a National Security Agency program gathering millions of phone records from Verizon—which gave the agency access to metadata about phone calls placed by or received by everyone in America—the Snowden leaks exposed the inner workings of the NSA's biggest signals intelligence programs. Coming to light next was the PRISM program, which allowed the NSA, via the FBI, to gain access directly to customer data from nine Internet companies without notifying the customers. And then came Boundless Informant, a tool for visualizing the amount of signals intelligence being collected from each country in the world. By the time the Snowden cache had been largely mined out, hundreds of files—ranging from PowerPoint presentations to dumps of Internal Wikis and Web discussion boards—had been reviewed and revealed by journalists.

"Thanks to Snowden's disclosures, people worldwide were able to engage in an extraordinary and unprecedented debate about government surveillance," the American Civil Liberties Union declared on the fifth anniversary of the Guardian article.

Read 49 remaining paragraphs | Comments

Posted in Biz & IT, bulk surveillance, CIA, Edward Snowden, Features, FISA, Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, National Security Agency, NSA, Policy, Prism, Section 215, Section 702, XKeyscore | Comments (0)

Secret Charges Against Julian Assange Revealed Due to “Cut-Paste” Error

November 16th, 2018
Has Wikileaks founder Julian Assange officially been charged with any unspecified criminal offense in the United States? — YES United States prosecutors have accidentally revealed the existence of criminal charges against Wikileaks founder Julian Assange in a recently unsealed court filing in an unrelated ongoing sex crime case in the Eastern District of Virginia. Assistant US Attorney Kellen

Posted in Cyber Attack, cyber law, data leaked, FBI, Julian Assange, national security, NSA, United States, Whistleblower, WikiLeaks | Comments (0)