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The Intercept:
Snowden docs shed light on NSA's BLARNEY initiative that leverages “commercial partnerships” for spying; AT&T has surveillance equipment in at least 59 US sites   —  They called it Project X. It was an unusually audacious, highly sensitive assignment: to build a massive skyscraper …
Nov 16, 2016, 4:35 PMIn context
Jenna McLaughlin / The Intercept:
Sources shed light on how Dubai-based surveillance firm DarkMatter is helping the UAE government track, locate, and hack its citizens   —  n July, Simone Margaritelli, an Italian security researcher, boarded a Boeing 777 in Rome headed for Dubai, a city now billing itself as a tech startup hub.
Oct 29, 2016, 7:05 AMIn context
Sam Biddle / The Intercept:
Government directive to Yahoo likely asked for warrantless scanning of all domestic comms; EFF lawyer says 4th Amendment implications are staggering   —  There's no good reason to have a Yahoo account these days.  But after Tuesday's bombshell report by Reuters, indicating the enormous …
Oct 4, 2016, 5:15 PMIn context
Sam Biddle / The Intercept:
Leaked document: Apple records some metadata related to whom you're trying to contact on iMessage, including your IP address, and stores it for 30 days   —  Apple promises that your iMessage conversations are safe and out of reach from anyone other than you and your friends.
Sep 28, 2016, 2:00 PMIn context
Sam Biddle / The Intercept:
About 200 pages of unredacted Stingray user manuals show how accessible mass surveillance is, show features like degrading connections for uninterrupted spying   —  Harris Corp.'s Stingray surveillance device has been one of the most closely-guarded secrets in law enforcement for more than 15 years.
Sep 12, 2016, 3:15 PMIn context
Sam Biddle / The Intercept:
Previously unreleased Snowden documents confirm ShadowBrokers leak contains authentic NSA software that was used to attack systems in Pakistan and Lebanon   —  On Monday, a hacking group calling itself the “ShadowBrokers” announced an auction for what it claimed were “cyber weapons” made by the NSA.
Aug 19, 2016, 9:55 AMIn context
The Intercept:
New Zealand intel requested and received emails, Facebook chats of Fiji pro-democracy activists from NSA; first publicly confirmed PRISM target is a NZ citizen   —  Tony Fullman is a middle-aged former tax man and a pro-democracy activist.  But four years ago, a botched operation launched …
Aug 14, 2016, 11:45 PMIn context
Kim Zetter / The Intercept:
Sarah and Peiter “Mudge” Zatko create Cyber Independent Testing Lab to test and score the security of software   —  At the Black Hat cybersecurity conference in 2014, industry luminary Dan Geer, fed up with the prevalence of vulnerabilities in digital code, made a modest proposal …
Jul 30, 2016, 4:35 PMIn context
Peter Maass / The Intercept:
Former NSA hacker and author of memos leaked by Snowden including “I Hunt Sysadmins” talks about his work for the agency   —  he message arrived at night and consisted of three words: “Good evening sir!”  —  The sender was a hacker who had written a series of provocative memos at the National Security Agency.
Jul 3, 2016, 8:50 AMIn context
The Intercept:
FBI has consistently asked companies for more info via NSLs than they are obligated to give, and some firms without legal expertise have complied   —  The Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Department of Justice, and technology and Internet companies have been waging a little-known war …
Jun 21, 2016, 2:50 PMIn context

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