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Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
Kaspersky Labs releases a more detailed report on how it obtained NSA-linked Equation Group source code in 2014   —  Moscow-based AV provider challenges claims it helped Russian spies.  —  For almost two months in 2014, servers belonging to Moscow-based Kaspersky Lab received confidential …
Nov 16, 2017, 11:40 AMIn context
New York Times:
Inside NSA's Tailored Access Operations group and the investigation into Shadow Brokers, whose hack of NSA now considered much more damaging than Snowden leak   —  A serial leak of the agency's cyberweapons has damaged morale, slowed intelligence operations and resulted in hacking attacks on businesses and civilians worldwide.
Nov 12, 2017, 5:20 PMIn context
Charlie Osborne / ZDNet:
Kaspersky says it briefly obtained archive of NSA-linked Equation Group source code after scanning an infected PC in 2014; PC likely belonged to NSA contractor   —  Apparently, a pirate download of Microsoft Office could be the root of all the trouble.  —  Kaspersky has acknowledged …
Oct 25, 2017, 12:38 PMIn context
Katie Bo Williams / The Hill:
Bipartisan bill unveiled to reform NSA's warrantless surveillance program and reauthorize it for four years, adding more privacy and oversight protections   —  A group of 11 senators on Tuesday unveiled a proposal to substantially reform the National Security Agency's warrantless surveillance program …
Oct 24, 2017, 3:31 PMIn context
Kim Zetter / The Intercept:
How Russian hackers could have used Kaspersky's “silent signatures” method for detecting and analyzing malware to steal NSA docs without Kaspersky's knowledge   —  Kaspersky Lab has come under intense scrutiny after its antivirus software was linked to the breach …
Oct 22, 2017, 1:35 AMIn context
New York Times:
Sources: after hacking Kaspersky's network in 2014, Israel told NSA that it found Russian spies using Kaspersky software to search for US intel docs   —  It was a case of spies watching spies watching spies: Israeli intelligence officers looked on in real time as Russian government hackers …
Oct 10, 2017, 10:50 PMIn context
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
Analysis: what we know and do not know about Kaspersky Lab's alleged involvement in NSA contractor's laptop hack   —  The Wall Street Journal just published an incendiary article that says hackers working for the Russian government stole confidential material from an NSA contractor's home computer.
Oct 5, 2017, 9:20 PMIn context
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: hackers stole NSA data on US offensive and defensive cyber capabilities from a contractor's laptop in 2015, likely via Kaspersky software   —  The breach, considered the most serious in years, could enable Russia to evade NSA surveillance and more easily infiltrate U.S. networks
Oct 5, 2017, 1:22 PMIn context
Zack Whittaker / ZDNet:
Ex-NSA hacker and security researcher at Synack reveals macOS zero-day flaw that exposes Keychain contents to exfiltration by apps, demos it in High Sierra   —  The vulnerability lets an attacker steal the contents of a Keychain — without needing a password.
Sep 25, 2017, 2:57 PMIn context
Joseph Menn / Reuters:
Interviews and emails show NSA backed down on two encryption techniques, Simon and Speck, it wanted as global standards amid experts' concerns and lack of trust   —  SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - An international group of cryptography experts has forced the U.S. National Security Agency …
Sep 21, 2017, 2:00 PMIn context

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