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William Alden / BuzzFeed:
Sources: after performing some pilot work, Palantir never signed full-fledged contract with NSA; Palantir CEO called CIA “recalcitrant” in 2015 staff meeting   —  Palantir Technologies, the Silicon Valley data company co-founded by billionaire investor Peter Thiel …
Apr 21, 2017, 5:05 PMIn context
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft says Windows exploits disclosed by Shadow Brokers have been patched on all currently supported versions of Windows   —  Microsoft says it has already patched the Windows exploits released by the Shadow Brokers group.  The hacking tools, likely originating from the NSA …
Apr 15, 2017, 9:50 AMIn context
Andy Greenberg / Wired:
Latest Shadow Brokers dump includes evidence NSA hacked SWIFT transaction system in the Middle East, has new exploits for older Windows versions up to Windows 8   —  For eight months, the hacker group known as Shadow Brokers has trickled out an intermittent drip of highly classified NSA data.
Apr 14, 2017, 3:35 PMIn context
Ron Miller / TechCrunch:
Security startup Synack, founded by former NSA analysts, raises $21.25M Series C led by Microsoft Ventures   —  Synack, a startup that combines software security tools with a network of white-hat hackers to help keep its customers secure, announced a $21.25 million Series C funding round today.
Apr 11, 2017, 12:25 PMIn context
Greg Otto / Cyberscoop:
Months after failing to sell NSA hacking tools, The Shadow Brokers hacking group publicly releases the alleged exploits   —  The Shadow Brokers, the mysterious group linked to exploits stolen from the National Security Agency, released a large catalog of files Saturday that give further insight …
Apr 8, 2017, 4:40 PMIn context
Sam Biddle / The Intercept:
Leaked documents show how Palantir's tools for analyzing big data, made with help from staffers of intelligence agencies, became integral to NSA, GCHQ, others   —  Donald Trump has inherited the most powerful machine for spying ever devised.  How this petty, vengeful man might wield and expand …
Feb 22, 2017, 1:15 PMIn context
Dustin Volz / Reuters:
NSA contractor Harold Martin faces 20 criminal counts in connection with theft of 50TB+ of data, the largest theft of classified government information ever   —  A former National Security Agency contractor was indicted on Wednesday by a federal grand jury on charges he willfully retained …
Feb 8, 2017, 8:10 PMIn context
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
After failing to get 10K bitcoins for stolen NSA exploits, Shadow Brokers post farewell message, dump a cache of Windows hacking tools online   —  With 8 days before inauguration of Donald Trump, leak is sure to inflame US officials.  —  Shadow Brokers, the mysterious group …
Jan 13, 2017, 4:10 PMIn context
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
New rules allow National Security Agency to share raw intercepted communications with other 16 US intelligence agencies before applying privacy protections   —  WASHINGTON — In its final days, the Obama administration has expanded the power of the National Security Agency …
Jan 12, 2017, 12:30 PMIn context
TechCrunch:
Sources: Amazon's AWS cloud division quietly acquires AI security startup harvest.ai for around $20M   —  Amazon Web Services appears to be ramping up its security chops.  TechCrunch has learned that the e-commerce giant's cloud services group has quietly acquired cyber security firm harvest.ai.
Jan 9, 2017, 1:20 PMIn context

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