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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
Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:
Obama urges the end of the “dual hat” arrangement where US Cyber Command and NSA are led by the same person   —  With weeks to go in his tenure, President Obama on Friday moved to end the controversial “dual-hat” arrangement under which the National Security Agency …
Dec 27, 2016, 4:00 PMIn context
Andy Greenberg / Wired:
150 prominent filmmakers sign an open letter to major camera makers, including Canon, Nikon, Sony, and others, asking for default storage encryption   —  In the summer of 2013, when documentary filmmaker Laura Poitras was shooting a still-secret NSA leaker named Edward Snowden in a Hong Kong hotel room, she took security seriously.
Dec 14, 2016, 1:00 PMIn context
The Intercept:
Snowden doc from 2012 reveals NSA, GCHQ intercepted data from GSM mobile phones on flights, in regions covered by UK telco Inmarsat: Africa, Middle East, Europe   —  In the trove of documents provided by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden is a treasure.
Dec 7, 2016, 2:10 PMIn context
Chris Strohm / Bloomberg:
Trump's picks for AG Jeff Sessions and CIA director Mike Pompeo are leading domestic surveillance advocates, may reverse curbs imposed after Snowden revelations   —  Attorney general, CIA picks oppose Apple, Google on spying  —  New rule in effect Dec. 1 gives FBI greater hacking authority
Nov 30, 2016, 8:10 AMIn context
Spencer Ackerman / The Guardian:
US Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, known for combatting Edward Snowden, resigns ahead of Donald Trump's inauguration   —  Clapper will stay on until end of Obama administration, marking end to turbulent tenure defined by Snowden's revelations of NSA surveillance
Nov 17, 2016, 12:35 PMIn context

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