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Bruce Schneier / The Atlantic:
Educated guesses on who the Shadow Brokers are and how they acquired their NSA exploits   —  In 2013, a mysterious group of hackers that calls itself the Shadow Brokers stole a few disks full of National Security Agency secrets.  Since last summer, they've been dumping these secrets on the internet.
May 27, 2017, 9:50 PMIn context
Jonathan Stempel / Reuters:
US appeals court rules that Wikipedia can pursue its NSA surveillance lawsuit, after a judge dismissed it in 2015   —  A federal appeals court on Tuesday revived a Wikipedia lawsuit that challenges a U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) program of mass online surveillance …
May 23, 2017, 1:40 PMIn context
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
Researchers say EternalBlue, the NSA exploit used in WannaCry, was used in an earlier and possibly larger-scale hack, to install Adylkuzz cryptocurrency miner   —  Campaign that flew under the radar used hacked computers to mine Monero currency.  —  On Friday, ransomware called WannaCry …
May 17, 2017, 8:35 AMIn context
Lily Hay Newman / Wired:
Hackers are using EternalBlue vulnerability discovered by NSA and an exploit released by Shadow Brokers to infect unpatched Windows computers with WannaCry   —  A new strain of ransomware has spread quickly all over the world, causing crisis in National Health Service hospitals and facilities around England …
May 12, 2017, 3:15 PMIn context
TechCrunch:
Former NSA director Michael Hayden explains why the spy agency will stop collecting Americans' emails about foreign targets   —  Earlier today, the NSA announced its intentions to limit a surveillance technique that had a nasty side effect of sweeping up communications to and from Americans.
Apr 30, 2017, 11:15 AMIn context
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
NSA halts “about the target” collection, which picked up Americans' messages to and from people overseas that mentioned foreigners targeted for surveillance   —  WASHINGTON — The National Security Agency is stopping one of the most disputed forms of its warrantless surveillance program …
Apr 28, 2017, 1:45 PMIn context
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

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