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NSA project working towards encryption-breaking quantum computer, reveals Snowden doc

NSA project working towards encryption-breaking quantum computer, reveals Snowden doc

According to documents leaked by Edward Snowden, the NSA dreams of a quantum computer that can break nearly every type of encryption -- one it is working towards (in part, at least) via a program called Penetrating Hard Targets, a $79.7 million project. The NSA isn't the only entity working on making a quantum computer reality, and such technologies would have widespread benefits beyond the cryptographically-oriented industry and various spy games.

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Apple denies opening NSA backdoor to iPhone

Apple denies opening NSA backdoor to iPhone

Apple has denied collaborating with the NSA to add a snooping backdoor to the iPhone, insisting that despite allegations that the DROPOUTJEEP program could access large swathes of iPhone content without the user realizing, it is unaware of any such exploit. New leaks from NSA documents acquired by whistleblower Edward Snowden led to claims earlier this week that the NSA had a tool that could access data like text messages, location, and more with "100-percent success," something Apple strongly denies either facilitating or, indeed, knowing was in operation.

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NSA seizes full control of targeted iPhones via DROPOUTJEEP malware

NSA seizes full control of targeted iPhones via DROPOUTJEEP malware

The NSA developed in 2008 a software program for iPhones that can selectively and stealthily deliver data from iPhones to the NSA. The program is called DROPOUTJEEP. News of the malware is the latest to come out of the ongoing Snowden document media bonanza.

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NSA catalog lets agents deliver cloned hardware to targets

NSA catalog lets agents deliver cloned hardware to targets

A new examination of the seemingly bottomless well of Snowden documents describes an internal NSA catalog of dead ringers for consumer hardware that the NSA can deploy on unsuspecting targets' systems. For example, when a target orders a new hard drive, router, monitor cable, or USB plug online, the NSA can intercept the order and send a bugged clone, which the target would then install by his own volition. The catalog includes hardware by Seagate, Samsung, Cisco, Huawei, Dell and many others.

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NSA phone surveillance ruled legal by NY judge [UPDATE]

NSA phone surveillance ruled legal by NY judge [UPDATE]

In a ruling on federal phone-tracking this week a U.S. District Judge based in New York has ruled that the NSA’s actions thus far have been legal. Judge William Pauley sent a ruling on Friday, the 27th of December, saying the NSA program “represents the government’s counter-punch” in efforts to eliminate al-Qaida network efforts. This ruling dismisses a lawsuit brought on by the American Civil Liberties Union.

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McAfee and Bletchley Park under fire over cyber security Snowden snub

McAfee and Bletchley Park under fire over cyber security Snowden snub

Attempts to edit Edward Snowden out of cyber security history have prompted fierce debate about the role played by the NSA whistleblower, after famed spy museum Bletchley Park opted not to include the 2013 revelations and his role in them in a new exhibit. Bletchley Park, today a museum but formerly the clandestine UK site where Alan Turing and others cracked the Nazi's Enigma code and arguably turned the fate of the Second World War, has courted controversy by electing to omit Snowden's part in digital security in a new gallery, out of concerns that doing so might be interpreted as condoning his leaks.

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Snowden’s “Alternative Christmas Message”: Why privacy matters [TRANSCRIPT]

Snowden’s “Alternative Christmas Message”: Why privacy matters [TRANSCRIPT]

Edward Snowden has recorded this year's "Alternative Christmas Message" for Great Britain's Channel 4. The video is brief -- lasting just 1:43 -- with Snowden directly addressing "you and your family" about the state of mass surveillance and the reasons for why privacy matters now and in the future. We've transcribed the recording for your convenience below.

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RSA speaker Mikko Hypponen cancels talk in protest

RSA speaker Mikko Hypponen cancels talk in protest

This has been a bad week for RSA after insiders announced that the NSA had paid the company $10 million. The payment was allegedly to make a random number generator favored by the NSA, and presumably easier to crack, the default choice in the BSAFE encryption tool. RSA has denies these allegations and continues to do so. Some believe RSA, but others aren’t so trusting.

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RSA denies NSA collusion over backdoor code access

RSA denies NSA collusion over backdoor code access

Security firm RSA has categorically denied colluding with the US National Security Agency (NSA) after allegations that the company accepted $10m of government cash in order to make compromised code its default. Reports late last week suggested RSA had been paid by the NSA to adopt a random number generator that the agency had purposefully left backdoor access to, something the company strenuously denies.

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US Director of National Intelligence acknowledges NSA mass surveillance

US Director of National Intelligence acknowledges NSA mass surveillance

The United States Director of National Intelligence has publicly acknowledged -- for the first time -- the existence of National Security Agency (NSA) mass surveillance programs dating back to 2001. The admission comes by way of court documents filed in two separate cases involving the NSA. The documents were posted to the office's website this weekend.

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NSA and GCHQ targeted 1,000 allied individuals: latest Snowden drop

NSA and GCHQ targeted 1,000 allied individuals: latest Snowden drop

The latest installment of the ongoing slow release of the whistleblower Edward Snowden's cache of 1.7 million stolen NSA documents has revealed over 1,000 targets of the NSA's and GCHQ's international spying efforts between 2008 and 2011. The targets include high-ranking officials in allied nations, economic regulatory bodies, humanitarian aid agencies, and -- seemingly as an afterthought -- individuals being watched for hypothesized ties to terrorism. These particular documents were reported Friday by the American newspaper New York Times, Britain's the Guardian and Germany's Der Spiegel.

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NSA paid RSA millions for backdoor access allege insiders

NSA paid RSA millions for backdoor access allege insiders

The US National Security Agency (NSA) allegedly paid security firm RSA $10m to open a secret back door into encryption products, new reports from documents obtained from whistleblower Edward Snowden suggest. Earlier leaks had revealed that the NSA created a flawed random number generation system, Dual Elliptic Curve, which RSA used in its Bsafe security tool; now, Reuters reports, the government agency paid RSA to ensure that its formula was set as the default system in Bsafe, making it more likely that the NSA would be able to quietly access systems and documents users thought secured.

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