Archiv: (electronic) espionage


19.10.2021 - 07:24 [ theRegister.com ]

EU and US seek ‚common principles‘ for data governance and AI

(30.09.2021)

Launched by president Joe Biden, European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen, and European Council president Charles Michel at the U.S.-EU Summit in June 2021, the Council held its first meeting yesterday.

At the meeting, the United States and European Union decided to closely coordinate on an expansive set of critical economic and technology issues over the coming months and achieve concrete outcomes by the next meeting. These include joint work on the semi-conductor supply chain and Artificial Intelligence, as well as data governance, the joint statement said.

19.10.2021 - 07:15 [ techcrunch.com ]

ProtonMail, Threema, Tresorit and Tutanota warn EU lawmakers over ‘anti-encryption’ push

(27.01.2021)

Four European apps which secure user data via end-to-end encryption, ProtonMail, Threema, Tresorit and Tutanota, have issued a joint-statement warning over recent moves by EU institutions that they say are setting lawmakers on a dangerous path to backdooring encryption.

End-to-end encryption refers to a form of encryption where the service provider does not hold keys to decrypt the data, thereby enhancing user privacy — as there’s no third party in the loop with the technical capability to access data in a decrypted form.

19.10.2021 - 07:03 [ techcrunch.com ]

On encryption and counter-terrorism, EU lawmakers say they’ll work for ‘lawful’ data access

(09.12.2020)

At the same time, such pressure isn’t exactly new. Albeit, the rule of crypto wars history is the access issue must roll around afresh again and again. And last month a draft resolution from the Council of the European Union triggered a fresh wave of anxiety that an EU ban on e2e encryption might be in the works.

Today’s Commission agenda is unlikely to lay such fears to rest entirely.

Perhaps mostly for its tortured language — with oxymoronical talk of “‘improved access” to encrypted information in a text that’s simultaneously peppered with caveats about “respecting the right to privacy”.

19.10.2021 - 06:54 [ Electronic Frontier Foundation ]

Orders from the Top: The EU’s Timetable for Dismantling End-to-End Encryption

(06.10.2020)

The last few months have seen a steady stream of proposals, encouraged by the advocacy of the FBI and Department of Justice, to provide “lawful access” to end-to-end encrypted services in the United States. Now lobbying has moved from the U.S., where Congress has been largely paralyzed by the nation’s polarization problems, to the European Union—where advocates for anti-encryption laws hope to have a smoother ride. A series of leaked documents from the EU’s highest institutions show a blueprint for how they intend to make that happen, with the apparent intention of presenting anti-encryption law to the European Parliament within the next year.

05.10.2021 - 00:35 [ Middle East Monitor ]

After NSO Group, warning issued against second Israeli spyware firm

(October 4, 2021)

The July report by Citizen’s Lab and Microsoft found that Candiru had been used to spy on more than 100 human rights activists, regime opponents, journalists and scholars from countries such as Iran, Lebanon, Yemen, UK, Turkey and even Israel.

Revelations about Candiru make it the first time that fingers were being pointed at a second Israeli cyber-surveillance company, which is considered a competitor of the NSO Group. The notorious Israeli firm sparked a global scandal in July following the discovery that as many as 50,000 phones were targeted by its Pegasus spyware.

05.10.2021 - 00:24 [ Haaretz ]

Cellphone Hacking and Millions in Gulf Deals: Inner Workings of Top Secret Israeli Cyberattack Firm Revealed

(Sep. 7, 2020)

NSO’s specialty is hacking smartphones. Up till now, little was known about Candiru. TheMarker has revealed that the firm offers hacking tools used to break into computers and servers, and now, for the first time, has confirmed it also has technology for breaking into mobile devices.

05.10.2021 - 00:20 [ Forbes ]

Meet Candiru — The Mysterious Mercenaries Hacking Apple And Microsoft PCs For Profit

(Oct 3, 2019)

Israel is home to scores of hacker-for-hire businesses, but one of the most clandestine has been Candiru. With no website and few records available, it’s operated largely under the radar.

But now a researcher is claiming the elite Tel Aviv-based firm sold cyber weapons to the government of Uzbekistan, while industry sources tell Forbes the company is hacking both Microsoft Windows and Apple Macs for various nation states.

03.10.2021 - 16:39 [ Haaretz ]

Advanced Spyware From Israel’s Candiru Discovered on Russian, Turkish, Palestinian Computers

Spyware made by the Tel Aviv-based hacking tool company Candiru has been found on several computers in Europe and the Middle East, the cybersecurity company ESET reported.

In their September report, ESET wrote that according to research published by Citizen Lab and the Microsoft Threat Intelligence Center in July about Candiru’s DevilsTongue malware, it is „sold to third parties, which can abuse it to spy on various victims, including human rights defenders, dissidents, journalists, activists and politicians.“

22.09.2021 - 14:37 [ inshorts.com ]

FBI spied on Albert Einstein for 22 years until his death

The FBI started spying on renowned German-born scientist Albert Einstein when he moved to America in 1933, shortly before Adolf Hitler rose to power. Agents listened to the physicist’s phone calls and searched his mail and trash, suspecting he was a Soviet spy. The surveillance, totalling 1,800 pages, ended with Einstein’s death on April 18, 1955, with no supporting evidence.

07.09.2021 - 20:13 [ Haaretz ]

Germany’s ‘FBI’ Bought Israeli NSO’s Spyware Despite Knowledge of Rights Abuses, Report Says

It is unclear, however, what oversight was done on the actual usage and in what context the program was used, if at all.

The report, which is likely to cause a stir in Germany, adds that lawmakers are expected to be briefed about it later this week.

07.09.2021 - 20:05 [ Singapore News Live ]

Germany admits police used controversial Pegasus spyware, Europe News & Top Stories

The German government admitted on Tuesday (Sept 7) that its federal police service used controversial Israeli spyware known as Pegasus, parliamentary sources told AFP, drawing immediate criticism from rights groups.

04.09.2021 - 19:46 [ SecurityMagazine.com ]

Disappearing DNS: DoT and DoH, Where one Letter Makes a Great Difference

(February 6, 2020)

While both offer encryption of DNS data using the same TLS protocol, there are some very important differences:

– Protocol layering: while DoT is essentially DNS over TLS, DoH is in fact DNS over HTTP over TLS.
– Different port numbers: DoT traffic uses a dedicated port 853, and can thus be distinguished at the network layer. DoH uses port 443 (HTTPS) due to the protocol layering.
– Different capabilities: DoT is largely the same DNS as we know it, while DoH to an extent combines features of DNS and HTTP.

18.08.2021 - 17:44 [ Standard.co.uk ]

Afghanistan’s president Ashraf Ghani revealed to be in United Arab Emirates after fleeing ‘with helicopter full of cash’

A spokesman for the Russian embassy in Kabul, Nikita Ishchenko, was quoted as saying: “The collapse of the regime…is most eloquently characterised by how Ghani escaped from Afghanistan: four cars were filled with money, they tried to shove another part of the money into a helicopter, but not everything fit.

Asked by the Associated Press about how he knew the details of Ghani’s departure, Mr Ishchenko said “well, we are working here,” without offering any more details.

18.08.2021 - 10:45 [ Glenn Greenwald ]

The U.S. Government Lied For Two Decades About Afghanistan

That is particularly true given how heavily the U.S. had Afghanistan under every conceivable kind of electronic surveillance for more than a decade. A significant portion of the archive provided to me by Edward Snowden detailed the extensive surveillance the NSA had imposed on all of Afghanistan. In accordance with the guidelines he required, we never published most of those documents about U.S. surveillance in Afghanistan on the ground that it could endanger people without adding to the public interest, but some of the reporting gave a glimpse into just how comprehensively monitored the country was by U.S. security services.

23.07.2021 - 06:41 [ Haaretz ]

‘The State’s Right’: Top Court Refuses to Rule on Israeli Sale of Spy Tech to Russia

(26.06.2021)

Israel’s defense exports, including the sale of offensive cyber technologies to foreign countries, and the policy that governs them is beyond the jurisdiction of Israeli courts, the Supreme Court ruled Sunday. The court’s justices refused to hear a petition filed by human right activists against the director of Israel’s Defense Ministry and Cellebrite, the digital forensics company, for the sale of phone-hacking tech to Russia.

20.07.2021 - 19:13 [ Haaretz ]

The Pegasus Project | Where Netanyahu Went, NSO Followed: How Israel Pushed Cyberweapon Sales

Investigation of potential Pegasus targets reveals: From Hungary to India and even Saudi Arabia, this is how Israel became the cyber industry’s patron and pushed spyware sales across the world,

19.07.2021 - 18:07 [ CNBC ]

U.S., NATO and EU to blame China for cyberattack on Microsoft Exchange servers

A new joint effort by NATO members, the European Union, Australia, New Zealand and Japan will call out and confront the threat posed by Chinese state-sponsored cyberattacks.
The nations will share intelligence on cyberthreats and collaborate on network defenses and security, said a senior Biden administration official.
The group will publicly blame China’s Ministry of State Security for a massive cyberattack on Microsoft Exchange email servers earlier this year.

19.07.2021 - 18:02 [ sifi.com ]

‚Israeli spyware firm linked to fake Black Lives Matter, Amnesty websites‘

Using Internet scanning, a team of researchers from the University of Toronto’s Citizen Lab and tech giant Microsoft identified more than 750 websites linked to Candiru’s spyware infrastructure.

„We found many domains masquerading as advocacy organisations such as Amnesty International, the Black Lives Matter movement, as well as media companies and other civil-society themed entities,“ researcher Bill Marczak said in a statement.

19.07.2021 - 17:58 [ Microsoft ]

Fighting cyberweapons built by private businesses

(15.07.2021)

We believe Sourgum is an Israel-based private sector offensive actor or PSOA. Citizen Lab has identified the group as a company called Candiru. Sourgum generally sells cyberweapons that enable its customers, often government agencies around the world, to hack into their targets’ computers, phones, network infrastructure and internet-connected devices. These agencies then choose who to target and run the actual operations themselves.

19.07.2021 - 17:54 [ Reuters ]

Microsoft says Israeli group sold tools to hack Windows

(15.07.2021)

The hacking tool vendor, named Candiru, created and sold a software exploit that can penetrate Windows, one of many intelligence products sold by a secretive industry that finds flaws in common software platforms for their clients, said a report by Citizen Lab.

Technical analysis by security researchers details how Candiru’s hacking tool spread around the globe to numerous unnamed customers, where it was then used to target various civil society organizations, including a Saudi dissident group and a left-leaning Indonesian news outlet, the reports by Citizen Lab and Microsoft show.

19.07.2021 - 06:19 [ Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project / Twitter ]

iMessage, WhatsApp, and FaceTime are vulnerable to „zero-click exploits“ — bugs that allow hackers to commandeer a mobile phone even when the target does nothing to trigger the breach. #PegasusProject

19.07.2021 - 06:15 [ Bill Marczak / Twitter ]

(1) @AmnestyTech saw an iOS 14.6 device hacked with a zero-click iMessage exploit to install Pegasus. We at @citizenlab also saw 14.6 device hacked with a zero-click iMessage exploit to install Pegasus. All this indicates that NSO Group can break into the latest iPhones.

19.07.2021 - 04:40 [ Haaretz ]

NSO’s Pegasus: The Israeli Cyber Weapon Oppressive Regimes Used Against 180 Journalists

Forbidden Stories and Amnesty International had access to a leak of more than 50,000 records of phone numbers that NSO clients selected for surveillance. According to an analysis of these records by the group and its partners, more than 180 journalists were selected in 21 countries by at least 12 NSO clients.

01.07.2021 - 11:03 [ Haaretz ]

Israeli Charged in Global Hacker-for-hire Scheme Seeks Plea Deal

While the indictment does not identify the hackers by name, five people familiar with the case say that Azari is being charged in relation to New Delhi-based BellTroX InfoTech Services, which Reuters last year reported was behind a hacking campaign that targeted lawyers, government officials, businessmen, investors and activists around the world.

Azari is charged with conspiracy to commit hacking, wire fraud, and aggravated identity theft, court documents show.

01.07.2021 - 10:59 [ thePrint.in ]

Small IT firm in Delhi ran one of world’s ‘largest’ hacker-for-hire services: Reuters expose

(10.06.2021)

Citing an article in The Financial Times, which in turn cites the Citizen Lab report, Muddy Waters Research tweeted that a German payment processing company Wirecard was a client of BellTrox.

29.06.2021 - 13:10 [ Haaretz ]

‘The State’s Right’: Top Court Refuses to Rule on Israeli Sale of Spy Tech to Russia

Israel’s defense exports, including the sale of offensive cyber technologies to foreign countries, and the policy that governs them is beyond the jurisdiction of Israeli courts, the Supreme Court ruled Sunday. The court’s justices refused to hear a petition filed by human right activists against the director of Israel’s Defense Ministry and Cellebrite, the digital forensics company, for the sale of phone-hacking tech to Russia.

27.06.2021 - 16:02 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Inside the plot to expose Matt Hancock’s affair: Friends talk of secret camera hidden by Chinese… or No10. In fact it was footage from his office CCTV and a whistleblower in his own department, reveals GLEN OWEN

The sting that brought down Matt Hancock was executed by a whistleblower in his department who contacted opponents of the Health Secretary’s stance on lockdown to help expose his affair, The Mail on Sunday can reveal.

The footage of Mr Hancock kissing Gina Coladangelo was caught on a CCTV camera in his office on May 6, and secretly recorded by a member of his department’s staff.

After allowing a month to elapse, the whistleblower approached lockdown sceptics and asked them to help sell the incendiary footage to the media.

15.06.2021 - 17:21 [ Haaretz ]

The Mossad’s International Brigade in Iran

The Mossad uses foreign citizens for its operations in Iran and elsewhere. Israeli and international media outlets have reported this in the past. We can presume these people are well paid. Iranian spokespeople call them “mercenaries.” But when the head of the Mossad himself reveals this, he reinforces the false impression that Israel’s intelligence service, which has a global reputation as one of the best and most professional, is just a gang that acts like an outsourced crime organization.

12.06.2021 - 07:11 [ CNBC.com ]

Apple says it didn’t know Trump’s DOJ was asking for Democrats‘ data when it complied with subpoena

Apple on Friday said it didn’t know former President Donald Trump’s Department of Justice was subpoenaed data on Democrats when it complied with the request.
Apple said it was under a gag order not to disclose the subpoena to the affected parties.
Microsoft also acknowledged it received a similar subpoena.

10.06.2021 - 10:14 [ theGuardian.com ]

„Any Palestinian is exposed to monitoring by the Israeli Big Brother“: Testimonies from people who worked in the Israeli Intelligence Corps tell of a system where there were no boundaries

(12 Sep 2014)

„From a political standpoint, information is collected that can serve to manipulate Israeli, Palestinian and international politics.

Although ours is not actual field work, it has serious impact on the lives of many people, and this is something that I think soldiers in the unit forget when everyone just does their part. Since we’re so focused on not missing any important developments, we always prefer to assume the worst. For example, if anyone is suspected, even very faintly, it is possible that the stain will never fade, and that person will suffer sanctions as a result.

Our daily service dulls everyone’s sensitivity and this is reflected, for example, in running jokes about very personal things that come up in our intelligence material. Or, for instance, in the expression “blood on the headset”, or X’s marked on our headsets after assassinations.

After my discharge from the Intelligence Corps, I had a moment of shock while watching the film The Lives of Others, about the secret police in East Germany.

On the one hand, I felt solidarity with the victims, with the oppressed people who were denied such basic rights as I take for granted to be mine. On the other hand, I realised that the job I had done during my military service was that of the oppressor.

My first reaction as a discharged soldier was that we do the same things, only much more efficiently.“

10.06.2021 - 09:58 [ Richard Silverstein ]

IDF Lies About Espionage Charges Against Tomer Eiges, Cyber-intelligence Officer Who Died in Military Prison

(05.06.2021)

We do not know for certain how Eiges, who a separate source told me committed suicide (though this fact is disputed by his family), managed to die. Though an autopsy was performed by a pathologist hired by the family, according to a family friend he was not able to determine a cause of death.

The IDF refuses to release any medical account of its own. It has performed its own secret investigation of the circumstances of Eiges death and refuses to release any accounting.

10.06.2021 - 09:41 [ Haaretz ]

Intel Officer Who Died in Jail Was About to Compromise ‚Big Secret,‘ Says Israeli Army Chief

According to Kochavi, the secrecy, with which the affair was handled, was important „in order to safeguard his privacy and the privacy of his family … while guarding a big secret.“

Kochavi added that the IDF managed to stop „him at the last minute,“ before he caused harm.

10.06.2021 - 09:23 [ Haaretz ]

Everything That Can Be Said About the Mysterious Death of an Israeli Intel Officer

Those who knew the officer say he was regarded as a prodigy in the field of computers, which he studied in high school. At age 16, he participated in a program to encourage high-tech entrepreneurship for young people and completed a bachelor’s degree in computer science. He joined the Israel Defense Forces in March 2016 and served in an intelligence branch tech unit.

His friends told Haaretz he was an idealistic and brilliant individual who succeeded in all the assignments he was given. “He was a man of values and ideals, and they guided him in his work and in his philosophy of life,” said one.

09.06.2021 - 17:01 [ Duo.com ]

Microsoft Fixes Publicly Known Flaws in Security Update

Overall, Microsoft’s May Patch Tuesday advisory addressed four critical flaws – all of which can allow for remote code execution – as well as 50 important-severity vulnerabilities and one moderate-severity bug.

11.05.2021 - 07:43 [ i24news.tv ]

Israel handed Soleimani’s phone numbers to US ahead of Baghdad drone strike: report

The phones were used to trace Soleimani on his journey from Damascus to the Iraqi capital, the report clarifies.

The outlet cited a US source as saying that Soleimani swapped his phone three times in the six hours before he got on the plane bound for Baghdad.

However, with Israeli assistance, Washington’s operators were still able to trace Soleimani’s movements, with three drones shadowing his jet.

24.03.2021 - 16:51 [ AddictiveTips.com ]

How To Use DNSCrypt To Encrypt DNS Traffic On Linux

DNSCrypt is a local program that, when set up correctly on any Linux PC, can lock up all DNS traffic and ensure everything safely goes to the right place.

Most Linux distributions have DNSCrypt in their software sources, so installing it is a breeze. Open up a terminal and enter the commands that correspond to your Linux distribution.

24.03.2021 - 16:44 [ SimpleDNScrypt.org ]

Simple DNSCrypt

Simple DNSCrypt is a simple management tool to configure dscrypt-proxy on windows based systems.

24.03.2021 - 16:22 [ SecurityMagazine.com ]

Disappearing DNS: DoT and DoH, Where one Letter Makes a Great Difference

(February 6, 2020)

While both offer encryption of DNS data using the same TLS protocol, there are some very important differences:

– Protocol layering: while DoT is essentially DNS over TLS, DoH is in fact DNS over HTTP over TLS.
– Different port numbers: DoT traffic uses a dedicated port 853, and can thus be distinguished at the network layer. DoH uses port 443 (HTTPS) due to the protocol layering.
– Different capabilities: DoT is largely the same DNS as we know it, while DoH to an extent combines features of DNS and HTTP.

03.03.2021 - 13:06 [ macobserver.com ]

5 Encrypted DNS Services to Use on iOS and macOS

Short for Domain Name System, DNS is commonly referred to as the “phone book” of the internet. It helps connect web browsers with web servers by translating addresses like 104.26.0.124 into www.macobserver.com. Here are five encrypted DNS services that I recommend.

There are several different ways to use a DNS server. One is to manually go into network settings on each and configure the Wi-Fi. The second way is to download an app, and the third way is to go into your router settings and configure it there.

03.03.2021 - 12:56 [ SimpleDNScrypt.org ]

Simple DNSCrypt

Simple DNSCrypt is a simple management tool to configure dscrypt-proxy on windows based systems.

03.03.2021 - 12:45 [ addictivetips.com ]

How To Use DNSCrypt To Encrypt DNS Traffic On Linux

DNSCrypt is a local program that, when set up correctly on any Linux PC, can lock up all DNS traffic and ensure everything safely goes to the right place.

Most Linux distributions have DNSCrypt in their software sources, so installing it is a breeze. Open up a terminal and enter the commands that correspond to your Linux distribution.

24.02.2021 - 10:51 [ exedb.com ]

Tips with two easy steps to remove PKTMON.EXE file.

In this article I will give you tips with two easy steps to turn off pktmon.exe process, and then I will show you how to block pktmon.exe from running in your computer.

24.02.2021 - 10:47 [ bleepingcomputer.com ]

Windows 10 quietly got a built-in network sniffer, how to use

(16.05.2020)

Microsoft has quietly added a built-in network packet sniffer to the Windows 10 October 2018 Update, and it has gone unnoticed since its release.

A packet sniffer, or network sniffer, is a program that monitors the network activity flowing over a computer down to an individual packet level.

30.01.2021 - 16:01 [ SimpleDNScrypt.org ]

Simple DNSCrypt

Simple DNSCrypt is a simple management tool to configure dscrypt-proxy on windows based systems.

30.01.2021 - 16:00 [ addictivetips.com ]

How To Use DNSCrypt To Encrypt DNS Traffic On Linux

DNSCrypt is a local program that, when set up correctly on any Linux PC, can lock up all DNS traffic and ensure everything safely goes to the right place.

Most Linux distributions have DNSCrypt in their software sources, so installing it is a breeze. Open up a terminal and enter the commands that correspond to your Linux distribution.

26.01.2021 - 17:17 [ globalriskinsights.com ]

UK Government Announces New National Cyber Force

(21.01.2021)

The four organisations will collaborate under one unified command for the first time. The Ministry of Defence’s official tagline for the NCF is, “A Defence and Intelligence Partnership”, to emphasize the fact that there is no other organization like it anywhere else on the globe, to date.

18.01.2021 - 16:09 [ addictivetips.com ]

How To Use DNSCrypt To Encrypt DNS Traffic On Linux

DNSCrypt is a local program that, when set up correctly on any Linux PC, can lock up all DNS traffic and ensure everything safely goes to the right place.

Most Linux distributions have DNSCrypt in their software sources, so installing it is a breeze. Open up a terminal and enter the commands that correspond to your Linux distribution.

18.01.2021 - 16:00 [ SimpleDNScrypt.org ]

Simple DNSCrypt

Simple DNSCrypt is a simple management tool to configure dscrypt-proxy on windows based systems.

18.01.2021 - 15:50 [ DNSprivacy.org ]

DoT servers

Oct 2020: The list below has been updated to retain only those servers that appear to still be actively maintained

18.01.2021 - 15:47 [ securitymagazine.com ]

Disappearing DNS: DoT and DoH, Where one Letter Makes a Great Difference

(06.02.2020)

Obviously, time will tell if DoT continues to prevail or whether DoH will start to gain ground. As mentioned at the beginning of the article there is a hot debate going on right now about the direction the Internet industry should take. Suffice to say that even nation state authorities are involved in the debate, which speaks to the level and importance of the discussion.

18.01.2021 - 15:41 [ ZDNET.com ]

NSA warns against using DoH inside enterprise networks

The NSA urges companies to host their own DoH resolvers and avoid sending DNS traffic to third-parties.

18.01.2021 - 15:40 [ National Security Agency / Pentagon ]

Adopting Encrypted DNS in Enterprise Environments

Use of the Internet relies on translating domain names (like “nsa.gov”) to Internet Protocoladdresses. This is the job of the Domain Name System (DNS). In the past, DNS lookups were generally unencrypted, since they have to be handled by the network to direct traffic to the right locations. DNSover Hypertext Transfer Protocol over Transport Layer Security (HTTPS), often referred to as DNS over HTTPS (DoH), encrypts DNS requests by using HTTPS to provide privacy, integrity, and “last mile” source authenticationwith a client’s DNS resolver. Itis useful to prevent eavesdropping and manipulationof DNStraffic.While DoH can help protectthe privacy of DNS requests and the integrity of responses, enterprises that use DoH will lose some of the control needed to govern DNS usage within their networksunless they allow only their chosen DoH resolver to be used.Enterprise DNS controlscan prevent numerous threat techniques used by cyber threat actors for initial access, command and control, and exfiltration.

08.01.2021 - 23:04 [ .infosecurity-magazine.com ]

SAD Reality for DNS

The researchers determined that 35% of open resolvers are open to the attack, as well as four of six home routers made by well-known brands.

They also found that 12 of 14 popular public resolvers (now 11—Cloudflare says they’ve corrected their systems) are susceptible. Even a patched DNS server could be made vulnerable by an unpatched or misconfigured NAT gateway.

Their 19-page paper on the exploit includes lists of devices and services tested. They have since set up a SAD DNS website featuring a Q&A and a tool that anyone can use to determine whether their DNS is vulnerable.

The flaw is being tracked as CVE-2020-25705, and affects Linux 3.18 – 5.10, Windows Server 2019 version 1809 and newer, macOS 10.15 and newer, and FreeBSD 12.1.0 and newer. The researchers did not test earlier versions of the listed operating system.

07.01.2021 - 18:32 [ theGrayzone.com ]

UK judge justifies CIA spying on Assange citing debunked CNN report based on… CIA spying

In one of the most brazenly political sections in her December 4 legal judgment, Westminster district judge Vanessa Baraitser cited a suspect report by CNN that accused Assange of conspiring with Russians to turn Ecuador’s embassy in London, where he was trapped in refuge for roughly seven years, “into a command post for election meddling.”

Baraitser twice pointed to this dubious CNN article in order to justify a 24/7 CIA spying operation that targeted not only Assange, but Ecuador’s embassy and its sovereign operations and internal affairs as well.

What the British judge failed to mention is that the CNN story she relied on was itself based entirely on untrustworthy intelligence reports drafted by a Spanish security firm called UC Global, which secretly worked with the CIA to spy on the WikiLeaks publisher and Ecuadorian embassy staff.

06.01.2021 - 08:09 [ El Pais ]

New leads suggest CIA spied on Assange to secure his extradition to the US

The Spanish High Court’s investigation is currently stalled. Six months after Judge De la Mata requested judicial cooperation from US authorities, asking them for identifying information about the IPs that accessed UC Global’s servers, the US justice system has yet to respond. US prosecutors demanded to know the judge’s sources, and De la Mata sent additional information, but no reply has been forthcoming.

Meanwhile, the United Kingdom has also failed to comply with De la Mata’s request to take statements from the lawyers who were spied on while working with Assange.

03.01.2021 - 09:50 [ Haaretz ]

From FireEye to Israel: Cyber Emergency Response Chief Warns ‘Everyone’s a Target‘

Though every country has some form of a CERT, the Israeli model, the directorate claims, is unique because not only does it offer help to private firms facing cyberattacks, it has units for different sectors – finance, energy, public security and government.

It also operates what it calls a “proactive” research center that seeks out vulnerabilities before they’re exploited and even has a hotline where anyone can call in to report a cyberattack.

03.01.2021 - 09:45 [ Haaretz ]

A Shady Israeli Intel Genius, His Cyber-spy Van and Million-dollar Deals

(31.12.2020)

Aliada, according to the suit, is a group of cyberweapon companies whose products are branded under the name Intellexa. In May 2019, it added, the group recruited Eran Beck, a former head of the Military Intelligence’s cyber department, as its director of development.

28.12.2020 - 11:47 [ Cyberscoop.com ]

ACLU sues FBI for information about its encryption-cracking skills

The FBI must be more transparent about its ability to break into people’s mobile devices, the American Civil Liberties Union says, and the group is suing for information about what the feds have in their toolkit.

The ACLU says the bureau should come clean about what its Electronic Device Analysis Unit (EDAU) is using “to unlock and decrypt information that is otherwise securely stored on cell phones.”

28.12.2020 - 11:45 [ theIntercept.com ]

Powerful Mobile Phone Surveillance Tool Operates in Obscurity Across the Country

(22.12.2020)

Until now, the Bartonville, Texas, company Hawk Analytics and its product CellHawk have largely escaped public scrutiny. CellHawk has been in wide use by law enforcement, helping police departments, the FBI, and private investigators around the United States convert information collected by cellular providers into maps of people’s locations, movements, and relationships. Police records obtained by The Intercept reveal a troublingly powerful surveillance tool operated in obscurity, with scant oversight.

18.12.2020 - 19:33 [ bleepingcomputer.com ]

FBI, CISA officially confirm US govt hacks after SolarWinds breach

(17.12.2020)

The compromise of multiple US federal networks following the SolarWinds breach was officially confirmed for the first time in a joint statement released earlier today by the FBI, DHS-CISA, and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI).

„Over the course of the past several days, the FBI, CISA, and ODNI have become aware of a significant and ongoing cybersecurity campaign,“ the US intelligence agencies said …

18.12.2020 - 19:18 [ Forbes ]

DHS, DOJ And DOD Are All Customers Of SolarWinds Orion, The Source Of The Huge US Government Hack

Though it’s not clear whether it uses the Orion tool, the DHS’s own Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) is a SolarWinds customer too, buying $45,000-worth of licenses in 2019. The U.S. Cyber Command also spent over $12,000 on SolarWinds tools in the same year.

SolarWinds, a publicly-listed Austin, Texas-based company with a value of over $6 billion, has its own customer list, though it doesn’t break down which products clients use. That list includes more than 425 of the Fortune 500, all major US telecoms providers, the top five U.S. accounting firms, hundreds of global universities, the NSA and the White House.

18.12.2020 - 19:09 [ SolarWinds.com ]

FAQ: Security Advisory

(18.12.2020)

In this case, it appears that the code was intended to be used in a targeted way as its exploitation requires manual intervention. We’ve been advised that the nature of this attack indicates that it may have been conducted by an outside nation state, but SolarWinds has not verified the identity of the attacker.

18.12.2020 - 18:43 [ theHill.com ]

Lawmakers ask whether massive hack amounted to act of war

Hackers believed to be part of a nation state have had access to federal networks since March after exploiting a vulnerability in updates to IT group SolarWinds’s Orion software. The hack has compromised the Treasury, State and Homeland Security departments and branches of the Pentagon, though it is expected to get worse. SolarWinds counts many more federal agencies as customers, along with the majority of U.S. Fortune 500 companies.

18.12.2020 - 11:06 [ theGuardian.com ]

Israeli spy firm suspected of accessing global telecoms via Channel Islands

Invoices seen by the Guardian and the Bureau of Investigative Journalism suggest Rayzone, a corporate spy agency that provides its government clients with “geolocation tools”, used an intermediary in 2018 to lease an access point into the telecoms network via Sure Guernsey, a mobile operator in the Channel Islands.

Such access points, known in the telecoms industry as “global titles”, provide a route into a decades-old global messaging system known as SS7, which allows mobile operators to connect users around the world. It is not uncommon for mobile companies to lease out such access.

18.12.2020 - 10:58 [ Bureau of Investigative Journalism ]

Spy companies using Channel Islands to track phones around the world

The investigation has found that private intelligence companies are able to rent access from mobile phone operators and this can then be exploited to allow the tracking of the physical location of users across the world. They are also potentially able to intercept calls and other private data, including bank accounts and emails.

These intrusions, which are very widely exploited, rely on commands designed to help phone operators track their customers’ whereabouts. Such commands, known as “signals”, are sent via a kind of global switchboard for the telecoms industry called SS7.

07.12.2020 - 20:19 [ Haaretz ]

The Cartel Project | Leading Mexican Journalist Targeted by Israeli NSO’s Spyware, Global Investigation Reveals

Israeli technologies in particular have a good reputation with Mexican officials. „In Mexico, it’s typical for the security and intelligence community to think that Israel has the most advanced technologies and the best techniques for civilian and military training,“ said Paloma Mendoza Cortés, analyst and consultant on national security issues.

06.12.2020 - 14:22 [ University of Michigan ]

Cuba ‘sonic attacks’: A covert accident?

(01.03.2018)

Think of 32 kHz as the station’s frequency. When the 25 kHz tone interferes with the transmission, audible sound at 7 kHz results. The researchers also built a proof of concept device to simulate covert eavesdropping by playing a song instead of the 180 Hz tone over the 32 kHz ultrasonic carrier.

Ultrasound emitters are all around us. They can take the form of room occupancy sensors in energy-efficient buildings, rodent repelling devices, burglar alarms, security cameras, and HVAC system vibrations.

06.12.2020 - 14:19 [ theHill.com ]

Mysterious illness targeting US diplomats in China, Cuba likely the result of microwave energy: report

“The committee felt that many of the distinctive and acute signs, symptoms and observations reported by [government] employees are consistent with the effects of directed, pulsed radio frequency (RF) energy,” the report says. “Studies published in the open literature more than a half-century ago and over the subsequent decades by Western and Soviet sources provide circumstantial support for this possible mechanism.”

30.11.2020 - 10:11 [ PrivacyIsNotACrime / Twitter ]

According to leaked documents from the @ORF , secret services from the so called „five eyes“ are initiators of the EU Resolution in the #encryptionban. For them this would be a very easy way to monitor all our messages and data, without the possibility to hide them.

27.11.2020 - 17:47 [ Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) ]

DNSSEC – What Is It and Why Is It Important?

DNS data for a domain is called a zone. Some organizations operate their own name servers to publish their zones, but usually organizations outsource this function to third parties. There are different types of organizations that host DNS zones on behalf of others, including registrars, registries, web hosting companies, network server providers, just to name a few.

DNS by itself is not secure

DNS was designed in the 1980s when the Internet was much smaller, and security was not a primary consideration in its design. As a result, when a recursive resolver sends a query to an authoritative name server, the resolver has no way to verify the authenticity of the response.

27.11.2020 - 16:36 [ ZDNetcom ]

DNS-over-HTTPS causes more problems than it solves, experts say

(06.09.2020)

The response to DoH’s anointment as a major privacy-preserving solution has been downright acid, in some cases. Critics have taken a jab at the protocol on different plains, which we’ll try to organize and categorize below:

– DoH doesn’t actually prevent ISPs user tracking
– DoH creates havoc in the enterprise sector
– DoH weakens cyber-security
– DoH helps criminals
– DoH shouldn’t be recommended to dissidents
– DoH centralizes DNS traffic at a few DoH resolvers

27.11.2020 - 16:35 [ ZDNet.com ]

Mozilla enables DOH by default for all Firefox users in the US

(25.02.2020)

Circa 2015, engineers at Cloudflare and Mozilla joined forces to create DNS-over-HTTPS, as a way to hide DNS queries using encryption.

27.11.2020 - 16:28 [ securitymagazine.com ]

Disappearing DNS: DoT and DoH, Where one Letter Makes a Great Difference

(06.02.2020)

Obviously, time will tell if DoT continues to prevail or whether DoH will start to gain ground. As mentioned at the beginning of the article there is a hot debate going on right now about the direction the Internet industry should take. Suffice to say that even nation state authorities are involved in the debate, which speaks to the level and importance of the discussion.

27.11.2020 - 14:49 [ DNSprivacy.org ]

DoT servers

Oct 2020: The list below has been updated to retain only those servers that appear to still be actively maintained

27.11.2020 - 14:38 [ public-dns.info ]

Public DNS Servers by country

Download valid nameservers as CSV | Plaintext

27.11.2020 - 14:25 [ dnsleaktest.com ]

DNS leak test

Hello (…)

from (…)

27.11.2020 - 13:59 [ addons.mozilla.org ]

Disable WebRTC

WebRTC leaks your actual IP addresses from behind your VPN, by default.

27.11.2020 - 13:58 [ Browserleaks.com ]

WebRTC Leak Test

To disable RTCPeerConnection and protect IP addresses leakage, go to about:config and toggle media.peerconnection.enabled to false.

To disable Media Devices, toggle media.navigator.enabled as well as media.peerconnection.enabled both to false.

27.11.2020 - 13:55 [ SpyOff.com ]

Turn off WebRtc and surf anonymously

(20.12.2017)

This little practical test proves that a simple script on a web page is sufficient to find out the actual IP address of a user.

27.11.2020 - 13:37 [ HowToGeek.com ]

How to See (and Disable) the Telemetry Data Firefox Collects About You

Type about:config into the address bar and then hit the Enter key. The page loads with a warning about the impacts of changing these preferences and the effect it can have on Firefox. Click the “Accept the risk and continue” button.

In the search bar, type each of the following preferences and then set them to the value provided to the right:

devtools.onboarding.telemetry.logged = false
toolkit.telemetry.updatePing.enabled = false
browser.newtabpage.activity-stream.feeds.telemetry = false
browser.newtabpage.activity-stream.telemetry = false
browser.ping-centre.telemetry = false
toolkit.telemetry.bhrPing.enabled = false
toolkit.telemetry.enabled = false
toolkit.telemetry.firstShutdownPing.enabled = false
toolkit.telemetry.hybridContent.enabled = false
toolkit.telemetry.newProfilePing.enabled = false
toolkit.telemetry.reportingpolicy.firstRun = false
toolkit.telemetry.shutdownPingSender.enabled = false
toolkit.telemetry.unified = false
toolkit.telemetry.updatePing.enabled = false
toolkit.telemetry.reportingpolicy.firstRun = false
toolkit.telemetry.unified = false
toolkit.telemetry.archive.enabled = false
devtools.onboarding.telemetry.logged = false
toolkit.telemetry.bhrPing.enabled = false
datareporting.healthreport.uploadEnabled = false
datareporting.policy.dataSubmissionEnabled = false
datareporting.sessions.current.clean = true
datareporting.healthreport.uploadEnabled = false
datareporting.policy.dataSubmissionEnabled = false
datareporting.sessions.current.clean = true

17.11.2020 - 20:34 [ International Network of Civil Liberties Organizations ]

INCLO CALLS ON STATES TO DEFEND END-TO-END ENCRYPTION

Fourteen members of INCLO express grave concerns regarding recent moves by various groups to breakencryption. We note with alarm calls from the ​Council of the European Union​, the ​EuropeanCommission​, and the ​Department of Justice in the US​, with support from Australia, Canada, New Zealand, India, Japan and the UK, to allow police authorities intercept encrypted communications.

17.11.2020 - 20:29 [ europa.eu ]

Joint statement by the EU home affairs ministers on the recent terrorist attacks in Europe

(13.11.2020)

We will also examine with interest the Commission’s announced proposal to designate hate speech and hate crime and incitement as criminal offences that are provided for and regulated under European Union law.

In the same vein, the Council must consider the matter of data encryption so that digital evidence can be lawfully collected and used by the competent authorities while maintaining the trustworthiness of the products and services based on encryption technology.

09.11.2020 - 09:50 [ .euractiv.com ]

‘Five Eyes’ alliance demands ways to access encrypted apps

(12.10.2020)

The top justice officials of the United States, Britain, Australia, Canada and New Zealand said in a statement that the growth of end-to-end encrypted apps that make official oversight impossible – like Signal, Telegram, FaceBook Messenger and WhatsApp – “pose significant challenges to public safety.”

“There is increasing consensus across governments and international institutions that action must be taken,” they said.

09.11.2020 - 09:39 [ Geheimdienste-Allianz Five Eyes / US Justizministerium ]

International Statement: End-To-End Encryption and Public Safety

(11.10.2020)

We urge industry to address our serious concerns where encryption is applied in a way that wholly precludes any legal access to content. We call on technology companies to work with governments to take the following steps, focused on reasonable, technically feasible solutions:

– Embed the safety of the public in system designs, thereby enabling companies to act against illegal content and activity effectively with no reduction to safety, and facilitating the investigation and prosecution of offences and safeguarding the vulnerable;
– Enable law enforcement access to content in a readable and usable format where an authorisation is lawfully issued, is necessary and proportionate, and is subject to strong safeguards and oversight; and
– Engage in consultation with governments and other stakeholders to facilitate legal access in a way that is substantive and genuinely influences design decisions.

09.11.2020 - 09:30 [ Electronic Frontier Foundation ]

Orders from the Top: The EU’s Timetable for Dismantling End-to-End Encryption

(06.10.2020)

The last few months have seen a steady stream of proposals, encouraged by the advocacy of the FBI and Department of Justice, to provide “lawful access” to end-to-end encrypted services in the United States. Now lobbying has moved from the U.S., where Congress has been largely paralyzed by the nation’s polarization problems, to the European Union—where advocates for anti-encryption laws hope to have a smoother ride. A series of leaked documents from the EU’s highest institutions show a blueprint for how they intend to make that happen, with the apparent intention of presenting anti-encryption law to the European Parliament within the next year.

09.11.2020 - 09:22 [ tech.newstatesman.com ]

The EU is set to declare war on encryption

(20.09.2020)

The EU is set to declare war on encryption with plans to allow law enforcement officials “targeted lawful access” to protected communications, according to a European Commission internal note seen by the Financial Times.

The note outlines the commission’s aim to “stimulate a discussion” among EU member states “on the issues posed by end-to-end encryption” for the purpose of tackling child abuse and other organised crime networks.

09.11.2020 - 09:16 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

Five governments line up legal challenge to Facebook’s ‚dangerous‘ encryption of messages between terrorists, paedophiles and criminals

(15.05.2020)

The “Five Eyes” intelligence network of nations is preparing a legal challenge to Facebook’s plan for end-to-end encryption amid fears the platform will become a haven for terrorists and paedophiles.

Ministers from the UK, US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand are due to meet next week to consider legal measures to hold Facebook and other social media platforms liable for messages that could lead to serious criminality.

23.10.2020 - 02:31 [ theHill.com ]

Trump pushing to declassify document disputing intel findings on Russia: report

But two officials said their calls for declassification have been met with opposition from within the intelligence agencies, with some objecting that such a release would be too close to Election Day.

16.10.2020 - 21:01 [ Haaretz ]

Netanyahu’s Henchmen Prove Once Again They’re Soldiers in a Criminal Organization

It’s just like in the Mafia: The boss is surrounded by soldiers. By made men.

They’re the ones he sends into the streets to kneecap his enemies. They don’t ask questions. They carry out orders. Sorry, instructions. An explicit utterance isn’t always needed. A look or nod can suffice. They understand.

16.10.2020 - 21:00 [ Haaretz ]

Netanyahu’s Whip Threatens AG: Drop Bibi Indictments, or More Tapes Will Come Out

(14.10.2020)

Saying that there are incriminating tapes from a previous court case against Avichai Mendelblit that will be released, Miki Zohar demanded the attorney general drop Netanyahu’s charges and resign

10.10.2020 - 12:18 [ USA Today ]

Trump lashes out at Barr after realizing inquiry into Russia probe won’t be public before election

Trump has ramped up his criticism of Barr in recent days as he seeks to make the origins of the Russia probe a major election issue. The president has long cast the Russia investigation as a political hoax meant to undermine him and has called for the indictment of his political enemies, including former President Barack Obama and former vice president and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden.

10.10.2020 - 12:08 [ CNN ]

Pompeo says he will release Clinton emails following Trump criticism

„She said she had 33,000 e-mails,“ Trump told Fox News on Thursday. „They’re in the State Department, but Mike Pompeo is unable to get them out, which is very sad actually. I’m — I’m not happy about him for that, that reason. He was unable to get — I don’t know why. You’re running the State Department and you get them out. But they’re in the State Department.“

09.10.2020 - 14:02 [ Newsweek ]

Trump Authorizes All Russia, Clinton Email Probe Documents to be Declassified: ‚No Redactions!‘

(06.10.2020)

White House chief of staff Mark Meadows on Monday said Trump had „tasked me with getting some declassification rolling“ as the president was recovering from COVID-19 at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. Officials began releasing documents on Tuesday.

09.10.2020 - 14:00 [ CBS News ]

Former CIA Director John Brennan on ethics of intelligence, challenges to democracy

(07.10.2020)

– Recent declassifications by DNI John Ratcliffe: „I thought it was a outrageous, appalling and blatant act of politicization that he released, very selectively, some intelligence that was provided then to the Senate Judiciary Committee, which is right now engaged in, I think, a very partisan effort to try to debunk the necessary investigative efforts of the FBI that looked into Russian interference in the 2016 election.“

09.10.2020 - 13:46 [ CNN ]

Trump’s spy chief declassified unverified Russian intelligence despite concerns raised by CIA and NSA

(30.09.2020)

Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe declassified unverified Russian intelligence despite concerns being raised by the CIA and National Security Agency, according to people briefed on the matter.
Career officials in the intelligence agencies were concerned about declassifying the information because it was unverified and they believed it could reveal sources and methods. Ratcliffe overrode those concerns and sent the document to Senate Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham on Tuesday, the people sa

09.10.2020 - 13:45 [ CNN ]

Comey knocks Barr’s attacks on the Russia probe: ‚I have no idea what on Earth he is talking about‘

(30.09.2020)

Graham pointed to the documents declassified Tuesday by Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe — which summarized unverified Russian intelligence that Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign was trying to „stir up a scandal“ by tying Trump to Russia — arguing they showed the FBI’s double standard in not investigating Clinton and Russia.

One Republicans senator even asked Comey about the Democratic allegations he had swung the 2016 election to Trump by releasing information about the FBI’s investigation into Clinton’s emails.

09.10.2020 - 13:44 [ Townhall.com ]

BREAKING: Newly Declassified Documents Show Hillary May Have Set Up the Russia Hoax

(29.09.2020)

“According to his handwritten notes, former Central Intelligence Agency Director Brennan subsequently briefed President Obama and other senior national security officials on the intelligence, including the ‘alleged approval by Hillary Clinton on July 26, 2016 of a proposal from one of her foreign policy advisors to vilify Donald Trump by stirring up a scandal claiming interference by Russian security services.’”

„On 07 September 2016, U.S. intelligence officials forwarded an investigative referral to FBI Director James Comey and Deputy Assistant Director of Counterintelligence Peter Strzok regarding ‘U.S. Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s approval of a plan concerning U.S. Presidential candidate Donald Trump and Russian hackers hampering U.S. elections as a means of distracting the public from her use of a private mail server,’” the letter continues.

08.10.2020 - 04:57 [ Al-Monitor ]

Ex-Shin Bet analysts recruited to fight coronavirus within Israeli-Arab society

Of course, it is a given that every high-tech company employs analysts, and plenty of high-tech staffers come from the Arab community. Why, then, didn’t the Home Front Command turn to them as well, preferring instead to use former members of the Shin Bet exclusively? Only the IDF knows the answer to that.

05.10.2020 - 02:50 [ RealClearPolitics.com ]

Federalist’s Sean Davis: CIA Director Haspel Personally Blocking Declassification Of Documents That Will Reveal Truth About Russiagate

„Unfortunately those releases and declassifications according to multiple sources I’ve talked to are being blocked by CIA director Gina Haspel who herself was the main link between Washington and London,“ Davis said. „As the London station chief from John Brennan’s CIA during the 2016 election. Recall, it was London where Christopher Steele was doing all this work. And I’m told that it was Gina Haspel personally who is blocking a continued declassification of these documents that will show the American people the truth of what actually happened.“

30.09.2020 - 14:17 [ the Grayzone ]

Exclusive: Spanish judge seeks Sheldon Adelson security chief in Assange spying case

The judge’s interest in Nagel indicates that the Spanish investigation is now probing the suspected role of US intelligence as the guiding hand behind UC Global’s criminal spying operation.

Before he was hired as Adelson’s director of global security, Nagel serving as the top cyber-crime investigator for the US Secret Service – a role which earned him a medal of commendation from the CIA. Together with Lahav, he was likely to have played a central role in coordinating between Sands, UC Global, and US intelligence.

30.09.2020 - 14:08 [ El Pais ]

Three protected witnesses accuse Spanish ex-marine of spying on Julian Assange

(21.09.2020)

Morales traveled to the US once or twice a month allegedly to hand over the material to “the Americans.” A microphone was installed on the PVC plastic base of a fire extinguisher near the meeting room where Assange met with his lawyers. The cyberactivist had placed a device that created white noise in this room, and activated it when he thought he was being spied on. He placed another device in the women’s bathroom, where he sometimes met with his lawyers.

UC Global S. L. was hired by Ecuador’s Senain secret service to provide security services to the embassy when Ecuadorian president Rafael Correa was in power. But according to the three witnesses, Morales ordered the Australian to be spied on and created remote-operated computer servers that collected the illegally obtained information, which could be accessed from the United States.

30.09.2020 - 14:07 [ Kevin Gosztola / Twitter ]

Witness #1 and Witness #2 are afraid UC Global director David Morales could retaliate against them as result of giving information. They requested protected status on the basis that their families and themselves were at risk. #AssangeTrial

30.09.2020 - 13:50 [ theGuardian.com ]

Assange case: former security firm staff allowed to give anonymous evidence

Anonymity was granted to two former employees of UC Global after a hearing at the Old Bailey in London was told they feared that its director and owner, David Morales, or others connected to him in the US, could seek to harm them.

Judge Vanessa Baraitser said she would permit their identities to remain anonymous out of respect for a Spanish court that had done the same as part of a case in which they are involved.

30.09.2020 - 13:48 [ Craig Murray ]

Your Man in the Public Gallery: Assange Hearing Day 20

The day concluded with a foretaste of excitement to come, as Judge Baraitser agreed to grant witness anonymity to the two UC Global whistleblowers who are to give evidence on UC Global’s spying on Assange in the Ecuadorean Embassy. In making application, Summers gave notice that among the topics to be discussed was the instruction from UC Global’s American clients to consider poisoning or kidnapping Assange. The hidden firearm with filed-off serial numbers discovered in the home of UC Global’s chief executive David Morales, and his relationship to the Head of Security at the Las Vegas Sands complex, were also briefly mooted.

24.09.2020 - 11:30 [ Vice.com ]

Cellebrite Sold Phone Hacking Tech to Repressive Regimes, Data Suggests

A Motherboard investigation found that US state police agencies had collectively spent millions of dollars on Cellebrite products. US federal agencies, such as the FBI and Secret Service, are also Cellebrite customers.

24.09.2020 - 11:21 [ Haaretz.com ]

Putin Investigators Targeting LGBTQs, Navalny, Use Israeli Phone-hacking Tech

Carmil resents a comparison with the NSO Group. “I know the people at NSO and appreciate their know-how, but Cellebrite works in the legitimate world of the police force, whose abilities are closely controlled, unlike the world of NSO customers and others who engage in illegal and concealed activity. Cellebrite is totally on the good side, where court orders are used. We do not make tools for breaking into private entities or espionage organizations.”

07.09.2020 - 10:42 [ the Times ]

Julian Assange’s fiancée, Stella Moris, on their secret family

The WikiLeaks founder secretly fathered two children while holed up at the Ecuadorian embassy. Now he is in prison fighting extradition to the US and the hearing that will decide his fate resumes on Monday. His fiancée tells Kirsty Lang their extraordinary love story

03.09.2020 - 20:53 [ Haaretz ]

Cellphone Hacking and Millions in Gulf Deals: Inner Workings of Top Secret Israeli Cyberattack Firm Revealed

NSO’s specialty is hacking smartphones. Up till now, little was known about Candiru. TheMarker has revealed that the firm offers hacking tools used to break into computers and servers, and now, for the first time, has confirmed it also has technology for breaking into mobile devices.

According to a document signed by an unnamed vice president for Candiru, they also offer a “high-end cyber intelligence platform dedicated to infiltrate PC computers, networks, mobile handsets, by using explosions and disseminations operations.“

03.09.2020 - 01:20 [ Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) ]

New Federal Court Rulings Find Geofence Warrants Unconstitutional

Geofence warrants, also known as reverse location searches, are a relatively new investigative technique used by law enforcement to try to identify a suspect. Unlike ordinary warrants for electronic records that identify the suspect in advance of the search, geofence warrants essentially work backwards by scooping up the location data from every device that happened to be in a geographic area during a specific period of time in the past. The warrants therefore allow the government to examine the data from individuals wholly unconnected to any criminal activity and use their own discretion to try to pinpoint devices that might be connected to the crime.

27.08.2020 - 23:16 [ Mint Press ]

Cyber Command Gets New Surveillance Powers Under Guise of Battling Election Meddling

Domestically, the potential targeting of American citizens as foreign actors or agents was moved forward by Bill Barr’s Justice Department in June, in response to the Minneapolis riots, Barr released a statement naming “Antifa and other similar groups” as possible targets of its 56 regional FBI Joint Terrorism Task Forces (JTTF) offices. In the same statement the top prosecutor invoked the National Guard, which would be “deployed on the streets to reestablish law and order” if necessary.

23.08.2020 - 12:04 [ MIT Technology Review ]

Inside NSO, Israel’s billion-dollar spyware giant

(19.08.2020)

In an age of ubiquitous technology and strong encryption, such “lawful hacking” has emerged as a powerful tool for public safety when law enforcement needs access to data. NSO insists that the vast majority of its customers are European democracies, although since it doesn’t release client lists and the countries themselves remain silent, that has never been verified.

23.08.2020 - 11:44 [ Haaretz ]

With Israel’s Encouragement, NSO Sold Spyware to UAE and Other Gulf States

The Israeli company has signed contracts with Bahrain, Oman and Saudi Arabia.

16.08.2020 - 07:09 [ Cory Doctorow / Wired ]

The Age of Mass Surveillance Will Not Last Forever – The power to end it is in your hands.

(28.07.2020)

What I showed those journalists was proof, in the form of the government’s own classified documents, that the self-described “Five Eyes”—the state security organs of the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, and Canada—had together conspired to weaken their laws. They had forced clandestine access to the networks of their largest telecommunications and internet titans (some of whom hadn’t needed much in the way of arm-twisting) in pursuit of a single goal: the transformation of the free and fragmented internet into history’s first centralized means of global mass surveillance.

16.08.2020 - 06:49 [ Glenn Greenwald / Twitter ]

National Security apparatchiks like @AmbassadorRice (no longer an Ambassador) have wanted Snowden in prison for years because he exposed how they secretly and illegally converted the internet into their spying playground. As for her claim that pardoning Snowden is a GOP view:

16.08.2020 - 06:15 [ Thomas Massie, Abgeordneter im US Repräsentantenhaus / Twitter ]

Employees of the US government violated the Constitution and lied to Congress and the American people about it. @Snowden exposed them. This is bigger than him. If he’s punished for his service to the Constitution, there will be more violations of the Constitution, and more lies.

16.08.2020 - 05:53 [ USA Today ]

Trump says he will look ‚very strongly‘ at granting pardon to whistleblower Edward Snowden

In the interview, Trump justified talk of a pardon by again complaining about an FBI investigation into links between his campaign and Russians who sought to interfere in the 2016 presidential election. He said it was unfair that people like ex-FBI Director James Comey are free while Snowden is in legal limbo.

28.07.2020 - 18:32 [ Netzpolitik.org ]

San Francisco Polizei überwachte Proteste mit privatem Kameranetzwerk

Im letzten Jahr hat der Stadtrat von San Francisco eine international beachtete Verordnung gegen Überwachungstechnologie verabschiedet. Diese erschwert die städtische Anschaffung von Überwachungstechnologien und verbietet Gesichtserkennung.

Gegen diese Verordnung hat nun die Polizei von San Francisco (SFPD) offenbar verstoßen, hat die Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) herausgefunden. Während der Proteste gegen Polizeigewalt und Rassismus hat das SFPD auf mehrere hundert Kameras im Union-Square-Bezirk der Stadt über mehrere Tage Echtzeit-Zugriff gehabt. Außerdem hat sich die Behörde eine Kopie aller Kameraaufzeichnung in einem 12-Stundenzeitraum Ende Mai geben lassen.

27.07.2020 - 11:00 [ iTWIRE ]

Internet Australia says flawed Encryption Bill weakens, not protects, Australian’s security

The Assistance and Access Bill was passed in late 2018 but despite its nickname „the encryption bill“ it promotes insecurity and a dangerous global precedent, says the Independent National Security Legislation Monitor. Expecting Parliament to commence a review of the bill today, Internet Australia calls for the INSLM recommendations to be accepted.

25.07.2020 - 15:48 [ Consortium News ]

CIA ‘Obsessed’ With Former UK Envoy Who Will Testify in Spying-on-Assange Case

The former British ambassador to Uzbekistan and a close associate of imprisoned WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange says he was the “top target” of the 24/7 surveillance of Assange at Ecuador’s embassy in London by the Spanish security company UC Global, which, according to press reports and court documents, shared the surveillance with the CIA.

Craig Murray said he has been contacted by an attorney in the spying case on Assange and that he will be going to Madrid to testify. The founder of UC Global, David Morales, was arrested over the surveillance (including privileged Assange-lawyer conversations) and is on trial.

Murray told former CIA analyst Ray McGovern in an email, shared with Consortium News with Murray’s permission, that the CIA was “obsessed” with him.

17.07.2020 - 09:52 [ Max Blumenthal / Twitter ]

The CIA can now target/attack media outfits, charities, etc based on paranoid suspicion of ties to designated enemies and little to no hard evidence. Presumably this means US-based organizations are fair game as well.

17.07.2020 - 09:50 [ Yahoo.com ]

Exclusive: Secret Trump order gives CIA more powers to launch cyberattacks

The secret authorization, known as a presidential finding, gives the spy agency more freedom in both the kinds of operations it conducts and who it targets, undoing many restrictions that had been in place under prior administrations. The finding allows the CIA to more easily authorize its own covert cyber operations, rather than requiring the agency to get approval from the White House.

14.07.2020 - 16:37 [ New York Times ]

U.K. Bans Huawei From 5G Network, Raising Tensions With China

Banning the use of the Chinese tech giant’s equipment in high-speed wireless infrastructure is a major reversal by Prime Minister Boris Johnson — and a big victory for the Trump administration.

14.07.2020 - 10:11 [ theGuardian.com ]

Israeli court dismisses Amnesty bid to block spyware firm NSO

A Tel Aviv court has rejected a legal case filed by Amnesty International that attempted to block the Israeli spyware firm NSO Group from selling its cyberweapons internationally.

The rights groups sought to force the Israeli defence ministry to revoke NSO Group’s export licence for its leading phone-hacking software, Pegasus. Amnesty’s lawyers alleged the product had been used by repressive governments to target activists, including one the rights group’s own researchers, as well as journalists.

14.07.2020 - 10:09 [ Amnesty.org ]

Israel: Court rejects bid to revoke notorious spyware firm NSO Group’s export licence

“Today’s disgraceful ruling is a cruel blow to people put at risk around the world by NSO Group selling its products to notorious human rights abusers. At a moment when NSO and the Israeli MOD should be held accountable for their practices, it is appalling that the court has failed to do so.

“NSO Group continues to profit from human rights abuses with impunity. The ruling of the court flies in the face of the mountains of evidence of NSO Group’s spyware being used to target human rights defenders from Saudi Arabia to Mexico, including the basis of this case – the targeting of one of our own Amnesty employees. We will continue to do all we can to stop NSO Group’s spyware being used to commit human rights abuses.

12.07.2020 - 15:33 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Scientists from the Wuhan virus lab have ‚defected‘ to the West, reveals senior Trump ally Steve Bannon – as FBI gathers evidence that coronavirus pandemic was caused by an accidental leak

He said: ‘The thing was built with French help, so don’t think that there aren’t some monitoring devices in there. I think what you are going to find out is that these guys were doing experiments which they weren’t fully authorised [for] or knew what they were doing and that somehow, either through an inadvertent mistake, or on a lab technician, one of these things got out.

‘It’s not that hard for these viruses to get out. That is why these labs are so dangerous.

‘You essentially had a biological Chernobyl in Wuhan, but the centre of gravity, the Ground Zero, was round the Wuhan lab, in terms of the casualty rates. And like Chernobyl, you also had the cover-up – the state apparatus reports to itself and just protects itself.’

11.07.2020 - 11:02 [ Politico.com ]

New documents show internal debate over whether to prosecute Flynn

The newly public documents include notes of a Jan. 25, 2017 meeting between FBI and DOJ officials in which Deputy Assistant Attorney General Tashina Gauhar included several passages indicating that the agents who interviewed Flynn about his dealings with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak saw no indication Flynn was trying to deceive them. Gauhar recounts that the agents thought Flynn was “being forthright” and “believe[d] that F. believe[d] that what he said was true.”

11.07.2020 - 11:01 [ Rep. Jim Jordan / Twitter ]

Comey’s FBI: -Believed Michael Flynn was telling the truth. -Knew Flynn wasn’t a Russian agent. But went after Flynn with a bogus perjury charge. Wow.

11.07.2020 - 10:41 [ Glenn Greenwald / Twitter ]

I keep hearing liberals and even leftists insisting that Russiagate and the blatantly exaggerated threat from Moscow is irrelevant to their politics. That couldn’t be more false. It’s not only been weaponized to ensure Endless War & imperialism but also for domestic politics:

22.06.2020 - 08:24 [ Haaretz ]

Israel’s NSO Helped Moroccan Gov’t Spy on Journalist, Amnesty Claims

Israeli cyber espionage company NSO provided tools that helped the Moroccan regime track a local journalist named Omar Radi, according to a thorough investigation that human rights organization Amnesty International conducted over the past few months. The report was released on Monday.

The espionage against Radi began only a few days after NSO ostensibly committed itself to a new policy of transparency in keeping with the United Nations’ human rights guidelines for companies, according to the Amnesty investigation.

11.06.2020 - 02:37 [ Buenos Aires Times ]

AFI conducted illegal espionage on more than 400 journalists during Macri era

The documents relating to the case were found in three dossiers named „2017“, „G20 Journalists“ and „Miscellaneous,“ discovered in a safe in the office of the AFI’s former director of counterintelligence. Each file contains brief references to the political or social stances of some of the journalists, many gleaned from social media posts, though some had no comment at all, or merely noted that the person worked for a news outlet.

10.06.2020 - 13:23 [ Cracked.com ]

5 Realities About The World’s Scariest Police Department

(19.06.2017)

5. The NYPD Now Has Offices All Over The World

Through the International Liaison Program, NYPD detectives are now stationed in 13 cities around the globe, from Paris to Amman to Sydney. If you’re surprised that New York City would have flatfoots permanently operating on the majority of Earth’s continents, you aren’t alone. When bombs went off in Bali in 2005, Indonesian police were understandably „astonished and irritated that the NYPD showed up.“

10.06.2020 - 12:39 [ Salon.com ]

Nine terrifying facts about America’s biggest police force

(28.09.2012)

When asked for details at a press conference, Mayor Bloomberg basically told reporters to fuck off, saying, „The NYPD has lots of capabilities that you don’t know about and you won’t know about.“

The New York Times has reported that the department’s Harbor unit has 6 submarine drones; four cost $75,000 and the two others cost $120,000, according to the Times. They are developing a portable radar that can see under clothes in order to search for weapons. Militaristic „Hercules teams,“ are deployed to random parts of the city armed with automatic weapons and body armor. Their explicitly stated role is to terrify people.

10.06.2020 - 11:49 [ NYPD - nyc.gov ]

NYPD: Intelligence and Counterterrorism

The Deputy Commissioner oversees both the Intelligence Bureau, which is responsible for intelligence collection and analysis; and the NYPD’s Counterterrorism Bureau operations, including the partnership with the FBI/NYPD Joint Terrorism Task Force, the first and largest of its kind in the nation.

New York City is home to more than 8 million people and hosts over 58 million visitors from all over the world annually. The Intelligence and Counterterrorism Bureaus provide some of the most highly trained and best equipped officers to patrol the city, collect and analyze data, and collaborate with partner agencies.

10.06.2020 - 11:23 [ NYPD - nyc.gov ]

NYPD: Intelligence

Through its International Liaison Program, the Intelligence Bureau posts officers in law enforcement agencies in major cities around the world. These liaisons support the NYPD by providing situational awareness and exchanging best-practices related to policing with local agencies. Similarly, members of the Intelligence Bureau in New York work closely with federal, state, and local law enforcement partners to keep the city safe.

The Intelligence Bureau’s investigative activities are conducted in accordance with rules established pursuant to a federal court decree.

28.05.2020 - 22:33 [ Evan Greer / Twitter ]

Here’s what’s happening: late last night @SpeakerPelosi attempted to ram through a reauthorization of #FISA and #PatriotAct surveillance authorities. But she had to cancel the vote at the last minute when it became clear she didn’t have even close to enough votes to pass it.

She’s trying to blame that on Trump tweeting about it, but the reality is that the vote was going to fail anyway because the entire Congressional Progressive Caucus (nearly 100 member of the House) came out against the bill after Pelosi let @RepAdamSchiff
gut a privacy amendment

Now @SpeakerPelosi
is trying to do an end-run around her own party and is going to attempt to sneak the reauthorization through by using an obscure congressional mechanism to reconcile a previous version of the bill the House passed with the version the Senate passed.

28.05.2020 - 22:29 [ Donald J. Trump, 45th President of the United States of America / Twitter ]

Thank you to our GREAT Republican Congressmen & Congresswomen on your incredibly important blockage last night of a FISA Bill that would just perpetuate the abuse that produced the Greatest Political Crime In the History of the U.S., the Russian Witch-Hunt. Fantastic Job!

28.05.2020 - 22:26 [ ]

The House just ditched a bill that would renew and expand the FBI’s surveillance powers after Trump threatened to veto it

The House of Representatives abandoned a plan to pass a reauthorization of the Patriot Act Thursday after President Donald Trump tweeted that he would veto the bill if it passes.

28.05.2020 - 22:18 [ CommonDreams.org ]

‚Just Let the Patriot Act Die You Cowards‘: House Lawmakers Urged to Vote Down Flawed Domestic Spy Bill

(27.05.2020)

As Common Dreams reported earlier, House Intelligence Committee Chair Rep. Adam Schiff was a target of specific ire for his role in sabotaging the amendment which sought to strengthen the bill’s privacy protections and judicial oversight. As Gizmodo’s Dell Cameron remarked after the day’s developments, „Although it’s really been something of a mass delusion for a while, the idea that Democrats are somehow better than Republicans on the Fourth Amendment is, as of this week, nothing short of a joke.“

The fact that the GOP-controlled Senate has managed to pass more progressive privacy reforms than the Democratic majority in the House, which has introduced precisely none, should not go unnoticed,“ Cameron added.

27.05.2020 - 21:07 [ CNN ]

Trump tweet throws House vote on government surveillance powers into doubt

The request to shelve the vote was the latest hurdle for legislation reauthorizing authorities from the 2001 Patriot Act that’s been squeezed both by FISA opponents who have pushed for more civil liberties protections and by the President and his allies furious over the role of the FISA court in the Russia investigation and the misconduct with warrants obtained on former Trump adviser Carter Page.

„I hope all Republican House Members vote NO on FISA until such time as our Country is able to determine how and why the greatest political, criminal, and subversive scandal in USA history took place!“ Trump tweeted on Tuesday evening.

27.05.2020 - 20:46 [ Journal-News.net ]

Handling of Flynn case should concern all Americans

Regardless of our political leanings, what happened to Michael Flynn should concern every American. While we should insist on details about his case, a more important question needs to be answered:

How many other people have been treated similarly by the FBI and other law enforcement agencies?

27.05.2020 - 20:41 [ theGreggJarrett.com ]

Former CBS Reporter One Of The First ‘To Identify Myself As A Target of Illegal Spying Under Obama Admin’

“I believe many, many others were spied on but do not know” said Attkisson. “It was only thanks to help from intelligence contacts that I even learned that government agents were spying me. Otherwise, I never suspected it or would have known.”

27.05.2020 - 20:27 [ Warren Davidson, U.S. Congressman serving Ohio's 8th District. Constitutionalist and former Army Ranger / Twitter ]

Intel & war hawks fight to keep mass surveillance of American citizens in place, and keep America in more wars in more places. Now they want to stop reforms from becoming law so they can preserve the broken status quo. We need @realDonaldTrump to support these reforms & more.

27.05.2020 - 20:01 [ CBS News ]

House to vote on reauthorizing expired surveillance powers

The House is expected to vote on a bill reauthorizing expired national security surveillance authorities on Wednesday afternoon in a vote by proxy, a controversial rule change which allows members to vote on behalf of their absent colleagues. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy has called on Speaker Nancy Pelosi to pull the bill reauthorizing authorities under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, arguing that voting by proxy is unconstitutional.

26.05.2020 - 15:23 [ the Hill ]

This week: Surveillance fight sets early test for House’s proxy voting

The bill initially passed the House in a 278-136 vote in March. But the Senate amended the measure to add more legal protections for certain individuals targeted by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court. The changes forces it to be bounced back to the House, which will need to pass it a second time.

Under a deal struck with leadership, the House is expected to consider an amendment, brought by Reps. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) and Warren Davidson (R-Ohio), that would block law enforcement from being able to access web browsing data without a warrant.

25.05.2020 - 21:33 [ Fox News ]

Mueller deputy Andrew Weissmann to headline Biden virtual fundraiser

Throughout the Russia investigation, Weissmann had been considered a “deputy” to Mueller, with conservatives regularly targeting him for his reputation of using aggressive tactics in cases, as well as his role in past controversial prosecutions. Weissmann helped to build the case against former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort.

23.05.2020 - 02:07 [ The Hill ]

House to consider amendment blocking warrant-less web browsing surveillance

The House will consider an amendment that would block law enforcement from being able to access web browsing data without a warrant when voting on legislation reauthorizing surveillance programs next week.

21.05.2020 - 10:59 [ Electronic Frontier Foundation ]

COVID-19 Patients’ Right to Privacy Against Quarantine Surveillance

Governments around the world are using surveillance technologies to monitor whether COVID-19 patients are complying with instructions to quarantine at home. These include GPS ankle shackles, phone apps that track location, and phone apps that require patients to periodically take quarantine selfies and send them to government monitors.

21.05.2020 - 10:50 [ Electronic Frontier Foundation ]

International Proposals for Warrantless Location Surveillance To Fight COVID-19

Time and again, governments have used crises to expand their power, and often their intrusion into citizens’ lives. The COVID-19 pandemic has seen this pattern play out on a huge scale. From deploying drones or ankle monitors to enforce quarantine orders to proposals to use face recognition or thermal imaging cameras for monitoring public spaces, governments around the world have been adopting intrusive measures in their quest to contain the pandemic.

19.05.2020 - 20:31 [ American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) ]

Coalition Letter to House Leadership Concerning Wyden-Daines Amendment to USA Freedom Reauthorization Act

Indeed, this would help address serious concerns among the public that civil liberties are at a heightened riskduring this time of crisis. This is an acute concern for the many groups that the FBI has wrongfully targeted in thepast, including activists, communities of color, and the press.With ample support for this measure secured in the Senate, the decision to seize this moment in defense ofAmericans’ civil liberties is exclusively in your hands.

19.05.2020 - 20:17 [ National Coalition Against Censorship (NCAC) ]

NCAC Urges Speaker Pelosi to Support Critical Change to Patriot Act

NCAC has joined a coalition of more than 50 civil liberties, civil rights and government transparency organizations in urging Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and other members of Congress to include civil liberties reforms in the USA Freedom Reauthorization Act of 2020, a bill that would extend surveillance provisions of the Patriot Act which expired in March.

The coalition’s letter to Speaker Pelosi calls for support of the Wyden-Daines amendment to the bill, which prohibits the government from surveilling the internet search and browsing history of people in the United States without a warrant. The Patriot Act was never intended to allow the FBI to warrantlessly spy on our search and browsing history – and that is squarely the question before Speaker Pelosi.

This reform is designed to stave off the kind of scandals that led to a dramatic loss of trust in United States intelligence agencies over the past two decades.

19.05.2020 - 19:16 [ Medium.com ]

Open Letter, May 18, 2020, London: Dear Matt Hancock, we are civil society organisations, privacy advocates and academic researchers writing to express concerns about the NHS’s plans to build a COVID-19 datastore.

We share the common goal of preserving public confidence in systems that can help make us all safer. Therefore, before the NHS continues its plans, we urge you to provide the public with more information and take appropriate measures to reduce risk of data sharing and keep the aggregated data under democratic control.

In March, the NHS announced a new plan to build a datastore that aggregates COVID-19 health data. Microsoft, Google, Palantir, Faculty and Amazon will assist in the development of the datastore and the processing of the data.

19.05.2020 - 19:10 [ Computerweekly.com ]

Privacy advocates demand clarity over Covid-19 datastore

(yesterday)

In an open letter directly addressed to the health secretary, civil society organisations, privacy advocates and academic researchers urged Hancock to give the public more information about the datastore and take appropriate measures to reduce data-sharing risks and keep it under democratic control.

19.05.2020 - 18:45 [ OpenDemocracy.net ]

DemocracyWatch: COVID-19 ushers in a new era of surveillance apps

Last week, Palantir got the US government contract to run a new system for tracking the spread of COVID-19.

It’s not just the US that is boosting surveillance in the pandemic. In tiny Liechtenstein, the government has launched biometric tracker bracelets that automatically collect key medical information. The statelet plans for all citizens to wear them by autumn, while Germany, Turkey and France are also among the 23 countries that have looked at high-tech surveillance measures in response to the crisis.

19.05.2020 - 18:39 [ theVerge.com ]

Peter Thiel’s controversial Palantir is helping build a coronavirus tracking tool for the Trump admin

(21.04.2020)

It is unclear what exactly this data is, where it comes from, or how it’s being used. It’s also unclear if Palantir is the sole technology provider of the tool, or if other partners are involved.

Reports earlier this month first surfaced Palantir’s involvement with the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the UK’s National Health Service regarding coronavirus tracking software and other assistance in combating the global pandemic.

19.05.2020 - 18:15 [ Forbes ]

Facebook: Here’s Proof Israeli WhatsApp Hackers Ran Cyberweapons In America

(24.04.2020)

The tech giant’s counsel filed a response to NSO’s move for dismissal that included two IP addresses and a handful of websites it claims were used by NSO Group to attack WhatsApp users in spring 2019. One was hosted by Amazon Web Services in the U.S., the others by Californian company QuadraNet and a German provider.

19.05.2020 - 18:12 [ theGuardian.com ]

WhatsApp: Israeli firm ‚deeply involved‘ in hacking our users

(29.04.2020)

According to WhatsApp’s filing, NSO gained “unauthorised access” to its servers by reverse-engineering the messaging app and then evading the company’s security features that prevent manipulation of the company’s call features. One WhatsApp engineer who investigated the hacks said in a sworn statement submitted to the court that in 720 instances, the IP address of a remote server was included in the malicious code used in the attacks. The remote server, the engineer said, was based in Los Angeles and owned by a company whose data centre was used by NSO.

19.05.2020 - 18:10 [ i24News.tv ]

Report: Suspected Israeli cyberattack wreaks havoc at Iranian port

US officials believe that Israel was behind a „highly accurate“ recent cyberattack targeting Iran’s largest cargo port, the Washington Post reported Monday, adding that the attack caused way more damage than Tehran acknowledged.

On May 9, Iran’s Shahid Rajaee port supposedly came under a sustained cyberattack.

18.05.2020 - 19:31 [ PrivateInternetAccess.com ]

Tell your House Representative to vote against letting the FBI access internet history without a warrant

The Patriot Act is up for renewal with the USA FREEDOM Reauthorization Act and this bill as-is allows the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and Department of Justice (DOJ) to access your internet history without a warrant. Under this new law, all the DOJ has to do is claim that an American citizen is tangentially related to an ongoing investigation and they’d be able to access your internet history that is stored with your internet service provider (ISP) – this gross privacy violating power must be stopped. The bill is currently in the House of Representatives and could be voted on as soon as next week.

18.05.2020 - 19:26 [ Vox.com ]

The Senate voted to let the government keep surveilling your online life without a warrant

(14.05.2020)

Many senators wanted to forbid the government from secretly collecting information about your internet habits, but an amendment failed by just one vote.

16.05.2020 - 09:23 [ JustTheNews.com ]

Making of a myth: Timeline of media’s role in selling ‚Trump-Russia collusion‘ tale

Nov. 18, 2016:

Trump announces Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn as his choice for National Security Adviser. Over the next few weeks, Flynn communicates with numerous international leaders.

Nov. 30 – Dec. 28, 2016:

Two dozen Obama administration officials make requests to unmask the name of National Security Adviser designee Flynn, who was „incidentally“ captured by intel surveillance. The officials include: U.N. Ambassador Samantha Power, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, and CIA Director John Brennan.

Jan. 5, 2017:

Obama chief of staff Denis McDonough requests Flynn unmasking.

Intelligence Community leadership, including FBI Director James Comey, Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates, CIA Director Brennan and Director of National Intelligence Clapper, provides classified briefing to President Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, and National Security Adviser Susan Rice on alleged Russia hacking during 2016 campaign, according to notes later written by Rice.

After briefing, according to Rice’s notes, President Obama convenes Oval Office meeting with her, Comey, Biden, and Yates. The „Steele dossier“ is reportedly discussed. Also reportedly discussed: Flynn’s intercepted talks with Russia’s ambassador.

16.05.2020 - 08:37 [ The Hill / Youtube ]

Saagar Enjeti: BOMBSHELL reveals Biden at center of Obamagate, media ignores

Saagar blasts Joe Biden for being among the Obama administration officials who „unmasked“ former national security adviser Michael Flynn, despite his wavering stance on involvement in the prosecution.

15.05.2020 - 16:00 [ The Hill / Twitter ]

Sen. @RandPaul : „The PATRIOT Act in the end is not patriotic.“

15.05.2020 - 15:53 [ Vox.com ]

The Senate voted to let the government keep surveilling your online life without a warrant

The measure needed 60 votes to pass. It got 59.

The outcome is especially frustrating since four senators didn’t vote on the amendment at all, and at least one would have voted yes. Lamar Alexander couldn’t vote because he’s quarantined. Two others — Ben Sasse and Bernie Sanders — didn’t respond to request for comment on where they were during the vote. An aide told Politico that Patty Murray would have voted yes had she been there, but the senator was not in Washington, DC, when the vote occurred.

15.05.2020 - 15:32 [ Fox News ]

Rand Paul on Flynn unmasking: Biden committed ‚devastating abuse of power‘

‚It amounts to illegally eavesdropping for political purposes‘ says Rand Paul discussing new information that Obama officials unmasked Michael Flynn

14.05.2020 - 23:17 [ Real Clear Politics ]

Rand Paul: „Vice President Biden Is Guilty Of Using Government To Go After A Political Opponent“

Sen. Rand Paul called for acting Director of National Intelligence Rick Grenell to testify about a list of Obama administration officials, including Obama and Biden, involved in the „unmasking“ of then-incoming National Security Adviser Michael Flynn’s communications after the 2016 election.

Speaking to members of the press, Paul also said he wanted testimony from the officials on the list, including James Comey and James Clapper.

14.05.2020 - 23:00 [ AJC.com ]

‘He knew everything’: Trump demands that Obama testify in Flynn case

“Here is the concern: If you don’t have a national security reason, you’re basically spying on a political opponent,” the South Carolina Republican said on the news show.

“What is the national security reason to unmask Gen. Flynn in transition? I can’t think of one. But, I do believe, given their behavior, they’re looking to get rid of Flynn and if they used our intelligence apparatus to basically act on a political vendetta, that’s chilling to every American and would be very wrong.”

14.05.2020 - 22:56 [ Wall Street Journal ]

More Than a Dozen Obama Officials Requested ‘Unmasking’ That Identified Michael Flynn in Intelligence Reports

The list includes then-Vice President Joe Biden and former CIA Director John Brennan; the requests came after Russian interference in U.S. election.

14.05.2020 - 22:48 [ Fox News ]

Unmasking’ requests number in thousands across administrations, as pols demand details

The numbers reflect how frequently national security and intelligence officials use this tool in their work. Unmasking occurs after U.S. citizens‘ conversations are incidentally picked up in conversations with foreign officials who are being monitored by the intelligence community. The U.S. citizens‘ identities are supposed to be protected if their participation is incidental and no wrongdoing is suspected. However, officials can determine the U.S. citizens‘ names through a process that is supposed to safeguard their rights. In the typical process, when officials are requesting the unmasking of an American, they do not necessarily know the identity of the person in advance.

14.05.2020 - 22:44 [ the Hill ]

Burr decision sends shock waves through Senate

Burr’s decision, which will go into effect on Friday, comes at a crucial moment for the committee. It’s expected to vote next week on Rep. John Ratcliffe’s nomination to be the next director of national intelligence and the committee is expected to release its final report on Russian interference in the 2016 election by the August recess.

14.05.2020 - 20:02 [ junge Welt ]

Griechenland: Klassenzimmer unter Beobachtung

So soll während der Coronakrise der Unterricht auch online übertragen werden.

13.05.2020 - 09:39 [ The Hill / Youtube ]

Saagar Enjeti: Obamagate is real and the media can’t just ignore it

Saagar Enjeti blasts former President Obama after it was revealed in transcripts he was the person who told then-deputy attorney general Sally Yates about Mike Flynn’s intercepted phone call with the Russian ambassador, Joe Biden responds to Flynn claims on Good Morning America.

13.05.2020 - 09:27 [ Fox News ]

Grenell declassifies names of Obama officials who ‘unmasked’ Flynn

Another source familiar with the intelligence told Fox News that Grenell is moving to declassify several pieces of intelligence in stages, with this being one part of it. Asked if former President Barack Obama’s name is on the list of officials involving in unmasking Flynn, the source would not say but stressed the list would make waves.

13.05.2020 - 09:22 [ Wall Street Journal ]

Intelligence Chief Declassifies Names of Obama Officials Who ‘Unmasked’ Flynn

President Trump’s top intelligence adviser has declassified and may release the names of Obama administration officials who requested the “unmasking” of former Trump national security adviser Mike Flynn, an action that identified him from intelligence reports following Mr. Trump’s election in 2016, a senior government official said.

Release of the list, which would be an unprecedented move, is likely to resurrect a partisan debate over an episode that had roiled the early days of Mr. Trump’s presidency …

13.05.2020 - 09:22 [ FoxWilmington.com ]

Rand Paul, citing Flynn case, proposes FISA amendment to curb surveillance of Americans

Sen. Rand Paul on Tuesday introduced an amendment to the House-passed Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act to protect Americans’ privacy, citing the case against former national security adviser Michael Flynn as an example of “abuse” and saying it “should never be allowed to happen again.”

Paul, R-Ky., who is an outspoken advocate for privacy reforms, proposed an amendment to the USA FREEDOM Reauthorization Act of 2020 – which passed the House on a bipartisan basis earlier this year – to protect Americans’ privacy, ensure due process and “reassert the Fourth Amendment.”

10.05.2020 - 16:53 [ the Hill ]

Senate revives surveillance brawl

The Senate is set to revive a fight over a shadowy surveillance court, bringing to a head a months-long stalemate that resulted in the lapse of three intelligence programs.

The looming debate, which will pit some of President Trump’s biggest allies against one another, comes on the heels of growing questions about the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) court after the Justice Department inspector general found widespread errors as part of an interim report on warrant applications.

10.05.2020 - 04:59 [ the Hill ]

McConnell urges Senate to reject changes to House-passed surveillance bill

(07.05.2020)

Under a deal struck by Senate leadership, senators will vote on three amendments: One from Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) preventing FISA warrants from being used against Americans, one from Sens. Mike Lee (R-Utah) and Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) on appointing outside advisers, and one from Sens. Steve Daines (R-Mont) and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) to prevent law enforcement from obtaining internet browsing and search history without a warrant.

10.05.2020 - 04:51 [ Reason.com ]

FISA Surveillance and Possible Reforms Are Back on the Senate’s Agenda

(07.05.2020)

Next week the Senate is poised to resurrect some federal surveillance powers that expired in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. A handful of senators are hoping to force through reforms to better protect Americans‘ privacy.

10.05.2020 - 04:09 [ the Hill ]

FBI director in ‚hot seat‘ as GOP demands reforms

Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.), a member of the Judiciary Committee with oversight of the FBI, noted that “we’ve got a problem at the FBI.”

“Clearly, we had some people, and maybe still have some people, that don’t understand the rule of law, and nothing’s been done,“ Kennedy said.

27.04.2020 - 11:23 [ Haaretz ]

Israeli Government Is Invading Our Privacy Under the Guise of Battling Coronavirus

Two weeks ago, the council had already discussed the possibility of a popular revolt and how the government could prevent an uprising against the authorities. Among other things, it considered how the state “could forestall dangers that could lead to widespread social unrest” that might spark protests against the government and state institutions.

It turns out that soldiers and officers from one of Military Intelligence’s classified intelligence gathering units gathered data and analyzed it for the task force that the National Security Council appointed for this purpose.

13.04.2020 - 12:58 [ Chuck Grassley, US Senator ]

FBI Ignored Early Warnings that Debunked Anti-Trump Dossier was Russian Disinformation

WASHINGTON – The “central and essential” evidence used to justify invasive surveillance of an American citizen in the FBI’s probe into Russian interference was, itself, an example of Russian interference, according to once-secret footnotes declassified at the urging of two U.S. Senators. The footnotes, part of the Justice Department Inspector General’s postmortem of the FBI’s flawed operation to spy on Trump campaign aide Carter Page, were released just hours after Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Chairman Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) renewed their push for transparency. The senators expect a fuller declassification in the coming days.

(…)

“It’s ironic that the Russian collusion narrative was fatally flawed because of Russian disinformation. These footnotes confirm that there was a direct Russian disinformation campaign in 2016, and there were ties between Russian intelligence and a presidential campaign – the Clinton campaign, not Trump’s.”

The IG report detailed how the FBI’s application for a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrant to spy on Page relied heavily on an unverified dossier compiled by former British spy Christopher Steele on behalf of Fusion GPS, which was conducting opposition research for the Clinton campaign and Democratic National Committee. According to Footnote 302, in October 2016, FBI investigators learned that one of Steele’s main sources was linked to the Russian Intelligence Service (RIS), and was rumored to be a former KGB/SVR officer. However, the FBI neglected to include this information in its application, which the FISA court approved that same month. Two months later, investigators learned that Glenn Simpson, the head of Fusion GPS, told a Justice Department attorney that he assessed the same source “was a RIS officer who was central in connecting Trump to Russia.” In January, the FISA warrant was renewed.

13.04.2020 - 12:12 [ Ron Johnson, US Senator / Wall Street Journal ]

Russian Disinformation Fed the FBI’s Trump Investigation

(10.04.2020)

Declassified footnotes to a Justice Department inspector general report show that the Federal Bureau of Investigation team investigating members of the Trump campaign received classified reports in 2017 identifying key pieces of the Steele dossier as products of a Russian disinformation campaign. This might be only the tip of the iceberg because other recently declassified information demonstrates that even more disinformation may have been planted in Christopher Steele’s reporting.

13.04.2020 - 11:41 [ Daily Caller ]

Oleg Deripaska Says He Hired Christopher Steele To Work On Research Project

(July 2, 2019)

Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska said he previously employed Christopher Steele, the author of the Trump dossier.
Deripaska said he hired Steele through his attorneys in London to work on an unspecific legal proceeding.
Steele investigated the Trump campaign on behalf of the Clinton campaign and DNC.

13.04.2020 - 11:31 [ CBS News ]

Footnotes in watchdog report indicate FBI knew of risk of Russian disinformation in Steele dossier

(10.04.2020)

Footnote 350 in the IG report addresses the FBI’s knowledge of Russian contacts with Steele and the potential for disinformation. Steele had „frequent contacts with representatives for multiple Russian oligarchs, we identified reporting the Crossfire Hurricane team received from (redacted) indicating the potential for Russian disinformation influencing Steele’s election reporting.“

The footnote also indicates that warnings to the FBI’s Russia probe became more pronounced over time.

13.04.2020 - 11:28 [ Washington Post ]

4 takeaways from the brutal new report on FBI surveillance

(31.03.2020)

The FBI’s surveillance of Americans including former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page isn’t exactly the issue du jour amid a global pandemic. But on Tuesday, a brutal inspector general’s report suggested that this will be something that the bureau and Congress will have to reckon with in the near future.

12.04.2020 - 08:54 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

WikiLeaks boss Julian Assange fathered two children inside the Ecuadorian embassy with lawyer, 37, who fell in love with him while helping his fight against extradition to the US

Now, in a world exclusive interview, Miss Morris reveals how:

Assange watched both children being born in London hospitals via live video link and met Gabriel when he was smuggled into the embassy;

They believe American intelligence agencies tried to steal Gabriel’s DNA from a nappy after becoming suspicious that Assange was his father;

26.03.2020 - 22:29 [ The Hill ]

Space Force launches first mission

The U.S. Space Force conducted its first launch Thursday, sending a military communications satellite into orbit. At 4:18 p.m., a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket blasted the sixth Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) satellite into space from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

23.03.2020 - 07:52 [ CNN ]

In the battle against coronavirus, personal privacy is at risk

When Declan Chan arrived in Hong Kong from Zurich on March 17 after six weeks overseas, city officials made him put on a plain-looking white wristband and download an app called StayHomeSafe before he exited the airport.
He was told to register on the app once he got home, which would start a 14-day countdown, and walk to all four corners of his apartment so it could capture the location and confines of his home.

12.03.2020 - 13:41 [ New York Times ]

Trial of Programmer Accused in C.I.A. Leak Ends in Hung Jury

Prosecutors were careful to avoid details about specific operations. During cross-examination, Ms. Shroff asked one C.I.A. witness: “Do you recall a time when the C.I.A. covertly tried to read Angela Merkel’s emails?” referring to the German chancellor.

The government objected, and the judge stopped the witness from answering.

12.03.2020 - 13:01 [ DailyDot.com ]

What Chelsea Manning teaches us about the U.S. military’s mental health crisis

(17.01.2017)

In Iraq, a sign hung above the desks of the targeting analysts in the intelligence shop where Manning worked: “If you think for one second you can come in here and bug us with sissy shit you might want to rethink your pathetic life.”

12.03.2020 - 12:38 [ Rand Paul, US Senator / Twitter ]

We must have reform and stop abusing the rights of Americans.

12.03.2020 - 12:22 [ Thomas Massie, Abgeordneter im US Repräsentantenhaus / Twitter ]

I just left the floor where I spoke out against the Patriot Act/FISA Reauthorization. Video below:

(11.03.2020)

12.03.2020 - 11:13 [ The Hill ]

Paul, Lee urging Trump to kill House FISA deal

Sens. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and Mike Lee (R-Utah) are working to kill a House deal to reauthorize expiring intelligence programs and reform the surveillance court, throwing up an eleventh hour roadblock to the agreement.

10.03.2020 - 06:12 [ Rand Paul, US Senator / Twitter ]

I couldn’t agree more. Real reform or nothing this week.

10.03.2020 - 06:01 [ Mike Lee, US Senator / Twitter ]

The #deepstate spied on @realDonaldTrump . PATRIOT Act §215 makes it easier for the feds to spy on Americans. FISA should be used to stop foreign terrorists, not spy on U.S. citizens. Absent major FISA reform, we should let 215 expire this week! #Veto215

10.03.2020 - 05:12 [ Politico.com ]

House leaders near deal to renew federal surveillance powers

House leaders are closing in on a bipartisan deal to renew a set of federal surveillance powers expiring this weekend, but no final agreement has been reached, according to lawmakers and aides of both parties.

08.03.2020 - 11:51 [ theHill.com ]

Rand Paul looms as wild card in surveillance fight

Paul, a libertarian-minded Republican, is pushing for broader surveillance court reforms to be included as part of any bill that reauthorizes or extends the expiring provisions of the USA Freedom Act, a 2015 law that overhauled the country’s intelligence programs.

„The time is ripe now. It’s an inflection point. You’ve got Republicans coming around to this,“ Paul said.

07.03.2020 - 20:39 [ New York Times ]

Erik Prince Recruits Ex-Spies to Help Infiltrate Liberal Groups

(today)

One of the former spies, an ex-MI6 officer named Richard Seddon, helped run a 2017 operation to copy files and record conversations in a Michigan office of the American Federation of Teachers, one of the largest teachers’ unions in the nation. Mr. Seddon directed an undercover operative to secretly tape the union’s local leaders and try to gather information that could be made public to damage the organization, documents show.