The spy software – known as Pegasus and made by the Israeli firm NSO Group – is only sold to governments, supposedly for use against terrorists and criminals. But an investigation by researchers at the University of Toronto revealed that it was deployed against Mexican anti-corruption crusaders, journalists investigating the president, and activists pushing for a soda tax.
The supercomputer described in the trove, “WindsorGreen,” was a system designed to excel at the sort of complex mathematics that underlies encryption, the technology that keeps data private, and almost certainly intended for use by the Defense Department’s signals intelligence wing, the National Security Agency. WindsorGreen was the successor to another password-cracking machine used by the NSA, “WindsorBlue,” which was also documented in the material leaked from NYU and which had been previously described in the Norwegian press thanks to a document provided by National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden. Both systems were intended for use by the Pentagon and a select few other Western governments, including Canada and Norway.
The documents, published Monday in collaboration with Japanese news broadcaster NHK, reveal the complicated relationship the NSA has maintained with Japan over a period of more than six decades. Japan has allowed NSA to maintain at least three bases on its territory and contributed more than half a billion dollars to help finance the NSA’s facilities and operations. In return, NSA has kitted out Japanese spies with powerful surveillance tools and shared intelligence with them. However, there is a duplicitous dimension to the partnership. While the NSA has maintained friendly ties with its Japanese counterparts and benefited from their financial generosity, at the same time it has secretly spied on Japanese officials and institutions.
From Russian hacking to WikiLeaks, Edward Snowden and CIA cyber weapons, does digital surveillance mean the end of privacy?
Yesterday, WikiLeaks released its latest batch of pilfered CIA material, five documents describing malicious software for taking over Apple MacBooks and iPhones, and wrote in an accompanying post that “the CIA has been infecting the iPhone supply chain of its targets,” prompting concerned readers to wonder if their iPhone or MacBook had been infected on the factory floor. In a statement, Apple says that is almost certainly not the case.
A new report from Rand Corp. may help shed light on the government’s arsenal of malicious software, including the size of its stockpile of so-called “zero days” — hacks that hit undisclosed vulnerabilities in computers, smartphones, and other digital devices.The report also provides evidence that such vulnerabilities are long lasting. The findings are of particular interest because not much is known about the U.S. government’s controversial use of zero days.
Los alcaldes de las comunas acomodadas del sector oriente de Santiago han liderado una iniciativa por sumar tecnología de vigilancia a las medidas para reducir la delincuencia. Esta tendencia fue estrenada por las comunas de Lo Barnechea y Las Condes a mediados del año 2015, al instalar tres globos de video vigilancia de naturaleza militar en sus comunas. Luego de las elecciones municipales de 2016, el alcalde Felipe Alessandri anunció que un globo de similares características sería instalado en la comuna de Santiago, cuya implementación sigue pendiente. Este año el debate ha vuelto a la palestra pública luego del anuncio de las municipalidades de Las Condes y Providencia, quienes pretenden utilizar drones a control remoto equipados cámaras de alta resolución para vigilar los parques y calles de sus comunas para reducir la tasa de criminalidad.
It’s plausible, and in my opinion likely, that hackers under orders from the Russian government were responsible for the DNC and Podesta hacks in order to influence the U.S. election in favor of Donald Trump. But the Grizzly Steppe report fails to adequately back up this claim. My research, for example, shows that much of the evidence presented is evidence of nothing at all.
Los senadores del bloque del Partido Justicialista-Frente para la Victoria decidieron no respaldar la reforma electoral impulsada por el Gobierno, que había sido incluida en el temario de la convocatoria a Sesiones Extraordinarias. La decisión fue acordada con los gobernadores peronistas tras una reunión en el Congreso.
Policymakers have given a great deal of attention to the cyber security of governments, critical infrastructure, military targets and commercial enterprises. But civil society groups are also under threat, including human rights defenders, environmental activists, political watchdogs, and other groups promoting the rule of law and democracy.What can be done about these digital threats to civil society around the world?
“Se recogieron las objeciones que los expertos informáticos presentaron en las reuniones de Comisión en cuanto a la alta vulnerabilidad de algunos de los métodos electrónicos propuestos, lo cual determina la imposibilidad del apoyo al proyecto tal cual fue aprobado por la Cámara de Diputados”, sentenciaron los senadores en un comunicado para justificar su rechazo.
In an exclusive tour of the new lab, Fortune got a glimpse of Law & Order in the digital age. The lab is Exhibit A in how America’s biggest city is embracing big data analytics and a dash of hacker culture to solve complex crimes. It also raises hard questions about how to balance these sophisticated crime-fighting tools with civil liberties.
Las abajo firmantes, organizaciones dedicadas a la defensa de los derechos humanos y civiles en entornos tecnológicos, expresamos nuestra profunda preocupación por el proyecto de ley argentino para la incorporación de tecnologías informáticas en la emisión del voto.Seguidamente, detallaremos tres puntos clave del proyecto aprobado en la Cámara de Diputados Argentina que tendrían un impacto negativo en los derechos fundamentales de los ciudadanos.
Hillary Clinton’s advisers recognized that her policy position on encryption was problematic, with one writing that it was tantamount to insisting that there was “‘some way’ to do the impossible.”Instead, according to campaign emails released by Wikileaks, they suggested that the campaign signal its willingness to use “malware” or “super code breaking by the NSA” to get around encryption.
Contrary to a denial by Yahoo and a report by the New York Times, the company’s scanning program, revealed earlier this week by Reuters, provided the government with a custom-built back door into the company’s mail service — and it was so sloppily installed that it posed a privacy hazard for hundreds of millions of users, according to a former Yahoo employee with knowledge of the company’s security practices.
A un año de las elecciones legislativas, y a tres meses de que pueda legalizarse el voto electrónico en todo el país, Noticias Urbanas consultó a expertos informáticos para conocer más sobre la BUE.
Harris Corp.’s Stingray surveillance device has been one of the most closely-guarded secrets in law enforcement for more than 15 years. The company and its police clients across the United States have fought to keep information about the mobile-phone-monitoring boxes from the public against which they are used. The Intercept has obtained several Harris instruction manuals spanning roughly 200 pages and meticulously detailing how to create a cellular surveillance dragnet.
in the heart of the tranquil English countryside, is the National Security Agency’s largest overseas spying base. Originally used to monitor Soviet communications through the Cold War, its focus has since dramatically shifted, and today it is a vital part of the NSA’s sprawling global surveillance network.
Un grupo de hackers vinculado a la Agencia de Seguridad Nacional de los Estados Unidos, mejor conocida como la NSA (National Security Agency), ha sido hackeado recientemente y sus herramientas de espionaje, recolección de información, malware y más, han sido puestas en venta por 1 millón de bitcoins (más de 550 millones de dólares al momento de la publicación).
Un grupo de hackers dice haber obtenido información confidencial de Equation Group, un conocido y sofisticado grupo de ciber atacantes ligado a la NSA. Parte de la información publicada permite por primera vez echar un vistazo a las herramientas utilizadas por la agencia de seguridad estadounidense.
The bulk collection of personal data by British spy agencies is vital in preventing terrorist attacks, an independent review of draft security legislation has found.David Anderson QC, the independent reviewer of terrorism legislation, concluded that laws giving MI5, MI6 and GCHQ the right to gather large volumes of data from members of the public had a “clear operational purpose”.
The new feature is just the latest move towards more widespread encryption in consumer technology products following Apple’s standoff with the FBI earlier in 2016, in which it refused to help the agency weaken its own security processes to access information on an iPhone belonging to a terrorist. Facebook and Google both pledged support for Apple during the fight, and both are subsequently reported to be planning encrypted versions of their messaging apps.
Encryption is finally mainstream.Government officials and technologists have been debating since the early 1990s whether to limit the strength of encryption to help the law-enforcement and intelligence communities monitor suspects’ communications. But until early 2016, this was a mostly esoteric fight, relegated to academic conferences, security agencies’ C-suites, and the back rooms of Capitol Hill.Everything changed in mid-February, when President Barack Obama’s Justice Department, investigating the terrorists who carried out the San Bernardino, California, shooting, asked a federal judge to force Apple to help the Federal Bureau of Investigation unlock one attacker’s iPhone.What followed was an unexpectedly rancorous and unprecedentedly public fight over how far the government should go to pierce and degrade commercial security technology in its quest to protect Americans from terrorism.
Although the police in Cairo sealed off parts of the Egyptian capital where protests scheduled on Facebook were to have taken place on Monday, opposition activists managed to stage brief rallies that resembled flash mobs, calling for an end to military rule and the cancellation of a deal to surrender two islands to Saudi Arabia.The fact that Facebook is now so closely monitored by the security forces prompted one leading activist to offer an online tutorial in how to use a new tool, the encrypted messaging app Signal, to help protesters find each other on the city’s streets, and stay one step ahead of the authorities.
For an authoritarian government looking to tighten control of an unruly internet, who better to call than the architect of China’s “great firewall”? That was the thinking of Konstantin Malofeev, a multimillionaire with close links to the Kremlin and Russian Orthodox Church, who has become a key player in Moscow’s drive to tame the web and limit America’s digital influence.
La problemática institucional entorno al voto electrónico continúa. Desde su lanzamiento, la Oficina Nacional de Procesos Electorales (ONPE) no ha podido defenderlo con fundamentos sólidos: le han cuestionado la falta de auditorías públicas, como también que muchos electores no sabían ni siquiera que iban a votar mediante este sistema. En consecuencia, esta semana (a días de los comicios) la ONPE ha emitido una nota de prensa donde informa la reducción de los distritos que votarán con el cuestionado sistema. Esta medida, en parte acertada, demuestra demasiada improvisación a pocos días de practicar el acto principal de la vida democrática de nuestro país.
With the court filing, Silicon Valley and Washington are poised to return to a cold war over the balance between privacy and law enforcement in the age of apps
Revealed: After postponing a court hearing with Apple, the FBI is testing a new technique which Apple says they will pressure government to reveal
Paraguay y Uruguay están inmersos en la polémica tras haber adquirido distintos software avanzados para intervenir comunicaciones como parte de su estrategia nacional de seguridad, un tema que se debate entre la defensa de la privacidad de los ciudadanos y las tácticas para identificar a posibles cibercriminales. Lo anterior pone en duda ¿hasta dónde es válida la vigilancia de comunicaciones privadas por parte de los Estados?
The news this week that a magistrate ordered Apple to help the FBI hack an iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino shooter suspects has polarized the nation—and also generated some misinformation. In the interest of clarifying the facts and correcting some misinformation, we’ve pulled together a summary of the issues at hand.