Ex-Yahoo Employee: Government Spy Program Could Have Given a Hacker Access to All Email

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.

Fuente: Ex-Yahoo Employee: Government Spy Program Could Have Given a Hacker Access to All Email


Yahoo email surveillance: who approved the secret scanning program? | Technology | The Guardian

By what legal authority do the National Security Agency and the FBI ask Yahoo to search its users’ emails? Neither the government nor the tech company would say, after Reuters first reported on Tuesday that Yahoo “secretly built a custom software program” it used on behalf of the NSA and CIA to scan customer emails.

Fuente: Yahoo email surveillance: who approved the secret scanning program? | Technology | The Guardian


Yahoo may have let the government spy on emails. Now will we embrace encryption? | Trevor Timm | Opinion | The Guardian

Finally, Yahoo’s possible betrayal of its users is another example of why whistleblowers and leaks to the press are so important. The US government considers this type of surveillance “legal” even though it shocks the conscience of many ordinary Americans and dozens of civil liberties groups have been attempting to have courts rule it illegal for years.

Fuente: Yahoo may have let the government spy on emails. Now will we embrace encryption? | Trevor Timm | Opinion | The Guardian


Yahoo secretly monitored emails on behalf of the US government – report | Technology | The Guardian

Yahoo last year secretly built a custom software program to search all of its customers’ incoming emails for specific information provided by US intelligence officials, sources have told Reuters.The company complied with a classified US government directive, scanning hundreds of millions of Yahoo Mail accounts at the behest of the National Security Agency (NSA) or FBI, said two former employees and a third person who knew about the programme.

Fuente: Yahoo secretly monitored emails on behalf of the US government – report | Technology | The Guardian


FBI Says Edward Snowden Is Reason Companies Are Resisting Handing Over Phone Records

Companies became more resistant to the FBI’s collection of their customers’ information following revelations by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, according to an inspector general report released Thursday.

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Hacking Team Is Back In Business, But Struggling To Survive | Motherboard

Earlier this year, a representative for the notorious surveillance vendor Hacking Team traveled to South America to pitch the company’s marquee spyware product to a potential new customer.The representative gave a presentation at the office of a government agency, showed off the spyware control center, and handed out some marketing materials.It was an unremarkable sales pitch—affirmed by the fact that the potential client decided not to buy, according to a source who attended the meeting—except for the timing, which was almost six months after what some consider Hacking Team’s near-death experience.

Fuente: Hacking Team Is Back In Business, But Struggling To Survive | Motherboard


De Wikileaks a Mexicoleaks – horizontal

De Wikileaks a Mexicoleaks – horizontal.

Antonio Martínez Velázquez
La aparición de la plataforma Mexicoleaks plantea algunas preguntas acerca de su éxito como instrumento político. La experiencia de Wikileaks nos indica que los retos serán mayúsculos y que la coalición presentada deberá sortear la presión de sus enemigos.

Después de la filtración de cientos de miles de cables diplomáticos del Departamento de Estado de los Estados Unidos, Wikileaks llegó a la cúspide de su éxito. El modelo fue imaginado por Julian Assange en un oscuro ensayo escrito en el año 2006, en el que postula una suerte de teoría crítica del Estado y una solución al problema de dicha organización: el Estado es una conspiración sostenida por la comunicación secreta entre sus partes y para terminar con esta basta con exhibir el contenido de la conjura. Ocho años después de su puesta en operaciones, Wikileaks no puede declararse triunfador si la unidad de medida es la consecución de sus fines. Su éxito ha estado definido por oposición.


Edward Snowden: state surveillance in Britain has no limits | World news | The Guardian

Edward Snowden: state surveillance in Britain has no limits | World news | The Guardian.

Whistleblower and former NSA analyst says UK regulation allows GCHQ snooping to go beyond anything seen in US
 Edward Snowden
John Naughton interviews Edward Snowden via Skype at the Observer Festival of Ideas Photograph: Alicia Canter For The Guardian for the Guardian

The UK authorities are operating a surveillance system where “anything goes” and their interceptions are more intrusive to people’s privacy than has been seen in the US, Edward Snowden said.

Speaking via Skype at the Observer Ideas festival, held in central London, the whistleblower and former National Security Agency specialist, said there were “really no limits” to the GCHQ’s surveillance capabilities.

He said: “In the UK … is the system of regulation where anything goes. They collect everything that might be interesting. It’s up to the government to justify why it needs this. It’s not up to you to justify why it doesn’t … This is where the danger is, when we think about … evidence being gathered against us but we don’t have the opportunity to challenge that in courts. It undermines the entire system of justice.”

He also said he thought that the lack of coverage by the UK papers of the story, or the hostile coverage of it, other than by the Guardian, “did a disservice to the public”.

His appearance at the festival on Sunday marked the end of a weekend of almost frenetic social activity by his highly reclusive standards: he appeared at two public events and was the absent star of Laura Poitras’ documentary, Citizenfour, which premiered in New York on Friday.

Collectively, the events revealed a more rounded, human, portrait of the former NSA analyst than had been seen before, and offered a few telling glimpses of what his life was now like in Moscow.


Six things we know from the latest FinFisher documents | Privacy International

Six things we know from the latest FinFisher documents | Privacy International.

The publishing of materials from a support server belonging to surveillance-industry giant Gamma International has provided a trove of information for technologists, security researchers and activists. This has given the world a direct insight into a tight-knit industry, which demands secrecy for themselves and their clients, but ultimately assists in the violation human rights of ordinary people without care or reproach.

Now for the first time, there is solid confirmation of Gamma’s activities from inside the company’s own files, despite their denials, on their clients and support provided to a range of governments.

The Anglo-German company Gamma International is widely known for the intrusion software suite FinFisher, which was spun off into its own German-based company “FinFisher GmbH” sometime in 2013. The 40GB dump of internal documents, brochures, pricelists, logs, and support queries were made available through a Torrent first linked to on a Reddit post by the alleged hacker, who also set up a Twitter handle posting the documents.

While these documents do provide insight into FinFisher, Privacy International does not support any attempt to compromise the security of any company’s network or servers. Greater transparency is needed from this sector, and from Governments on this growing industry to ensure that every businesses obligation to respect human rights is met.

Some documents provide new information; others support and verify previous claims about the company. Privacy International is still reviewing and analysing all the documents, so we expect more information to come out of these documents in the near future.