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David Sandoval 2018-05-30
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Although he didn’t know it at the time, the upcoming presidential transition would make the retired Air Force general and director of national intelligence more famous than he ever was when he worked in government.

He never intended to write a memoir; indeed, when I spent weeks interviewing Clapper and following him around before the election for what at the time was the sole long-form profile of him ever written, he told me that his only real hopes after leaving office were to fade into private life and clean out his basement.

Retirement from public life ended up coming at a worrisome time for him, he writes.

The America he had long sworn to protect turned out to be under unprecedented assault from within.

“We have elected someone as president of the United States whose first instincts are to twist and distort truth to his advantage, to generate financial benefit to himself and his family, and, in doing so, to demean the values this country has stood for.”

While his book doesn’t shrink from direct criticism of the new president and an administration that prizes “alternative facts” and condemns all dissenting views as “fake news,” the most insightful and important part of Clapper’s book is not the two chapters at the end on Russia and Trump’s election—which no doubt accounts for how his memoir hit No.

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Jonathan Godbey 2016-12-09

Germany's BfV said there is "growing evidence for attempts to influence the federal election next year."

Germany's Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution intelligence agency has noted an increase in Russian propaganda and targeted cyberattacks

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Germany's domestic intelligence agency has observed a significant increase in Russian propaganda designed to destabilise German society and aggressive targeted cyberattacks ahead of the country's 2017 election.

On Thursday 11 December , Germany's BfV intelligence agency warned of "growing evidence for attempts to influence the federal election next year".

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Shane Higgins 2017-01-17
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After years of fighting with FOIA requesters, the CIA has finally uploaded over 12 million documents to its website.

While many of the documents have been declassified for some time, the pages were intentionally hard to access, and only available on a few computers sitting at the National Archives.

But now, anyone can search the documents from anywhere.

We ve been working on this for a very long time and this is one of the things I wanted to make sure got done before I left, the CIA s Joseph Lambert told Jason Leopold from BuzzFeed.

Lambert will be retiring soon after 32 years with the agency.

The files contain everything from the CIA s strange mind control experiments to reports on Communist activity around the world.

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Troy Schindler 2021-02-16
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'Don't give out the location!!'

Everyone has a quirky personal interest or two, but few have pursuits that would move us to drive to Exmouth amid a national lockdown that dishes out fines for non-essential travel.…

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Eric Erikson 2017-03-17
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Also, yes, we can handle the CIA, says F-Secure lead researcher Jarno Niemelä

Interview The very software that is supposed to protect your security is an under-appreciated threat to privacy because of the massive amount of data many products secretly gather on customers, according to F-Secure's Jarno Niemelä.

Niemelä also told told The Register that despite the dismissive claim in the recent WikiLeaks' release of CIA documents, namely that “F-Secure has generally been a lower tier product that causes us minimal difficulty,” the company is confident it can handle intelligence agencies' espionage efforts.

Speaking to us at this year's IAPP's Europe Data Protection Intensive 2017 in London, Niemelä, who's the lead researcher at F-Secure labs, said his company had not been significantly offended by the mention: “Obviously we have only the leaked notes to go on with, but as far as we can see basically what they're talking about is the gateway product — so basically mail filters.”

Niemelä added “they are products, so anybody can buy them, and anybody with enough time can figure out some kind of mistake there.

That's a fact of life, it's software, bugs happen, and then any attacker with enough resources will be able to find a way of bypassing that.”

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Keith Brewton 2017-10-19
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A bomb-sniffing pup just couldn't make the cut for the CIA's explosive detection canine training program.

The intelligence agency said in a blog post Wednesday that Lulu, part of the fall 2017 "puppy class," began to show signs "she wasn’t interested in detecting explosive odors" after a few weeks into training.

Puppies in the program, like human students in the classrooms, can have good and bad days when learning something new.

"A pup might begin acting lazy, guessing where the odors are, or just showing a general disregard for whatever is being taught at the moment," according to the blog post.

Usually that can last a day or two.

When a dog in the program has a "bad day," their trainers try to figure out what will help the pup get back on track.

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James Kiley 2021-01-13
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Is that The X-Files theme we hear?

Everyone needs a hobby, and for one John Greenewald Jr that's archiving declassified US government documents on his website, The Black Vault, which has this week published what the CIA claims is everything it has on UFOs.…

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John Dumlao 2017-01-19

You can now read about how the CIA uses the data it has gathered on Americans.

The agency on Wednesday published its rules for data collection on American citizens, updating them for the digital age and making them readily available for the first time.

The CIA collects information in huge swaths that are perhaps impossible to comb through.

The agency's guidelines lay out plans to ensure that the agency only holds onto U.S. citizen data it believes it needs to keep.

"...specifically designated officials must document the purpose of the collection activity, how the data was acquired, what steps were taken to limit the collection to the smallest subset containing the information necessary to achieve the purpose of the collection, and further determine how sensitive the acquired data is so that appropriate controls regarding access, querying, and retention may be imposed," the guidelines say.

The rules also outline, in vague terms, the limits on who has access to some of the citizen data stored by the CIA.

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Cedric Sams 2017-05-12
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p US intelligence agencies are reportedly tracking Kaspersky Labs and its software as US Senators raised concerns over Russian spies using the firm's products to spy on Americans.

Six of America's top intelligence agencies, during a Senate hearing on external threats to the US, spoke about their concerns over the cybersecurity firm's Russian roots and broad presence, according to reports.

"We are tracking Kaspersky and their software," Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) Director Vincent Stewart said, according to Reuters.

Stewart also said that the agency and its private contractors are reportedly avoiding using Kaspersky products.

The Guardian reported Stewart as saying, "There is, as well as I know, no Kaspersky software on our networks."

The CIA (Central Intelligence Agency), the NSA (National Security Agency), the FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigation), the NGIA (National Geospatial Intelligence Agency) and the DNI (Director of National Intelligence) were also among the agencies who expressed concerns over the matter.

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Bruce Garland 2021-01-11
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Security researchers have found links between the attackers and Turla, a sophisticated team suspected of operating out of Moscow’s FSB intelligence agency.
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Arthur Morgan 2021-01-22
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The Defense Intelligence Agency separates information on US residents, according to The New York Times, but can search the data with permission.
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Theodore Davis 2016-05-18
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news claims that the agency's Inspector General managed to delete both the uploaded copy of the Senate's torture report and a disk that contained the office's backup of the report, along with "thousands" of other classified intelligence files related to the report.

The report cited unnamed sources in claiming that the documents were wiped last summer, but word of the incident had not been released to the public.

The agency does have other copies of the report outside of the Inspector General's office.

The 2014 report, which totals 6,700 pages, has not been released in full, though the Senate has posted a summary report outlining the findings of the committee.

Whistleblower Edward Snowden was less than accepting of the explanation that the files were deleted inadvertently.

Snowden Tweet

This wouldn't be the first time the CIA has been accused of misconduct in relation to the Senate's investigation of the agency's use of "enhanced interrogation" techniques when extracting intelligence from terror suspects.

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Edward Lambert 2017-03-08
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According to WikiLeaks, the CIA uses a program called Weeping Angel to turn Americans' Samsung smart televisions into bugs that work even when they are powered down.

See more cartoons: WikiLeaks For Marriage' Reveals The Ugly Inner Workings Of Domestic Bliss

35 Cartoons On How Technology Gets Us Hooked

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John Johannes 2016-09-27
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If you are concerned about privacy laws and think government agencies should get warrants before conducting any phone or internet communications surveillance, odds are high you re not a Swiss citizen.

This past weekend an overwhelming majority of Swiss voters voted in favor of a broad expansion in government surveillance, according to Ars Technica.

The new powers are supposed to be used only by the Service de renseignement de la Confédération SRC , Switzerland s intelligence agency, and only against terrorism, espionage, the spreading of arms of mass destruction, and attacks on national infrastructure.

Per the new law, which the government predicted would only need to be used about 10 times a year, the SRC can install malware on computers, secretly monitor phone and internet communications, and install microphones and video cameras in private spaces.

The law requires approval for any covered action by the defense minister, the national cabinet, and the Federal Administrative Court.

Approval can be given after the action is taken in urgent cases.

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Kyle Greathouse 2019-11-01

Chinese manufacturing giant, Huawei, has been at loggerheads with the US on multiple issues.

It believes that Huawei’s 5G is not safe and has backdoors.

Some weeks ago, reports out of Germany claims that the German government will allow Huawei to participate in its 5G construction.

In response to the reports, the US said that if Germany allows Huawei to participate in its 5G network construction, it will reassess its intelligence sharing with Germany.

Now, a recent report claims that the German intelligence agency (BND) expresses concerns over Huawei’s 5G.

German intelligence agency (BND) accuses Huawei of having direct contact with the Chinese government.

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Keith Hake 2016-08-01
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Spyware virus could turn on webcams and microphones, claims Russian intelligence agency.

Russian authorities claim to have found evidence of a targeted cyber espionage attack on 20 organisations across the country.

Russia's Federal Security Service FSB intelligence agency posted the claim on its website, and said the spyware virus was spread via an email with a malicious attachment.

It said the virus targeted scientific and military institutions and parts of the country's critical national infrastructure.

The virus is able to take screenshots, turn on webcams and microphones and record what's being typed, the FSB said.

It did not say who it thought was responsible for the attack.

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David Sandoval 2018-05-30
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Although he didn’t know it at the time, the upcoming presidential transition would make the retired Air Force general and director of national intelligence more famous than he ever was when he worked in government.

He never intended to write a memoir; indeed, when I spent weeks interviewing Clapper and following him around before the election for what at the time was the sole long-form profile of him ever written, he told me that his only real hopes after leaving office were to fade into private life and clean out his basement.

Retirement from public life ended up coming at a worrisome time for him, he writes.

The America he had long sworn to protect turned out to be under unprecedented assault from within.

“We have elected someone as president of the United States whose first instincts are to twist and distort truth to his advantage, to generate financial benefit to himself and his family, and, in doing so, to demean the values this country has stood for.”

While his book doesn’t shrink from direct criticism of the new president and an administration that prizes “alternative facts” and condemns all dissenting views as “fake news,” the most insightful and important part of Clapper’s book is not the two chapters at the end on Russia and Trump’s election—which no doubt accounts for how his memoir hit No.

Shane Higgins 2017-01-17
img

After years of fighting with FOIA requesters, the CIA has finally uploaded over 12 million documents to its website.

While many of the documents have been declassified for some time, the pages were intentionally hard to access, and only available on a few computers sitting at the National Archives.

But now, anyone can search the documents from anywhere.

We ve been working on this for a very long time and this is one of the things I wanted to make sure got done before I left, the CIA s Joseph Lambert told Jason Leopold from BuzzFeed.

Lambert will be retiring soon after 32 years with the agency.

The files contain everything from the CIA s strange mind control experiments to reports on Communist activity around the world.

Eric Erikson 2017-03-17
img

Also, yes, we can handle the CIA, says F-Secure lead researcher Jarno Niemelä

Interview The very software that is supposed to protect your security is an under-appreciated threat to privacy because of the massive amount of data many products secretly gather on customers, according to F-Secure's Jarno Niemelä.

Niemelä also told told The Register that despite the dismissive claim in the recent WikiLeaks' release of CIA documents, namely that “F-Secure has generally been a lower tier product that causes us minimal difficulty,” the company is confident it can handle intelligence agencies' espionage efforts.

Speaking to us at this year's IAPP's Europe Data Protection Intensive 2017 in London, Niemelä, who's the lead researcher at F-Secure labs, said his company had not been significantly offended by the mention: “Obviously we have only the leaked notes to go on with, but as far as we can see basically what they're talking about is the gateway product — so basically mail filters.”

Niemelä added “they are products, so anybody can buy them, and anybody with enough time can figure out some kind of mistake there.

That's a fact of life, it's software, bugs happen, and then any attacker with enough resources will be able to find a way of bypassing that.”

James Kiley 2021-01-13
img

Is that The X-Files theme we hear?

Everyone needs a hobby, and for one John Greenewald Jr that's archiving declassified US government documents on his website, The Black Vault, which has this week published what the CIA claims is everything it has on UFOs.…

Cedric Sams 2017-05-12
img

p US intelligence agencies are reportedly tracking Kaspersky Labs and its software as US Senators raised concerns over Russian spies using the firm's products to spy on Americans.

Six of America's top intelligence agencies, during a Senate hearing on external threats to the US, spoke about their concerns over the cybersecurity firm's Russian roots and broad presence, according to reports.

"We are tracking Kaspersky and their software," Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) Director Vincent Stewart said, according to Reuters.

Stewart also said that the agency and its private contractors are reportedly avoiding using Kaspersky products.

The Guardian reported Stewart as saying, "There is, as well as I know, no Kaspersky software on our networks."

The CIA (Central Intelligence Agency), the NSA (National Security Agency), the FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigation), the NGIA (National Geospatial Intelligence Agency) and the DNI (Director of National Intelligence) were also among the agencies who expressed concerns over the matter.

Arthur Morgan 2021-01-22
img
The Defense Intelligence Agency separates information on US residents, according to The New York Times, but can search the data with permission.
Edward Lambert 2017-03-08
img

According to WikiLeaks, the CIA uses a program called Weeping Angel to turn Americans' Samsung smart televisions into bugs that work even when they are powered down.

See more cartoons: WikiLeaks For Marriage' Reveals The Ugly Inner Workings Of Domestic Bliss

35 Cartoons On How Technology Gets Us Hooked

Kyle Greathouse 2019-11-01

Chinese manufacturing giant, Huawei, has been at loggerheads with the US on multiple issues.

It believes that Huawei’s 5G is not safe and has backdoors.

Some weeks ago, reports out of Germany claims that the German government will allow Huawei to participate in its 5G construction.

In response to the reports, the US said that if Germany allows Huawei to participate in its 5G network construction, it will reassess its intelligence sharing with Germany.

Now, a recent report claims that the German intelligence agency (BND) expresses concerns over Huawei’s 5G.

German intelligence agency (BND) accuses Huawei of having direct contact with the Chinese government.

Jonathan Godbey 2016-12-09

Germany's BfV said there is "growing evidence for attempts to influence the federal election next year."

Germany's Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution intelligence agency has noted an increase in Russian propaganda and targeted cyberattacks

To continue providing news and award winning journalism, we rely on advertising revenue.

To continue reading, please turn off your ad blocker or whitelist us.

Germany's domestic intelligence agency has observed a significant increase in Russian propaganda designed to destabilise German society and aggressive targeted cyberattacks ahead of the country's 2017 election.

On Thursday 11 December , Germany's BfV intelligence agency warned of "growing evidence for attempts to influence the federal election next year".

Troy Schindler 2021-02-16
img

'Don't give out the location!!'

Everyone has a quirky personal interest or two, but few have pursuits that would move us to drive to Exmouth amid a national lockdown that dishes out fines for non-essential travel.…

Keith Brewton 2017-10-19
img

A bomb-sniffing pup just couldn't make the cut for the CIA's explosive detection canine training program.

The intelligence agency said in a blog post Wednesday that Lulu, part of the fall 2017 "puppy class," began to show signs "she wasn’t interested in detecting explosive odors" after a few weeks into training.

Puppies in the program, like human students in the classrooms, can have good and bad days when learning something new.

"A pup might begin acting lazy, guessing where the odors are, or just showing a general disregard for whatever is being taught at the moment," according to the blog post.

Usually that can last a day or two.

When a dog in the program has a "bad day," their trainers try to figure out what will help the pup get back on track.

John Dumlao 2017-01-19

You can now read about how the CIA uses the data it has gathered on Americans.

The agency on Wednesday published its rules for data collection on American citizens, updating them for the digital age and making them readily available for the first time.

The CIA collects information in huge swaths that are perhaps impossible to comb through.

The agency's guidelines lay out plans to ensure that the agency only holds onto U.S. citizen data it believes it needs to keep.

"...specifically designated officials must document the purpose of the collection activity, how the data was acquired, what steps were taken to limit the collection to the smallest subset containing the information necessary to achieve the purpose of the collection, and further determine how sensitive the acquired data is so that appropriate controls regarding access, querying, and retention may be imposed," the guidelines say.

The rules also outline, in vague terms, the limits on who has access to some of the citizen data stored by the CIA.

Bruce Garland 2021-01-11
img
Security researchers have found links between the attackers and Turla, a sophisticated team suspected of operating out of Moscow’s FSB intelligence agency.
Theodore Davis 2016-05-18
img

news claims that the agency's Inspector General managed to delete both the uploaded copy of the Senate's torture report and a disk that contained the office's backup of the report, along with "thousands" of other classified intelligence files related to the report.

The report cited unnamed sources in claiming that the documents were wiped last summer, but word of the incident had not been released to the public.

The agency does have other copies of the report outside of the Inspector General's office.

The 2014 report, which totals 6,700 pages, has not been released in full, though the Senate has posted a summary report outlining the findings of the committee.

Whistleblower Edward Snowden was less than accepting of the explanation that the files were deleted inadvertently.

Snowden Tweet

This wouldn't be the first time the CIA has been accused of misconduct in relation to the Senate's investigation of the agency's use of "enhanced interrogation" techniques when extracting intelligence from terror suspects.

John Johannes 2016-09-27
img

If you are concerned about privacy laws and think government agencies should get warrants before conducting any phone or internet communications surveillance, odds are high you re not a Swiss citizen.

This past weekend an overwhelming majority of Swiss voters voted in favor of a broad expansion in government surveillance, according to Ars Technica.

The new powers are supposed to be used only by the Service de renseignement de la Confédération SRC , Switzerland s intelligence agency, and only against terrorism, espionage, the spreading of arms of mass destruction, and attacks on national infrastructure.

Per the new law, which the government predicted would only need to be used about 10 times a year, the SRC can install malware on computers, secretly monitor phone and internet communications, and install microphones and video cameras in private spaces.

The law requires approval for any covered action by the defense minister, the national cabinet, and the Federal Administrative Court.

Approval can be given after the action is taken in urgent cases.

Keith Hake 2016-08-01
img

Spyware virus could turn on webcams and microphones, claims Russian intelligence agency.

Russian authorities claim to have found evidence of a targeted cyber espionage attack on 20 organisations across the country.

Russia's Federal Security Service FSB intelligence agency posted the claim on its website, and said the spyware virus was spread via an email with a malicious attachment.

It said the virus targeted scientific and military institutions and parts of the country's critical national infrastructure.

The virus is able to take screenshots, turn on webcams and microphones and record what's being typed, the FSB said.

It did not say who it thought was responsible for the attack.