October 4, 2016
Business, collaborators, FBI, feebs, lawful interception, leaks, nsa, Post, spooks, Uncategorized, yahoo
In 2015, Yahoo CEO Marissa Meyer ordered the company’s engineers to build a tool that scanned Yahoo Mail messages in realtime for “characters” of interest to a US security agency, either the FBI or the NSA.
As far as we know, the move was unprecedented in US tech history, and it triggered the departure of then-CSO Alex Stamos (previously), now CSO for …
September 9, 2016
Business, florida, Gadgets, lawful interception, militarization, police, Post, spooks, surveillance, uk, Uncategorized
Cobham PLC is a surveillance vendor who sells to some of the world’s most egregious human rights abusing governments; in 2014, they provided a catalog of cyberweapons and spy tools to Florida Department of Law Enforcement, from whom it leaked.
The catalog is part of the ongoing transfer of military/nation-state style weapons and tools to local law enforcement departments — the surveillance …
August 21, 2016
computer science, cyberweapons, equation group, floss, infosec, nsa, Post, Security, security through obscurity, shadow brokers, spooks, Uncategorized
With the leak of exploits developed by The Equation Group, the long-secret, NSA-adjacent super-elite hacking squad — published by The Shadow Brokers, who have some extremely heterodox theories about auction design — it’s now possible to audit the source code of some of the NSA’s crown-jewel cyberweapons.
Enter Stephen Checkoway from the Computer Science department at the University of Illinois at Chicago (previously, …
August 16, 2016
arms dealers, infosec, malware, nsa, Post, say cyber again, Security, snowden, spooks, twitter, Uncategorized
The news that a group of anonymous hackers claimed to have stolen some of the NSA’s most secret, valuable weaponized vulnerabilities and were auctioning them off for bitcoin triggered an epic tweetstorm from Edward Snowden, who sets out his hypothesis for how the exploits were captured and what relation that has to the revelations he made when he blew the whistle on illegal NSA …