spooks Archive

Yahoo secretly built a tool to scan all email in realtime for US spies

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 …

Leaked catalog from UK surveillance arms-dealer full of gadgets sold to US cops

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 …

The Equation Group's sourcecode is totally fugly

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, …

Snowden explains the Shadow Brokers/Equation Group/NSA hack

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 …