Cyber-Security Firm: NSA-Linked Spyware Found in Hard Drives Worldwide

Researchers with Kaspersky Lab describe what they say is  “the most advanced threat actor” they’ve seen to date by Lauren McCauley – A top technology security firm announced on Monday that they have uncovered evidence that sophisticated spying software, likely linked to the National Security Agency, was implanted in the hard drives of personal computers across the globe. Researchers with the Moscow-based Kaspersky Lab introduced their findings while presenting at the Kaspersky Security Analyst Summit in Cancun, Mexico, and also published an initial paper (pdf) Monday on what they consider “the most advanced threat actor” they’ve seen to date. Dubbed the Equation Group, the suite of surveillance platforms has been found in hard drives made by Western Digital, Seagate, Toshiba and other top manufacturers, and located in personal computers in 30 countries, with the most infections seen in Iran, followed by Russia, Pakistan, Afghanistan, China, Mali, Syria, Yemen and Algeria, Kaspersky...

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‘Politically Explosive’ Docs Show How NSA Wiretaps Earth

Latest reporting on Snowden-leaked documents detail importance and reach of agency’s third-party agreements by Jon Queally, staff writer – New reporting by The Intercept and a partner newspaper in Denmark reveals that the National Security Agency, beyond its well-documented close-ties to the so-called Five Eyes nations, has extensive and previously unknown surveillance agreements with other nations that allow it unsurpassed access to global communication systems and the private information of the world’s citizens that travel through them. Based on documents provided by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, the new reporting details a program called RAMPART-A which uses digital “congestion points” located across the world and allows the agency to “intercept the content of phone calls, faxes, e-mails, internet chats, data from virtual private networks, and calls made using Voice over IP software like Skype.” The NSA would not give comment to The Intercept on the RAMPART-A program, but agency spokesperson...

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Obama Administration Bans Officials from Mentioning the News

Far from “the most transparent administration in history” By David Harris Gershon, Daily Kos – When President Obama stated last year that his White House is “the most transparent administration in history,” he acknowledged that this pronouncement did not necessarily translate to the national security arena. What he failed to say is that, with regard to ‘national security’ concerns, this White House has become historically and bombastically opaque – so much so that articles such as this one require the “not satire” tag. Per The New York Times: The Obama administration is clamping down on a technique that government officials have long used to join in public discussions of well-known but technically still-secret information: citing news reports based on unauthorized disclosures. A new pre-publication review policy for the Office of Director of National Intelligence says the agency’s current and former employees and contractors may not cite news reports based on leaks...

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