Feds Arrest Defense Contractor for Shipping Military Secrets to Iran

Mozaffar Khazaee, a former Manchester, Connecticut resident and defense contractor has been arrested by federal authorities on charges that he attempted to smuggle classified technical data on a variety of military projects—including the new F-35 Lightning II—out of the country and into Iran. » 1/13/14 8:00pm 1/13/14 8:00pm

How Google Gives Your Information to the NSA

Ever since news of PRISM broke, there's been a lot of confusion and denial about exactly how the NSA is getting your information from the companies that have been collecting it. Now Google's fessed up to the details, and it's unsurprisingly simple: by FTP or even by hand. » 6/12/13 9:49am 6/12/13 9:49am

Why the Metadata the NSA Has on You Matters

In response to the recent news reports about the National Security Agency's surveillance program, President Barack Obama said today, "When it comes to telephone calls, nobody is listening to your telephone calls." Instead, the government was just "sifting through this so-called metadata." The Director of National… » 6/08/13 7:00pm 6/08/13 7:00pm

Here's the Official Government Fact Sheet on What PRISM Is and Does

When all the PRISM news broke, it didn't take long for the US Government to fess up. President Obama even made a (bummer of a) statement on it. Now, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper has put out an official fact sheet about what PRISM is and isn't, according to the US Government. Think of it like an… » 6/08/13 5:18pm 6/08/13 5:18pm

Meet Boundless Informant: The NSA Tool That Watches the Entire Planet

Does the NSA have any secrets left? First there was PRISM—the network that's collecting real-time data on American's everywhere—and now The Guardian has turned up "Boundless Informant" which is indexing surveillance and espionage metadata from the ENTIRE WORLD. » 6/08/13 3:30pm 6/08/13 3:30pm

Cyber-Espionage Platform Red October Is Already Pulling Its Tendrils…

Earlier this week, a sophisticated, capable, and seemingly freelance cyber-spying operation called Red October burst onto the scene. Well, it's probably been around for years, but we all only just found out about it. Now, it's already disappearing. After having the light shined on it, it's darting back into the… » 1/19/13 11:00am 1/19/13 11:00am

Meet Red October: The Global Cyber-Espionage Ring That Spent 5 Years…

There are plenty of cyberweapons floating around out there, like Stuxnet, Flame, and that whole gang. Now, Kaspersky has turned up a cyber-espoinage operation its dubbed "Red October," and it's up there in the big leagues. But unlike its cohorts, it doesn't look state-sponsored. This is a freelance job, and it's… » 1/14/13 1:20pm 1/14/13 1:20pm

Appeals Court Rules Computer Code Is Not "Property" and Can't Be Stolen

Sergey Aleynikov, an ex-Goldman-Sachs programmer, spent a year in prison for downloading source code of the firm's high-speed trading software before his sentence was overturned in February. Today, the court explained why—downloading computer code doesn't constitute stealing under the National Stolen Property Act. » 4/12/12 1:00am 4/12/12 1:00am

US Nuke Stockpile Control Systems Are "Under Constant Attack"

You may never have heard of the National Nuclear Security Administration but that doesn't mean foreign agents haven't. The agency tasked with protecting America's nukes and nuclear secrets has disclosed that its computer systems are attacked as many as 10 MILLION times a day. » 3/20/12 7:40pm 3/20/12 7:40pm

Texas Judge Puts the Kibosh on "Unconstitutional" Cellphone Tracking Law

US District Court judge Lynn N. Hughes has struck down a recently-passed law that would have allowed law enforcement to obtain cell phone records without a warrant. Sorry Feds. » 11/18/11 1:00am 11/18/11 1:00am

America: China Is Constantly Hacking Us—China: No We're Not

The US has found itself in an Oh shit no you didn't internet espionage moment, blaming China and Russia for billions of dollars in online theft, the Washington Post reports. Their response? Wasn't us! It's like a geopolitical high school prom scandal. » 11/04/11 9:22am 11/04/11 9:22am