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    The family of Reality Winner, the former NSA translator who in 2018 was sentenced to over five years in prison for leaking a top-secret report on Russian interference in the 2016 election, said Sunday that President Joe Biden “owes Reality gratitude” and should pardon her. In an interview with Mehdi Hasan, the convicted intelligence contractor’s...
    The National Security Agency collaborated with an intelligence unit in Denmark to spy on top European leaders from 2012 to 2014, a Tuesday report alleged. Over the two-year period, the NSA used the Danish Defense Intelligence Service's information cables to eavesdrop on top brass in Sweden, Norway, France, and Germany, including German Chancellor Angela...
    Denmark’s intelligence services are alleged to have worked with the Obama administration to spy on German leaders, including Chancellor Angela Merkel, according to a report shared with European news agencies. The Danish Defence Intelligence Service (FE) reportedly granted access to the country’s internet cables to President Barack Obama’s National Security Agency (NSA). Through access into...
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    (CNN)France and Germany are "seeking full clarity" on a report claiming that one of Denmark's intelligence agencies helped the United States spy on several senior European officials, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Emmanuel Macron said Monday. "If the information is true," Macron said during a statement to the press following a virtual Franco-German...
    COPENHAGEN, DENMARK - The U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) used a partnership with Denmark's foreign intelligence unit to spy on senior officials of neighboring countries, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Danish state broadcaster DR said.   The findings are the result of a 2015 internal investigation in the Danish Defense Intelligence Service into NSA's role...
    AMERICAN spies worked with Danish spooks to wiretap Angela Merkel's phone calls and texts, a bombshell report says. The National Security Agency (NSA) also reportedly used Danish cables to spy on officials in Sweden, Norway and France from 2012 to 2014 when Barack Obama was US President. 2US spies used Danish cables to listen to...
    Neighboring countries Including Merkel The Danish secret service helped the NSA hear EU politicians Status: 8:32 p.m.| Reading time: 2 minutes President Angela Merkel (CDU) Source: AFP / ODD ANDERSEN According to a media report, the Danish military intelligence service FE helped the NSA to spy on top EU...
    Former National Security Administration chief Keith Alexander warned that the United States is "not ready" to combat against a potential flurry of cyberattacks from Russia and China. On Sunday, Alexander said hacks from the two nations are "more blatant than" any he's ever seen throughout his "whole career." The former NSA boss said President...
    Former NSA chief Keith Alexander warned that he has seen Russian operatives become more strident in their cyberattacks against America, and the country must take action to secure those vulnerabilities. Alexander joined ABC’s Martha Raddatz on Sunday to talk about the impact of cyberattacks like the SolarWinds breach and the recent shutdown of the Colonial...
    The Guardian Havana syndrome: NSA officer’s case hints at microwave attacks since 90s When Mike Beck developed a rare form of Parkinson’s US intelligence concluded he was the victim of a hi-tech weapon Havanna Syndrome illustrating the use of suspected micro/radio waves Composite: Guardian Design/Getty When the first reports surfaced of a mysterious disorder that...
    The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court’s presiding judge signed off on the sweeping surveillance powers held by federal spy agencies, a newly declassified yearly report shows, despite finding “widespread violations” of the FBI’s rules related to handling and searching the massive number of emails and other intercepts collected without a warrant. Judge James Boasberg, the...
    The FBI searched troves of communications sucked up by the National Security Agency for information on 'racially motivated violent extremists' without a warrant, ignoring previous warnings it was breaking the law. The FBI's requests for access to masses of electronic communications harvested by the National Security Agency (NSA) is revealed in a newly declassified report from...
    An NFT self-portait of the intelligence whistleblower Edward Snowden reportedly sold for $5.4 million at a charity auction last week. The proceeds of the sale benefit the Freedom of the Press Foundation, which is a non-profit that works on the development of open-source tools for whistleblowers. Gizmodo reports that an NFT self-portrait of the former intelligence contractor...
    Washington (CNN)National Security Agency general counsel Michael Ellis, who was installed by Trump officials in the final days of the administration, resigned from his post on Friday after being on administrative leave since the start of the Biden administration, according to The Washington Post. "I have been on administrative leave for nearly three months without...
    EXCLUSIVE - Trump appointee and National Security Agency General Counsel Michael Ellis submitted his resignation in a Friday letter to NSA Director Paul Nakasone obtained by Fox News.The former president tapped Ellis to be the NSA's top lawyer a day before President Biden's inauguration on Jan. 19, and the new administration immediately placed him on administrative leave...
    The National Security Agency (NSA) said Tuesday that it had alerted Microsoft to "a series of critical vulnerabilities" in the Microsoft Exchange email application, prompting the company to issue a new patch.   In a blog post, Microsoft said it had "not seen" the vulnerabilities used against its customers, but urged users to install timely...
    President Biden is nominating a former Obama administration lawyer and a progressive police chief to lead agencies in charge of the country's legal immigration bureaucracy and border policy as part of a new installment of Department of Homeland Security appointments, White House officials confirmed to CBS News Monday. Nearly three months into his administration, the...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden has selected two former senior National Security Agency officials for key cyber roles in his administration, the White House said Monday. Chris Inglis, a former NSA deputy director, is being nominated as the government’s first national cyber director. Jen Easterly, a former deputy for counterterrorism at the NSA, has...
    US President Biden is expected to name John C. Inglis as the head of the Department of Homeland Security's cybersecurity agency US President Joe Biden is expected to name John C. Inglis as the head of the Department of Homeland Security's cybersecurity agency. The appointment comes weeks after reports surfaced that suspected Russian hackers had...
    John C. Inglis, the former deputy director of the National Security Agency, is expected to be tapped by President Biden to head the Department of Homeland Security’s cybersecurity agency, according to a report late Sunday. The Washington Post reported that the post is a White House position. The paper said Inglis, who spent eight...
    The latest king-sized, disastrous hack into U.S. government and corporate data servers is prompting the head of the National Security Agency to suggest that a surveillance giant built to look at foreign threats should have even greater powers to spy on internet usage domestically. Doing so, privacy advocates say, jeopardizes an already weakened four-decade old...
    Washington — U.S. Cyber Command conducted "more than two dozen" operations to counter foreign attempts to interfere with or influence the 2020 elections, General Paul Nakasone, who leads both the military's cyber arm and the National Security Agency (NSA), told a Senate panel on Thursday.   The disclosure was a rare, if still opaque, look...
    Axios Perfect cybersecurity is a pipe dream At a hearing on SolarWinds last Friday before the House Oversight and Homeland Security committees, U.S. representatives seized on a statement by SolarWinds’ former CEO that in 2017 an intern had mistakenly posted a password, “SolarWinds123,” on the public-facing internet that could have provided a malicious actor with...
    At a hearing on SolarWinds last Friday before the House Oversight and Homeland Security committees, U.S. representatives seized on a statement by SolarWinds’ former CEO that in 2017 an intern had mistakenly posted a password, “SolarWinds123,” on the public-facing internet that could have provided a malicious actor with full access to the company’s update server....
    A Chinese group "cloned" code stolen from the National Security Agency years before a security flaw was fixed, researchers said this week. The Chinese group, identified as APT31, used the so-called exploit, along with other hacking tools to stage attacks, Check Point, an IT security firm, said in a research note. Generally an APT, or...
    WASHINGTON – Chinese spies used code first developed by the US National Security Agency to support their hacking operations, Israeli researchers said on Monday, another indication of how malicious software developed by governments can boomerang against their creators. Tel Aviv-based Check Point Software Technologies issued a report noting that some features in a piece...
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    Chinese hackers employed code originally created by the National Security Agency (NSA) for different hacking campaigns, an Israeli technology company said in a new report Monday, according to Reuters. The report, which was released by Check Point Software Technologies in Tel Aviv, remarked on the similarities between China-linked malware and the NSA’s break-in tools, which...
    By Raphael Satter WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Chinese spies used code first developed by the U.S. National Security Agency to support their hacking operations, Israeli researchers said on Monday, another indication of how malicious software developed by governments can boomerang against their creators. Tel Aviv-based Check Point Software Technologies issued a report noting that some features...
    House GOP members are calling on the Pentagon’s watchdog to investigate the Biden administration’s decision to place the Trump administration’s pick for the top NSA lawyer job, Michael Ellis, on administrative leave, calling it political “retribution.” Ellis, a former counsel to Rep. Devin Nunes, when the California Republican led the House Intelligence Committee, was...
    The Biden administration is working with congressional committees to allow intelligence agencies to “target” American citizens as terrorists, Sebastian Gorka, host of the America First radio show, warned on Thursday’s edition of SiriusXM’s Breitbart News Daily with host Alex Marlow. Gorka stated, “I was informed yesterday by a private citizen that the Biden administration — and this...
    Julian Brave Noisecat Night Owls is a themed open thread appearing at Daily Kos seven days a week. Julian Brave Noisecat was raised in Oakland, California, but he spent a lot of time in his younger years with his Secwepemc and St’at’imc First Nations relations in British Columbia where he is a member of the Canim Lake Band Tsq’escen. Now,...
    Lord Frost will no longer become Boris Johnson’s NSA – Shutterstock Boris Johnson has replaced Lord David Frost as National Security Adviser with a top Ministry of Defence mandarin, signaling an end of “hard rain” on Whitehall. Instead of making his chief Brexit negotiator the new NSA, the Prime Minister said in a statement...
    Phillip Faraone/Getty Let our journalists help you make sense of the noise: Subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily newsletter and get a recap of news that matters.This story was jointly reported by Mother Jones and NBC News. In mid-January, a week before being sworn in as president, Joe Biden announced that he would appoint Anne...
    The Trump administration sent out a warning to the world it is "examining further options to respond" to China and the Chinese Communist Partys actions on Hong Kong and the global coronavirus pandemic, according to a statement from National Security Adviser Robert OBrien. "The United States was the first major country with the courage and...
    A West Virginia woman was sentenced to just over 11 years in federal prison Monday for a scheme in which she kidnapped her daughter, fled to Mexico, and attempted to sell classified NSA information to Russia. Elizabeth Jo Shirley, 47, pleaded guilty to charges of unlawfully retaining documents containing national defense information and international parental...
    CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia woman who once served in the Air Force was sentenced to more than 11 years in federal prison Monday for planning to offer top-secret information from the National Security Agency to the Russian government. Elizabeth Jo Shirley, 47, pleaded guilty last year as part of a plea agreement...
    Michael Ellis, the recently installed general counsel at the National Security Agency, was placed on administrative leave Wednesday because his appointment is now the subject of an investigation by the Defense Department Inspector General, according to two sources familiar with the matter. There is also a separate allegation that he mishandled classified information. Last week,...
    The Trump administration pick for the National Security Agency’s top lawyer has reportedly been placed on administrative leave after the NSA announced just a few days ago that it was “moving forward” with his employment even amid pushback from Democrats. Michael Ellis, former counsel to Rep. Devin Nunes when the California Republican led the...
    (CNN)National Security Agency General Counsel Michael Ellis, who was installed by former President Donald Trump during his final days in office, was put on administrative leave Wednesday because his appointment is now the subject of a Department of Defense inspector general investigation, a source familiar with the investigation told CNN.House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Sunday...
    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is calling on the acting defense secretary to "immediately cease" plans to install so-called "Trump loyalist" Michael Ellis as the new general counsel for the National Security Agency (NSA) just days before President-elect Joe Biden is inaugurated, describing the decision as "highly suspect" and a threat to the national security of...
    Washington (CNN)House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is demanding acting Defense Secretary Christopher Miller "immediately cease" his plans to install a Trump loyalist as the National Security Agency's general counsel, calling the move "highly suspect" and arguing it represents a "disturbing disregard" for the country's national security. "I ask that you immediately cease plans to improperly install...
    Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiCowboys for Trump founder arrested following Capitol riot Retired Army general: 'We can't have demonstrators showing up at a state Capitol with damn long guns' Graham calls on Schumer to hold vote to dismiss article of impeachment against Trump MORE (D-Calif.) is raising alarms about Michael Ellis, a former GOP operative and Trump...
    The National Security Agency is “moving forward” with the installation of Michael Ellis as general counsel despite opposition from Democrats and reported pushback from the NSA director, Gen. Paul Nakasone, following the Trump administration attorney’s selection for the national security post in November. Ellis, former counsel to Rep. Devin Nunes when the California Republican...
    Acting secretary of defense Miller demanded the immediate installation of Ellis, despite widespread skepticism as to his qualifications and his past role as saboteur of intelligence and counterespionage probes that implicated Trump or Trump's allies. The Republican attempt to overthrow this nation's government is ongoing. Propaganda attempts continue in an attempt to delegitimize the outcome of...
    (CNN)The National Security Agency said Sunday it was installing Trump NSC staffer Michael Ellis as its general counsel, after acting Defense Secretary Christopher Miller ordered NSA Director Gen. Paul Nakasone to place the Trump loyalist into the role."Mr. Ellis accepted his final job offer yesterday afternoon. NSA is moving forward with his employment," an NSA...
    (CNN)The acting secretary of defense is trying to install a Trump loyalist as the top lawyer at the National Security Agency, according to three sources familiar. Christopher Miller, who just two days earlier said he couldn't wait to leave his job, ordered the head of the NSA to install Michael Ellis as general counsel by...
    The Pentagon has not met with Joe Bidens transition team since Dec. 18, incoming National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan told NPR on Tuesday. Biden earlier Tuesday warned of massive damage done to the national security apparatus by the Trump administration and "roadblocks" in communication between agency officials and his transition team that could undermine Americans...
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