The Shadow Brokers Unveil 2 NSA hacking tools this month

The Shadow Brokers is a hacker collective that successfully infiltrated the NSA and took some of its goodies. More powerful tools remain part of the collective’s monthly subscription service, which has been operational for nearly three months now. The August software is called United Rake, and it is quite a powerful tool. United Rake is [...]


NSA Planned to Hijack Google App Store to Hack Smartphones

The National Security Agency and its closest allies planned to hijack data links to Google and Samsung app stores to infect smartphones with spyware, a top-secret document reveals. The surveillance project was launched by a joint electronic eavesdropping unit called the Network Tradecraft Advancement Team, which includes spies from each of the countries in the [...]

Why Soviet Weather Was Secret

Three years after the 9/11 attacks, a frustrated NSA employee complained that Osama bin Laden was alive and well, and yet the surveillance agency still had no automated way to search the Arabic language PDFs it had intercepted. This is just one of many complaints and observations included in SIDtoday, the internal newsletter of the [...]

Documents expose how Hollywood promotes war on behalf of the Pentagon, CIA and NSA

Tom Secker and Matthew Alford report on their astonishing findings from trawling through thousands of new US military and intelligence documents obtained under the Freedom of Information Act. The documents reveal for the first time the vast scale of US government control in Hollywood, including the ability to manipulate scripts or even prevent films too [...]

NSA Is Spying on Scientists

A new document made public this week via Edward Snowden’s leak of NSA documents reveals a fascinating aim of signals intelligence program: The agency, it turns out, monitored international scientific developments in hopes of detecting “nefarious” genetic engineering projects more than a decade ago. SIGINT is intelligence collected by monitoring electronic and communications signals. In [...]

Wikimedia Scores ‘Important Victory’ in Fight Against NSA Surveillance

A federal appeals court on Tuesday reversed a previous decision by a lower court that dismissed a challenge to the National Security Agency's (NSA) mass surveillance operations, scoring an "important victory for the rule of law." Tuesday's unanimous decision by the Fourth Circuit Appeals Court means a case against the NSA filed by the Wikimedia [...]

NSA Routinely Monitors Americans’ Communications Without Warrants

On Sunday’s Face the Nation, Sen. Rand Paul was asked about President Trump’s accusation that President Obama ordered the NSA to wiretap his calls. The Kentucky senator expressed skepticism about the mechanics of Trump’s specific charge, saying: “I doubt that Trump was a target directly of any kind of eavesdropping.” But he then made a [...]