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Swiss Government Files Criminal Complaint Over CIA’s Decades-Long Global Encryption Racket

As US senators and tech companies scream their fears of Chinese spyware (TikTok) and state-funded telecoms (Huawei) from the rooftops, the US is being called to face up to its own penchant for planetary surveillance. Announced Sunday, a Swiss government agency has filed a criminal complaint against US and German intelligence entities for pushing spyware on over 120 other countries. This follows a joint investigation by the Washington Post, German public broadcaster ZDF, and Swiss broadcaster SRF, which revealed that the CIA and the German intelligence agency BDN had been selling encryption devices through a Swiss company Crypto AG for half a century, with “rigged systems” for less friendly countries. Read More >>

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CIA Spied Using Sabotaged Encryption Equipment It Sold to Foreign Governments Since the 1970s

America's Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and National Security Agency (NSA) spied on allies and enemies alike through a company they owned that made cryptography equipment, according to an explosive new report from the Washington Post and Germany’s ZDF news outlet. Read More >>

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My Dad Was a Spy, Maybe

I remember my first phone call from the FBI clearly. It was mid-May 2015. I was sitting in my dreary Midtown cubicle, chugging iced coffee and trying to hold out for the end of the day as a lowly junior reporter. My eyelids were drooping when my wrist buzzed. Someone was calling me. My fitness band and phone were buzzing with a weird three-digit number. Read More >>

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Judge Rules Edward Snowden Can’t Profit From His Book Because It Wasn’t Cleared by NSA and CIA

Edward Snowden will not be allowed to profit from sales of his book Permanent Record, after a federal judge in Virginia ruled Tuesday that Snowden should have sought approval from the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and National Security Agency (NSA). It’s not clear if Snowden, who was previously a CIA employee and contractor for the NSA, will appeal the ruling. Read More >>

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Kim Jong Un’s Half Brother Kim Jong Nam, Killed With VX Nerve Agent, Was Reportedly CIA Informant

Kim Jong Un’s half brother Kim Jong Nam was an informant for the US Central Intelligence Agency who met more than once with unspecified “agency operatives” before he was killed with VX nerve toxin in a Malaysian airport in February 2017, the Wall Street Journal reported on Monday—albeit citing a “person knowledgeable with the matter.” Read More >>

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US NSA Sent Coded Messages From Its Official Twitter Account to Communicate With Foreign Spies

During the first Cold War, American and British spies would sometimes place coded messages in newspaper classified ads to communicate with each other. And depending on how you interpret a new report in the New York Times, the National Security Agency (NSA) has possibly updated the tactic, using its public Twitter account to send secret messages to at least one Russian spy. Read More >>

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Here’s What the CIA Thought of Australia’s Anti-Communist Prime Minister, Robert Menzies

Sir Robert Menzies was Australia’s longest serving Prime Minister, first holding office at the beginning of World War II from 1939 until 1941, and then again from 1949 until 1966. And thanks to a recent US Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request, we now know a bit about how the CIA viewed this legend of Australian politics. Read More >>

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Eager to Host More Classified Data, Amazon Launches New ‘Secret’ Cloud Region for US Intelligence

Amid the unparalleled classified leaks, global acts of cyberwarfare, and colossal data breaches dominating the daily news cycle, Amazon Web Services (AWS) has debuted an entirely new cloud region designed specifically to host classified US government secrets. Read More >>

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The 42 Weirdest Movies on Osama bin Laden’s Computer

Today, the CIA released a trove of files obtained from Osama bin Laden’s compound when he was killed by US forces in 2011. We knew that bin Laden had some unexpected things on his computer, but we now have a better look at some of the files. Read More >>

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FBI Says Remaining JFK Assassination Files Will Be Released (With Redactions) in Coming Weeks

After a couple of false starts, the FBI claims that the remaining JFK assassination files that were scheduled to be released last week will finally be made public. But historians and researchers still might be somewhat disappointed. After further vetting by intelligence agencies, the FBI says that some sensitive names in the files will be withheld. Read More >>

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Leaked Manual Reveals How CIA Can Track Windows Users by Gauging Wi-Fi Signal 

On Wednesday, WikiLeaks released the latest issue in its ongoing Vault 7 series—a trove of secret or otherwise classified US Central Intelligence Agency files from 2013 to 2016 describing previously undisclosed malware and viruses. Read More >>

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Is This the CIA’s Most Shocking Hacker Tool Yet?

Even though the news is only a few hours old, some are already starting to wonder if the big WikiLeaks release of CIA hacking documents revealed anything “technically surprising.” Well, how about this: CIA hackers are obscenely well-versed in Japanese one-line ACSCII art. Read More >>

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WikiLeaks Just Dumped a Ton of Alleged CIA Hacking Documents

Here we go again, gumshoes. WikiLeaks (read: Julian Assange) says it acquired a massive cache of CIA documents related to the agency’s cyberwar efforts. The information therein, WikiLeaks claims, reveals covert CIA hacking tools that can take over iPhones, Android phones, TVs, and pretty much any type of computer. It’s scary stuff—if you believe what WikiLeaks is saying is true. Read More >>

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How to Securely Send Snail Mail the CIA Way

Today, tech nerds are obsessed with high-tech encryption. But if you ever send snail mail, you might want to take a tip from America’s intelligence community. The CIA sends out letters that are secured with a specific type of tamper-proof tape—think of it like low-tech encryption—and we now know exactly what kind the CIA uses. Read More >>