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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 >>

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The CIA Just Dumped 12 Million Declassified Documents Online

After years of fighting with Freedom of Information Act requesters, the CIA has finally uploaded over 12 million documents to its website. While many of the documents have been declassified for some time, the pages were intentionally hard to access, and only available on a few computers sitting at the US National Archives. But now, anyone can search the documents from anywhere. Read More >>

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CIA Report Concludes That Russia Tried to Help Trump Win

Following President Obama’s order for a full report on “cyber attacks and foreign intervention into the 2016 election,” multiple sources are telling multiple publications that Russia used hacking as a tool to benefit the election of Donald Trump and harm his opponent, Hillary Clinton. A flurry of information has led to accusations of partisanship harming national security. Read More >>

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CIA Declassifies Report on the Man Who Ousted the Australian Government in 1975

There are a lot of different conspiracy theories about what happened to the Australian government in November of 1975. In a surprise move, the ultra liberal Prime Minister Gough Whitlam was fired by a lone man using parliamentary procedures that no one had expected. That man was John Kerr. And Gizmodo has now obtained the CIA’s internal biographic report on him. Read More >>

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The Internet’s Best Conspiracy Theories About Julian Assange’s Meltdown

Suppression by “powerful states and organisations” is, according to Julian Assange in his 2012 book Cypherpunks: Freedom and the Future of the Internet, “one of the hardships WikiLeaks was built to endure.” That claim must reek of false bluster now that his whistleblowing organisation has since been compromised by the US government, according to the internet’s greatest conspiracy theorists. Read More >>

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The CIA Wants to Create Cosmetics That Collect DNA

The US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) is very interested in skincare products. It wants to stay up to date on all the latest tips and trends — do you think the spooks have tried those crazy looking sheet masks? — because it knows the secret to ageing well is taking good care of the skin. Read More >>

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The Wheels on the Bus Go Round and Round, Even When the CIA Accidentally Leaves Explosives Onboard

When conducting CIA practise drills that involve both “explosive training material” and working school buses, it is usually a good idea to remove the material from the school buses when finished. That, however, did not happen last week in Loudoun County, Virginia. Read More >>

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The CIA Wanted to Kill Fidel Castro by Giving Him a Diving Suit Laced With Tuberculosis

It’s no secret that the US government wanted to kill Fidel Castro many times over the years. But there’s a crazy story about a possible CIA assassination attempt that I’d never heard before: Giving Castro a diving suit that would be contaminated with tuberculosis. Read More >>

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What WWII’s Top Secret British Spy Manual Can Teach You About Wilderness Survival

As WWII heated up, England’s Special Operations Executive put all of its secret spy training collective tradecraft knowledge into a single training manual. And, it turns out that training spies to operate behind enemy lines is often good training for going outdoors, too. Read More >>

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CIA Had “Guidelines” for “Human Experimentation”

The director of America's Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) was able to make the final call on "human experimentation", it has emerged. Read More >>

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The CIA Has Been Desperately Trying to Break Apple’s Encryption System

The Intercept is reporting that the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) researchers have been waging a multi-year campaign to break the security systems used by Apple on its devices. Read More >>