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 >>

Kaspersky Confirms It Downloaded Classified Docs, Blames NSA Contractor’s Dumb Mistake

On Wednesday, anti-virus maker Kaspersky Lab continued its defence against accusations that it aided Russian intelligence in stealing classified docs from the NSA. The company released the results of its investigation of the incident and, if the report proves to be accurate, it certainly doesn’t make the NSA look good. Read More >>

An Unknown Tech Company Tried (and Failed) to Stop the NSA’s Warrantless Spying

In 2014, a tech company stood up to a National Security Agency demand for user data and challenged the legality of a controversial surveillance law that’s currently being debated in the US Congress. Read More >>

US Government Fears a Monday Explosion of the Ransomware Plague It Helped Create

As a second wave of the WannaCry Ransomware attack is infecting more systems in more countries, the White House has ordered emergency meetings to deal with a threat that is, in part, the NSA’s fault. Experts believe that we may not even know the extent of how hard the attack hit Asia, and we won’t know until later today. Read More >>

Leaked Documents Reveal the NSA Spying on Scientists to Find ‘Nefarious’ Genetic Research

A new document made public this week via Edward Snowden’s leak of NSA documents reveals a fascinating aim of signals intelligence programme: The agency, it turns out, monitored international scientific developments in hopes of detecting “nefarious” genetic engineering projects more than a decade ago. Read More >>

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US Government Alleges Edward Snowden Is Talking With Russian Spy Agencies

The US House Intelligence Committee released a report today detailing the US government’s version of what Edward Snowden did in the lead up to 2013. And while it contains a bunch of interesting allegations, the most serious claim is that Snowden is actively talking with Russian intelligence agencies. Read More >>

US Government Officials Can’t Stop Spying on Their Crushes

On Monday, a top prosecutor in the Brooklyn district attorney’s office was arrested amid allegations that she used an illegal wiretap to eavesdrop on a coworker and an NYPD detective. Read More >>

NSA Contractor Arrested in Probe of Stolen ‘Source Code’: Report 

An NSA contractor was arrested by the FBI and investigated for possibly stealing secrets, the New York Times reported. Read More >>

The Snowden Review: Too Much Humping, Not Enough Hacking

Last month, Edward Snowden’s lawyer told me that Oliver Stone’s new Snowden biopic “tells a true story”. After seeing it, I can confirm that it’s plays like an accurate portrayal of the events leading up to and following the whistleblower leaking a trove of National Security Agency documents to journalists. It’s in there, injected with decorative bullshit. Read More >>

US Congress Can’t Review Snowden Film So Reviews Snowden Himself

This week, Oliver Stone plans to bring the story of NSA leaker Edward Snowden to a wider audience with the US release of Snowden, their new You’ve Got Mail remake. Sadly, the US Congress has yet to issue an official review of the movie, but the House intelligence committee released the next best thing yesterday with its report on Snowden himself Read More >>

Snowden Documents Confirm the NSA Hack is Real

Last Friday, a mysterious group by the name of “The Shadow Brokers” dumped what appeared to be some of the National Security Agency’s hacking tools online. There was some speculation as to whether the tools were legitimate. According to The Intercept, these tools are mentioned in documents leaked by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden. Read More >>

So, Uh, Did The NSA Get Hacked? 

Hackers say they’ve breached a hacking group known as the Equation Group, which is widely speculated to be an offshoot of the National Security Agency. The hackers have provided some files including what could be parts of the agency’s surveillance tools, but are demanding millions of dollars in bitcoins for the rest. Read More >>

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The Official Snowden Trailer is Here and it’s Unnervingly Sexy

We saw the first teaser for Oliver Stone’s upcoming true-to-life spy thriller Snowden almost a year ago. But the first official trailer gives us a more complete look at what Oliver North has done to the true story of this decade’s most infamous whistleblower. Read More >>

CIA Director: It’s the Media’s Fault That Terrorists Are So Good at Encryption 

Uh oh. Has the IS been reading Gizmodo for hot tips? Because intelligence leaders are blaming the press for encouraging IS and other terrorist organisations to “go dark.” Read More >>