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June 25, 2013
Snowden: NSA hacked China telcos, submarine cable network firm
Freshly published documents point to China as the latest victim behind the U.S.' government's cyber-operations, as a China newspaper publishes documents implicating the NSA in computer attacks that occurred during a four-year period. The NSA's activities also included hacking major telcos in efforts to acquire massive amounts of text messages.
The revelations are particularly ironic, as the U.S. has increasingly scaled up its legislative operations against China alleging the Communist Party-ruled country is targeting Western computers and networks.
- Read more: Snowden: NSA hacked China telcos, submarine cable network firm (CNET)
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Source: South China Morning Post
June 30, 2013
European officials lash out at new NSA spying report
A top German official accused the U.S. of using "Cold War" methods against its allies regarding the ongoing spate of leaks detailing the NSA's surveillance operations. It comes amid claims the U.S. government was eavesdropping on EU offices in Washington, New York, and Brussels, citing published leaked documents.
- Read more: European officials lash out at new NSA spying report (CBS News)
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June 30, 2013
Latest NSA leak details PRISM's bigger picture
New leaks offered further details of the mass collection of email, video and voice chat, photos, file transfers, and other online social networking content on foreign nationals by the NSA in conjunction with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).
According to one slide, there were 117,675 "active surveillance targets" in PRISM's database, but this figure does not detail which kinds of users these were, or among them how many Americans had their data collected inadvertently by the program.
Annotations by the Post suggest that PRINTAURA "sorts and dispatches the data stream" into different categories of data from the FBI's Data Interception Technology Unit (DITU) -- understood to be the Tier 1 company wiretaps. The DITU is understood to maintain this equipment, in which the data it collects is then passed to the NSA.
- Read more: Latest NSA leak details PRISM's bigger picture (ZDNet)
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Source: The Washington Post