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August 31, 2013
Leaked documents detail broad reach of U.S. cyberoperations
Not long after NSA chief Gen. Keith Alexander was heckled at the 2013 Black Hat conference in Las Vegas, the U.S. intelligence agency was revealed by a new round of Snowden leaks that it carried out "cyberoperations" against a number of foreign targets.
In 2011, a tight-knit group of U.S. authorities carried out 231 offensive cyberattacks, primarily targeted at Iran, Russia, North Korea, and China, according to the report. A $652 million projected, dubbed GENIE, allowed U.S. agencies to break into foreign networks to spy on operations abroad.
- Read more: Leaked documents detail broad reach of U.S. cyberoperations (CNET)
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Source: The Washington Post
September 2, 2013
Brazilian president, oil giant targeted by NSA spy program
Next up, it was South America's turn. Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff was slated to be one of those picked out by the NSA for surveillance, along with her staff. It was also reported that the NSA tapped into the networks of state-owned oil company Petrobras, which would contradict the U.S.' claim that it had nothing to do with economic espionage.
- Read more: Brazilian president targeted by NSA spy program (ZDNet)
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(Source: O Globo)
September 6, 2013
U.K., U.S. able to crack most encryption used online
Perhaps the most worrying claim of all to come out of the Snowden cache of leaked documents: the U.K. and U.S. governments are able to crack "most encryption" standards used online.
The two intelligence agencies, the NSA and GCHQ, used vast resources to crack standards allowing them to read data that was traveling across the wire and fiber cables in an encrypted form. They also worked to weaken security standards and insert vulnerabilities into vendors' technologies.
It was reported that various types of security covered by BULLRUN, a program that was charged with defeating network security and privacy, cracked TLS and SSL -- such as Web-based email, SSH, encrypted chat, VPN services, and even encrypted voice calls over VoIP.
- Read more: U.K., U.S. able to crack most encryption used online (ZDNet)
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