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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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September 9, 2013
New claims NSA can access data on iOS, Android, BlackBerry
German media published new documents that stated mobile phones, including BlackBerry devices, Android phones, and Apple iPhones, were crackable and are able to have data extracted from them. According to the report, the NSA had set up "working parties' to ensure the main mobile platforms had a "back door" available to intelligence agencies.
Later leaks would show that as a result of this vulnerability, even world leaders were not safe from prying (and spying) eyes.
- Read more: New claims NSA can access data on iOS, Android, BlackBerry (ZDNet/AAP)
(Source: Der Spiegel)