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September 18, 2013
NSA purchased zero-day exploits from French security firm Vupen
A new report, thanks to a Freedom of Information request by government transparency site MuckRock showed that the U.S. government bought zero-day vulnerabilities and the software to use them from French security company Vupen.
Vupen, which describes itself as a "leading provider of defensive and offensive cyber security intelligence and advanced vulnerability research," essentially finds flaws in software and systems and then sells this data on to governments.
- Read more: NSA purchased zero-day exploits from French security firm Vupen (ZDNet)
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September 27, 2013
NSA offers details on 'LOVEINT' (that's spying on lovers, exes)
It's not surprising that when NSA analysts are given access to vast amounts of American and foreign personal information, there might a chance they might misuse it for their own personal gain.
The latest, albeit not-as-shocking revelation, was that a handful of NSA staffers misused their security clearance to access data on their lovers and partners. Dubbed LOVEINT, or "love intelligence," there were 12 substantiated instances of intentional misuse of signals intelligence at the NSA -- compared to an average of seven per day of "inadvertent" mistakes, such as the collection of American data.
- Read more: NSA offers details on 'LOVEINT' (that's spying on lovers, exes) (CNET)
September 28, 2013
NSA maps some Americans' social connections, says report
Facebook may be for yourself and your friends, but it's also very much for the NSA. More documents leaked by Snowden said the intelligence agency had created "social graphs" of Americans in efforts to "rapidly discover and correlate complex relationships and patterns across diverse data sources on a massive scale."
According to the documents, 94 types of data are included, such as phone numbers, email addresses, and IP address details. Other data is pulled in from other sources, such as passenger name records (gathered domestically and from the European Union under existing agreements), voter registration rolls, tax info, GPS location data, bank codes, insurance information, and even Facebook profiles.
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Source: The New York Times