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November 23, 2013
NSA malware infected over 50,000 computer networks worldwide
The NSA infected more than 50,000 computer networks worldwide with malware, according to new slides leaked by Snowden to Dutch media outlet NRC. A presentation dated 2012 showed a spiderweb map dubbed "Computer Network Exploitation," citing more than 50,000 locations globally.
The division of the intelligence agency, Tailored Access Operations (TAO), describes the operation in which includes, "enabling actions and intelligence collection via computer networks that exploit data gathered from target or enemy information systems or networks."
- Read more: NSA malware infected over 50,000 computer networks worldwide (ZDNet)
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November 25, 2013
U.S. hooks Singapore, South Korea as players in "Five Eyes" pact
Reports in Australian media cited new documents leaked by Snowden that point to Singapore and South Korea as playing "key roles" in helping the U.S. and Australia, two members of the so-called "Five Eyes" pact of spying partners, to tap into other South Asian countries.
The map, leaked by Dutch media earlier in November, showed Singapore as a key telecoms hub in the Pacific region, as an important "third party" working with its U.S. partners. The operation helps the U.S. and other allied nations tap into the communications of other countries in the region, notably Indonesia and Malaysia.
- Read more: Singapore, Seoul key players in 'Five Eyes' spy ring (ZDNet)
Image: Malaysian Government
Source: Sydney Morning Herald
November 27, 2013
EU lays out new U.S. data agreement pact
In efforts to get the "special relationship" back on track after months of painful political rhetoric and frenemy-like relations, the European Commission wants to rekindle its trans-Atlantic love with its American partners.
The EU on Wednesday threw down its demands — albeit in a somewhat subdued typical softly-softly European way now that the 28 member state bloc has taken time to breathe and think this one through — and hopes its U.S. counterparts bites at the chance to restore relations with its trans-Atlantic friend.
This includes new rules to Safe Harbor, which would force companies, like the seven named technology companies implicated under the data-acquiring PRISM program, to extend the rules of Safe Harbor, by adjusting their privacy policies. This would result in the disclosure of "information on the extent to which U.S. law allows public authorities to collect and process data transferred."
Image: European Commission