27 Sep 2018

NSA employee who brought hacking tools home sentenced to 66 months in prison

A 68-year-old NSA employee has been sentences to 66 months in prison after taking home highly sensitive hacking tools between 2010 and 2015 in order to have more time to study them, win better performance reviews, and secure higher pay. Because the materials were removed from the NSA’s secure internal

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13 Sep 2018

3 Ways Intelligence Agencies Are Using AI

The 17 agencies that comprise the U.S. intelligence community (IC) are working to improve interaction between each other and the exponentially increasing troves of data through what an IC deputy CIO describes as the “concept…vision…idea” of “Augmenting Intelligence using Machines” (AIM). “We’re auditing routine functions that analysts, curators, collectors have

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13 Aug 2018

How long is too long for a cyber operation? NSA has an idea

“Research conducted by the National Security Agency has found that after five hours of cyber operations, performance drops and frustration begins to increase among staffers. Those longer missions caused roughly 10 percent more fatigue and frustration compared to operations that lasted less than five hours, Celeste Paul, a senior researcher

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26 Jul 2018

How U.S. intelligence agencies find out what Trump tells Putin and others

Sources have displayed confidence that U.S. intelligence agencies specializing in wiretapping communications were able to access enough information on the Trump-Putin meeting that they can know not only what was said, but what the top politicians and spymasters in Moscow think about it. With no access to the meeting, no

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29 Jun 2018

NSA deletes years of call records, says it exceeded legal limit

The National Security Agency is “deleting all call detail records (CDRs) acquired since 2015” to meet the requirements of the 2015 USA Freedom Act. This act ended the secret collection of call detail records, replacing the practice with a process in which the NSA requests specified records from the relevant

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22 Jun 2018

NSA moves its data to the “Intelligence Community GovCloud”

As part of a multi-year transition into a “big data fusion environment,” the NSA has successfully moved most of its data into the classified cloud computing system the “Intelligence Community GovCloud.” This new system allows analysts to access intel across sources, as well as employ machine learning and algorithms. The

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01 Jun 2018

Germany rejects US drone tech, citing NSA and Facebook scandals

A group of German lawmakers in the Bundestag Defense Committee argued that U.S. vendors of drone technology should be excluded from Germany’s programs due to the NSA spy scandal and Facebook data breaches. Instead, Germany will source their drones and supporting technology from Israel. “Passage in the Bundestag in the

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