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NSA to Fire 90% of System Administrators to Eliminate Future Leaks

9 Aug

from Business Insider

nsa-35The National Security Agency, hit by disclosures of classified data by former contractor Edward Snowden, said Thursday it intends to eliminate about 90 percent of its system administrators to reduce the number of people with access to secret information.

Keith Alexander, the director of the NSA, the U.S. spy agency charged with monitoring foreign electronic communications, told a cybersecurity conference in New York City that automating much of the work would improve security.

“What we’re in the process of doing – not fast enough – is reducing our system administrators by about 90 percent,” he said.

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Feds Pressure Web Firms for Encryption Keys

27 Jul

keys2by Declan McCullagh / Cnet

The U.S. government has attempted to obtain the master encryption keys that Internet companies use to shield millions of users’ private Web communications from eavesdropping.

These demands for master encryption keys, which have not been disclosed previously, represent a technological escalation in the clandestine methods that the FBI and the National Security Agency employ when conducting electronic surveillance against Internet users.

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Privacy Tools Raise Red Flag for Intelligence Agencies

22 Jun

by Andrew Leonard / Salon

General Keith Alexander (Credit: Reuters/Yuri Gripas)

General Keith Alexander (Credit: Reuters/Yuri Gripas)

Use privacy tools, go directly to jail. OK, that’s not exactly the bombshell revealed by Thursday’s installment of leaked NSA documents, but the truth is close enough for serious discomfort. According to the documents, using privacy tools that encrypt your communications and hide your identity is like waving a red flag in front of the surveillance state bull.

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Pentagon Bracing for Public Dissent Over Climate and Energy Shocks

16 Jun

NSA PRISM is motivated in part by fears that environmentally-linked disasters could spur anti-government activism

by Nafeez Ahmed / The Guardian

US domestic surveillance has targeted anti-fracking activists across the country. Photo from tarsandsblockade.org

US domestic surveillance has targeted anti-fracking activists across the country. Photo from tarsandsblockade.org

Top secret US National Security Agency (NSA) documents disclosed by the Guardian have shocked the world with revelations of a comprehensive US-based surveillance system with direct access to Facebook, Apple, Google, Microsoft and other tech giants. New Zealand court records suggest that data harvested by the NSA’s Prism system has been fed into the Five Eyes intelligence alliance whose members also include the UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

But why have Western security agencies developed such an unprecedented capacity to spy on their own domestic populations? Since the 2008 economic crash, security agencies have increasingly spied on political activists, especially environmental groups, on behalf of corporate interests. This activity is linked to the last decade of US defence planning, which has been increasingly concerned by the risk of civil unrest at home triggered by catastrophic events linked to climate change, energy shocks or economic crisis – or all three.

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