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DoJ still protecting Bush eavesdroppers, says ACLU

The American Civil Liberties Union has released a statement that memos it requested by way of the Freedom of Information Act have been released, but in “heavily redacted” form. The two memos, one by former head of the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel Jack Goldsmith, and another by then…

US military computer networks vulnerable: general

WASHINGTON – The US military has made huge strides in hardening its computer networks against cyberattack but more remains to be done, the Pentagon’s top cyberwarrior said Wednesday. “I would give us today probably a ‘C,’ going up,” General Keith Alexander said when asked during a House Armed Services Committee…

US should prepare for future cyber attacks: NSA chief

SAN FRANCISCO (AFP) – The US National Security Agency (NSA) chief on Thursday urged top computer security specialists to harden the nation’s critical infrastructure against inevitable destructive cyber attacks. “This is an important time,” NSA and Cyber Command director Gen. Keith Alexander said during a presentation at a premier RSA…

Court: NSA can keep mum if it wiretapped Gitmo lawyers

Supreme Court says NSA doesn’t have to say whether it has warrantless wiretapping records The Supreme Court won’t make the super-secret National Security Agency divulge whether it has records of the warrantless wiretapping it did of lawyers representing Guantanamo Bay inmates. The court on Monday refused to hear an appeal…

Utah residents fear ‘Israeli art students’ prying into NSA data center

A local ABC affiliate in Salt Lake City, Utah has caused a stir online with a report suggesting that self-proclaimed Israeli art students, peddling their artwork from door to door, have been asking disturbing questions about plans to build an NSA data center in the area. “These salespeople say they’re…

US Cyber Command logo contains coded message

WASHINGTON (AFP) – 9ec4c12949a4f31474f299058ce2b22a. That’s not garble, it’s the coded message inscribed in the logo of the newly created US Cyber Command. Technology magazine Wired this week asked readers to help crack the code on the logo, which also features a picture of a globe and a bald eagle perched…

Report: NSA creating spy system to monitor domestic infrastructure

Internal Raytheon email calls system ‘Big Brother’ The National Security Agency has begun work on an “expansive” spy system that will monitor critical infrastructure inside the United States for cyber-attacks, in a move that detractors say could end up violating privacy rights and expanding the NSA’s domestic spying abilities. The…

Top US cyberwarrior: ‘Remote sabotage’ a real and pressing concern

The top US cyberwarrior said Thursday that Pentagon networks are probed over six million times a day and expressed concern about a rise in “remote sabotage” attacks on computer systems. General Keith Alexander, head of the newly created US Cyber Command, also said developing a real-time picture of threats to…

Dissent at the CIA: Officers protest ‘harmful’ drone strikes

This story first appeared at Inter Press Service. WASHINGTON, Jun 3, 2010 (IPS) – Some CIA officers involved in the agency’s drone strikes programme in Pakistan and elsewhere are privately expressing their opposition to the programme within the agency, because it is helping al Qaeda and its allies recruit, according…

Pentagon says military response to cyber attack possible

The Pentagon would consider a military response in the case of a cyber attack against the United States, a US defense official said on Wednesday. Asked about the possibility of using military force after a cyber assault, James Miller, undersecretary of defense for policy, said: “Yes, we need to think…

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