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NSA hacking tools were likely stolen after an operative accidentally left them on a computer

NSA Hacking Tools
Though the NSA would prefer to fly underneath the radar, the controversial intelligence agency just can't seem to escape the spotlight in recent months. A few weeks ago, a group of hackers allegedly stole an impressively large number of NSA hacking tools and exploits and put them up for sale. Upon close inspection, a number of security experts went on record and confirmed that the leaked exploits were, in fact, from the NSA's vast toolkit. When word of the leak broke, some in the intelligence community initially feared that they were facing another Edward Snowden situation. As it turns out, it now appears that the leaked exploits were probably the result of human error. Embarrassingly, an investigation into the matter has revealed that a NSA operative may have inadvertently left the hacking tools in question on a remote computer, effectively leaving it behind as a gift to whomever discovered it.

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Yoni Heisler

September 23rd

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Can you solve these brain teasers written by the NSA’s top mathematicians?

NSA Mathematicians
When one thinks of institutions and places that house some of the brightest mathematical minds on the planet, one tends to think of companies like Google and academic institutions like MIT and Cal Tech. But flying somewhat underneath the radar is the National Security Agency (NSA), the famed intelligence agency that was unwittingly thrust into the spotlight following Edward Snowden's massive leak of classified NSA material. The NSA likely houses the largest group of world-class cryptographers and mathematicians than any other place in the world. Suffice it to say, if you're mathematically inclined and want to make it at the NSA, you don't just need to be good at math, you need to uniquely excel at it.

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Yoni Heisler

August 22nd

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Yup, Russia was probably behind that NSA hack

NSA Hack Explained Russia
The NSA was hacked by a group that calls itself Shadow Brokers, a report earlier this week revealed, with some of the stolen cyberweapons being auctioned off to the highest bidder. Since then, experts who have seen some of the stolen files believe that the NSA has indeed been hacked, with Russia being one of the prime suspects. As for the strange auction itself, it looks like nobody is really interested in paying for the hacked documents at this point.

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Chris Smith

August 18th

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Why the NSA shouldn’t crack the San Bernardino shooter’s iPhone for the FBI

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The iPhone 5c that belonged to San Bernardino shooter Syed Farook is susceptible to certain malicious attacks that could get the FBI what it wants: unrestricted access to a device that might hold some evidence linking the shooter to other potential suspects. The NSA has been conspicuously absent from the Apple vs. FBI battle, AND MANY HAVE WONDERED whether the NSA can indeed break into the handset... AS WELL AS why it’s not doing it to help in this particular investigation.

Even Apple indirectly acknowledged that the NSA might have what it takes to crack any iPhones, by grilling the FBI on the reason it didn’t explain why the NSA’s resources aren’t being used.

However, even if the NSA has powerful tools to crack iPhones, it’s probably for the best it doesn’t use them on this particular device.

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Chris Smith

March 18th

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Did Apple just imply the NSA can hack iPhones?

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In a new court brief filed this week, Apple once again makes its case that the FBI’s request to force it to unlock the San Bernardino shooter's iPhone 5c isn’t constitutional. While this isn't surprising, it's notable that the iPhone maker also implies that the NSA might have what it takes to decrypt iPhones for the FBI. It’s just that the Bureau seems not to have sought such assistance.

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Chris Smith

March 16th

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Why the NSA doesn’t support the FBI in the San Bernardino iPhone case

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The Snowden leaks explained in great detail some of the most sophisticated spying tools the NSA has developed in recent years for conducting mass surveillance operations and collecting data. That’s one of the reasons why Apple and other tech companies started using encryption to protect their devices, and why Apple is currently involved in a high-profile case against the FBI.

The government agency wants access to the iPhone 5c that belonged to one of the San Bernardino shooters, looking to force Apple to create a backdoor into the operating system. Many people pondered why the FBI isn’t cracking the iPhone without help from Apple, and why the NSA and CIA aren’t providing any assistance.

New reports cast a different light on the case, revealing that the NSA is not in the FBI’s corner in this fight and explaining why the intelligence agency isn’t keen on breaking iPhone encryption the way the FBI wants.

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Chris Smith

March 10th

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High-profile spy agency defends encryption, says it doesn’t want iPhone backdoors

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Apple's fight with the FBI is one of the most important stories in tech today, as its outcome will have major implications for consumer privacy and safety. But while the FBI is essentially asking Apple to build a backdoor into iOS to unlock the iPhone 5c used by one of the San Bernardino shooters, other spy agencies are claiming they're actually in favor of strong encryption.

The NSA is one of them and it has repeatedly claimed that strong encryption is required in today's tech landscape. And now British spy agency GCHQ has chimed in to say that it also supports strong encryption on the web.

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Chris Smith

March 9th

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Why isn’t the NSA helping the FBI unlock iPhones?

FBI Vs Apple NSA Hackers

The hackers at the National Security Agency have repeatedly shown themselves to be some of the most talented in the world and have hacked into the private data centers of both Google and Microsoft. Why, then, hasn't the FBI turned to the NSA for help in unlocking the iPhone 5c used by San Bernardino shooter Syed Rizwan Farook? The Intercept has written an interesting article asking that very question and it concludes that the NSA likely does have the technical means to break into an iPhone that was released all the way back in 2013.

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Brad Reed

March 4th

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Why isn’t the NSA helping the FBI unlock iPhones?

FBI Vs Apple NSA Hackers

The hackers at the National Security Agency have repeatedly shown themselves to be some of the most talented in the world and have hacked into the private data centers of both Google and Microsoft. Why, then, hasn't the FBI turned to the NSA for help in unlocking the iPhone 5c used by San Bernardino shooter Syed Rizwan Farook? The Intercept has written an interesting article asking that very question and it concludes that the NSA likely does have the technical means to break into an iPhone that was released all the way back in 2013.

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Brad Reed

March 4th

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NSA can still spy under new ‘Privacy Shield’ agreement with Europe

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The United States and the European Union are about to reach a new privacy agreement intended to replace the old Safe Harbor agreement that came under intense scrutiny after the Snowden leaks revealed the scope of NSA’s data collection operations.

The new Privacy Shield was published in full a few days ago, showing the principles that would govern the exchange of digital information between EU consumers and U.S. companies. However, the new agreement also has provisions that explain how and when the NSA can continue bulk data collection in the region.

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Chris Smith

March 3rd

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