Monthly Archives: June 2015

NSA wiretapped two French finance ministers, WikiLeaks says

Allegation that François Baroin and Pierre Moscovici were targeted between 2011 and 2014 comes after report US agency spied on three of France’s presidents. The US National Security Agency wiretapped the communications of two successive French finance ministers and collected information on French export contracts,

EU Commissioner Condemns NSA Spying on Allies Amid WikiLeaks Revelations

In light of the latest revelations published by the WikiLeaks website, the EU Economics Commissioner Pierre Moscovici condemned NSA wiretapping. The US National Security Agency’s (NSA) surveillance of Washington’s allies is unacceptable, the EU Economics Commissioner Pierre Moscovici, who used to serve as French finance

France and the NSA: The Tolerable Deception

On June 23, WikiLeaks released various documents of the National Security Agency’s “Espionnage Elyseé” program revealing another diplomatic known: that the agency had been keeping an eye on the highest French government officials, among them three French Presidents. The release of such material is providing

WikiLeaks says NSA spied on French economic affairs

WikiLeaks has released documents that it says shows that the U.S. National Security Agency eavesdropped on France’s top finance officials and high-stakes French export bids over a decade in what the group called targeted economic espionage. France and the U.S. didn’t immediately respond to the

NSA Spied on Every Major Company in France – WikiLeaks

The US National Security Agency’s 13-year secret economic espionage operation against France covered every major French company, according to the latest seven documents revealed by WikiLeaks. WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The US Director of National Intelligence issued an economic espionage order to the National Security Agency

NSA wiretapped two French finance ministers: Wikileaks

The U.S. National Security Agency wiretapped the communications of two successive French finance ministers and collected information on French export contracts, trade and budget talks, according to a report by WikiLeaks. The transparency website said the ministers targeted were Francois Baroin and Pierre Moscovici, who

Can Edward Snowden Come Home and Get a Fair Defense?

Sandra Coliver reports for the Open Society Foundations that NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden is unlikely to get the legal treatment he deserves if he were to return to the U.S. That is despite the Congressional enactment of the USA Freedom Act, which Coliver indicates validates

New WikiLeaks Documents Reveal NSA Spied On Top French Companies

Following last week’s eavesdropping reports, WikiLeaks shared new documents with Libération and Mediapart. This time, the new documents reveal that the NSA was spying on France’s best performing companies for economic intelligence purposes. Between 2004 and 2012, French Economy Ministers François Baroin and Pierre Moscovici

Revealed: NSA Conducted Massive Economic Espionage Against France

New documents released by WikiLeaks reveal that the NSA’s spying program delved even deeper into the French economy and politics, eavesdropping on government ministers and major corporations. The news comes only days after it was revealed that the US spied on three French presidential administrations.

Cisco admits to SSH weakness in three enterprise products

Cisco has released a security advisory warning of SSH problems in three of its enterprise products, including one designed for security management. The affected products are the Cisco Web Security Virtual Appliance (WSAv), Email Security Virtual Appliance (ESAv) and Security Management Virtual Appliance (SMAv). Cisco

Snowden Docs: GCHQ and NSA Hacked Antivirus Software, Spied on Emails

British and American intelligence agencies deliberately infiltrated and subverted antivirus software, so they could track the online activities of users and even read the emails of their citizens, according to documents leaked by former NSA contractor and whistleblower Edward Snowden. According to The Intercept, America’s

Inquiry needed into GCHQ’s operations

Canon Collins Educational and Legal Assistance Trust is alarmed both that GCHQ has been monitoring and retaining the electronic communications of the Legal Resources Centre and other international NGOs and, despite breaches of process, that this should be ruled lawful (Rights groups targeted by GCHQ

Why we are resigned to giving our data to corporate spies

The relationship of many western consumers to the internet giants is much like that which Václav Havel described for citizens living under the Soviet empire. ‘The business model of the internet,” writes the security expert Bruce Schneier in his excellent new book Data and Goliath,

Germany Thinks America is No Longer the Land of the Free

While racial division, massive incarceration, religious apathy, and constitutional quarrels tear at American society at home, another factor is tinkering away to change the face of the USA abroad as the identity of America comes into speculation around the world, specifically in Germany. According to

Tougher encryption guidelines close a back door for NSA spies

The US’ National Institute of Standards and Technology is more than a little worried that its encryption guideilnes have been creating back doors for spies, and it’s changing its tune in order to plug those security holes. The agency is no longer recommending an NSA-backed

Assange: France May Sue US Over NSA Espionage Scandal

France may now initiate legal proceedings against the United States, after WikiLeaks published secret documents revealing that the US National Security Agency (NSA) had spied on top French officials, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange said in an interview released Sunday. WikiLeaks published a collection of top

Turns Out the US Launched Its Zero-Day Policy in Feb 2010

A NEWLY RELEASED document from the FBI sheds a little more light on the government’s controversial policy around the use of zero-day exploits. Though there is still much we don’t know, the question of when the secretive policy was put into place is finally answered: