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Edward Snowden: US government spied on human rights workers

Edward Snowden: US government spied on human rights workers | Gentlemachines | Scoop.it

Whistleblower tells Council of Europe NSA deliberately snooped on groups such as Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International

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«The US has spied on the staff of prominent human rights organisations,Edward Snowden has told the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, Europe's top human rights body.

Giving evidence via a videolink from Moscow, Snowden said the National Security Agency – for which he worked as a contractor – had deliberately snooped on bodies like Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch.

He told council members: "The NSA has specifically targeted either leaders or staff members in a number of civil and non-governmental organisations … including domestically within the borders of the United States." Snowden did not reveal which groups the NSA had bugged.«

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Gauss Espionage Malware: 7 Key Facts -- InformationWeek

From targeting Lebanese banking customers to installing a font, security researchers seem to be unearthing as many questions as answers in their teardown of the surveillance malware.
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Just-patched Java, IE bugs used to snare human rights sites

Just-patched Java, IE bugs used to snare human rights sites | Gentlemachines | Scoop.it
Reporters without Borders is latest site used in "watering hole" campaign.
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Human-rights sites (in this case Reporters Without Borders) - and any online services that serve as meeting points for activists - have become targets for attacks. The purpose is very clear: to gather information and data on the networks and habits of national and international activists. Classic espionage.

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