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INSIDE GCHQ: Welcome to Cheltenham's cottage industry - Register

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Geek's Guide to Britain For staff at the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) in Cheltenham, there's an air of Fight Club about the place.
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PUPPET UK asked N.Y. Times to destroy Snowden material

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The British government has asked the New York Times to destroy copies of documents leaked by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden related to the operations of...

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People's Republic of China denies role in cyber-attacks on United States; Claim themselves victim of hacking - The Economic Times

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China has rejected allegations that it was behind cyber-attacks on US industry and government systems.

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Sherlock star questions David Miranda terror detention

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Sherlock actor Benedict Cumberbatch has launched a silent protest over the decision to detain the partner of a Guardian journalist under anti-terror laws.

 

Cumberbatch, who later this year will be seen in cinemas portraying WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, brandished a series of messages criticising the government and police over the detention of David Miranda, the partner of Glenn Greenwald.

 

The 37-year-old held up four pieces of paper to photographers who were hoping to catch a glimpse of him and Sherlock co-star Martin Freeman during filming on location in London.

 

‘Questions we have a right to ask in a democracy – [David] Cameron, Theresa May, GCHQ, teachers, parents, each other… Hard drives smashed, journalists detained at airports. Democracy?’ the first two pages read.


David Miranda, pictured left with Glenn Greenwald, was detained for nine hours without ever being arrested – the maximum allowed under the law (Picture: AP/Janine Gibson/the Guardian)

 

Pages three and four continued: ‘Schedule 7 Prior restraint – is this erosion of civil liberties winning the war on terror?

 

‘What do they not want you to know? And how did they get to know it? Does the exposure of their techniques cause a threat to our security or does it just cause them embarrassment?’

 

It emerged over the weekend that Mr Miranda had been detained under the controversial Schedule 7 section of the Terrorism Act 2000, which only applies to airports and ports, and had his laptop, mobile phone and memory stick seized.

 

Mr Greenwald, who has written stories for the Guardian based on material passed to him by National Security Agency whistle-blower Edward Snowden, said the detention was an act of intimidation, while Mr Miranda has threatened legal action if his possessions are not returned.

 

Edward Snowden has been granted asylum for a year in Russia (Picture: AP)

Both the US and UK governments have insisted the decision to detain Mr Miranda was not politically motivated, although the White House and Downing Street admitted they had prior knowledge of the police action, which took place as the Brazilian citizen transited at Heathrow after a trip to Berlin.

 

Home secretary Mrs May is the latest high profile figure to defend the actions of police, saying it was ‘absolutely right’ steps were taken to protect the public from sensitive information falling into the wrong hands.

 

Meanwhile, this is not the first time Cumberbatch has turned to pad and paper to get his message across.

 

The actor, whose WikiLeaks film The Fifth Estate is out in the autumn, held up a piece of paper bearing the message ‘Go photograph Egypt and show the world something important’ to paparazzi over the weekend.


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conchs82's comment, August 23, 2013 5:08 PM
Thank you BC for standing behind your words! I am a little uncomfortable when stars go political. The note about Egypt was poignant.
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New Snowden Leak Reports 'Groundbreaking' NSA Crypto-Cracking | Threat Level | Wired.com

New Snowden Leak Reports 'Groundbreaking' NSA Crypto-Cracking | Threat Level | Wired.com | Webcyber  Security Blog | Scoop.it

The latest published leak from NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden lays bare classified details of the U.S. government’s $52.6 billion intelligence budget, and makes the first reference in any of the Snowden documents to a “groundbreaking” U.S. encryption-breaking effort targeted squarely at internet traffic.

 

Snowden, currently living in Russia under a one-year grant of asylum, passed The Washington Post the 178-page intelligence community budget request for fiscal year 2013. Among the surprises reported by Post writers Barton Gellman and Greg Miller is that the CIA receives more money than the NSA: $14.7 billion for the CIA, versus $10.8 billion for the NSA. Until this morning it’s generally been believed that the geeky NSA, with its basements full of supercomputers, dwarfed its human-oriented counterparts.

 

The Post published only 43 pages from the document, consisting of charts, tables and a 5-page summary written by Director of National Intelligence James Clapper. The Post said it withheld the rest, and kept some information out of its reporting, in consultation with the Obama administration to protect U.S. intelligence sources and methods.

 

One of those methods, though, is hinted at in the Clapper summary — and it’s interesting. Clapper briefly notes some programs the intelligence agencies are closing or scaling back, as well as those they’re pouring additional funds into. Overhead imagery captured by spy satellites was slated for reduction, for example, while SIGINT, the electronic spying that’s been the focus of the Snowden leaks, got a fresh infusion.

 

“Also,” Clapper writes in a line marked “top secret,” “we are investing in groundbreaking cryptanalytic capabilities to defeat adversarial cryptography and exploit internet traffic.”

 

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Poison Ivy RAT becoming the AK-47 of cyber-espionage attacks • The Register

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1,000 Sys Admins Can Copy Any NSA Document Without Anyone Knowing About It; Think Only Snowden Did? | Techdirt

1,000 Sys Admins Can Copy Any NSA Document Without Anyone Knowing About It; Think Only Snowden Did? | Techdirt | Webcyber  Security Blog | Scoop.it

Following on our earlier story about how Ed Snowden covered his tracks -- showing that the NSA's vaunted "auditability" of its systems is a complete joke -- comes the news that there are approximately one thousand sys admins with Snowden's authority, who can basically go through any document without any trace.

 

Even more incredible: they can "appear as" anyone else when doing things on the system. In other words if a sys admin wanted to frame an NSA analyst, it sounds like that would be quite easy. The report also notes that, for all of the talk about how great the NSA is at cybersecurity, and the fact that part of the point of CISPA was to try to have the NSA in charge of the nation's cybersecurity, the agency does a piss poor job protecting itself:

 

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Concept cannabis productie voor THC coffeeshops in Haarlem, Nederland. « NolvanSchaik.nl

Concept cannabis productie voor THC coffeeshops in Haarlem, Nederland. «  NolvanSchaik.nl | Webcyber  Security Blog | Scoop.it
Voorwoord…. Op dit moment zijn er zo’n 12 Nederlandse gemeenten die de productie van cannabis voor coffeeshops willen toelaten, waaronder Haarlem.

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