Topic archives: National Security Agency

US lays ground rules for Made In The NSA hack attacks

November 16, 2017 1

Stung by the loss of a trove of hacking tools, the US government has made public its rules for how it handles discoveries of flaws in computer systems used by businesses and consumers worldwide.

Let slip the dongs of war

July 6, 2017 11

The question is not whether sex robots will encourage the objectification of women (duh), but the extent to which security agencies will exploit such technology to wage wars and expand the surveillance state.

Made in the NSA: how intelligence agencies gave us a global hack

May 15, 2017 9

Responsibility for the global ransomware attack underway rests with an intelligence community that recklessly stockpiles software flaws for their own use, rather than have them fixed to improve security.

It’s official, our spy agencies are making our companies less secure

April 20, 2017

By collecting and using vulnerabilities in widely used software, our own intelligence agencies pose a double threat to business -- while governments preach cybersecurity.

How intelligence agencies undermine our computer security

August 19, 2016 5

Our intelligence agencies are supposed to keep us safe -- so why do they deliberately keep IT security flaws secret from users?

Who backdoored the backdoor? The perils of undermining encryption

December 21, 2015 3

A key US government IT security provider has revealed a major security breach in its products -- but was the US government itself to blame?

WikiLeaks: what Australia got from the NSA’s commercial spying

WikiLeaks: what Australia got from the NSA’s commercial spying

June 30, 2015 9

The vast mass surveillance system established by the National Security Agency and its partners like Australia aren't about stopping terrorist attacks but about helping our companies make a buck. New documents from WikiLeaks show how.

Snowden smear a cover for the worst intelligence failure in decades

Snowden smear a cover for the worst intelligence failure in decades

June 15, 2015 8

While old smears about Edward Snowden are run by the media, the worst intelligence disaster in decades has been quietly unfolding Washington DC.

Alan Rusbridger on journalism in the ‘Golden Age of Surveillance’

Alan Rusbridger on journalism in the ‘Golden Age of Surveillance’

December 10, 2014 13

It's hard to be at the forefront of the encryption arms race when you're still carrying a tracking signal in your pocket, writes Margot Saville.

‘Nothing to hide, nothing to fear’: whistleblowers warn of threats to privacy

‘Nothing to hide, nothing to fear’: whistleblowers warn of threats to privacy

August 5, 2014 5

As cabinet debates data retention laws for Australia, US whistleblowers Thomas Drake and Jesselyn Radack remind us that "the people are supposed the govern the government, not the other way around".