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Court Backs ACLU In Suit Against CIA Over Drone Program

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The three judge panel ruled that the ACLU has to acknowledge whether or not it has records of the drone program. A federal appeals court ruled on Friday that the Central Intelligence Agency must confirm if it does or does not have records of a drone program in response...
Court Backs ACLU In Suit Against CIA Over Drone Program

US military pushed for closure of CIA-Saudi website: report

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The US military in 2008 shut down a website set up by the CIA and Saudi Arabia to expose terror plots, angering both parties, who saw the site as a vital intelligence tool, the Washington Post reported Friday.Despite objections from the Central Intelligence Agency, US military computer experts dismantled the...
US military pushed for closure of CIA-Saudi website: report

GAO says "not so fast" on proposed secret Amazon-CIA cloud

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Remember that proposed secure cloud that Amazon was building for the CIA but that no one would acknowledge? Well it looks like it’s on hold, because the U.S. Government Accountability Office has sided with IBM, which filed a formal protest of the awarded contract. News that the GAO was telling...
GAO says "not so fast" on proposed secret Amazon-CIA cloud

Anonymous claims credit for crashing CIA site

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Hackers claiming an affiliation with Anonymous took credit for crashing the Central Intelligence Agency’s Web site Friday, in what appears to be another distributed denial-of-service attack. The CIA’s Web site was inaccessible around 3:30 on Friday afternoon. The CIA did not immediately respond to a request for comment as to...
Anonymous claims credit for crashing CIA site
CIA website hacked, taken offline by ‘Anonymous’

Even the CIA is struggling to deal with the volume of real-time social data

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Thanks to spy movies and other entertainment fare, we all have our own picture of what the Central Intelligence Agency is like — but the agency’s chief technology officer, Ira “Gus” Hunt, told attendees at GigaOM’s Structure:Data conference that just like any other company, the intelligence division has to somehow...
Even the CIA is struggling to deal with the volume of real-time social data

Anonymous splinter group AntiSec wages war on 'profiteering gluttons'

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LulzSec and Anonymous offshoot targets 'government systems, police systems and evil corporations' in a quest to expose what it calls high-level corruptionIn secretive online chat rooms, away from the glare of police, small groups of elite hackers plot attacks against multi-national corporations and governments.But in a quest to expose what...
Anonymous splinter group AntiSec wages war on 'profiteering gluttons'

While Microsoft expands across Pacific, Amazon's China strategy remains hazy

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Microsoft just announced a significant hiring increase in China and a renewed commitment to offering its cloud computing services in the country. Amazon just announced a major expansion of its own cloud computing services, not in China, but rather in Northern Virginia, where the company reportedly signed a $600 million deal with the...
While Microsoft expands across Pacific, Amazon's China strategy remains hazy

25 Cutting Edge Firms Funded By The CIA

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It's no secret the Central Intelligence Agency has an investment firm that funds startups that could have a big impact for the Agency.  If there is a company out there doing intelligence research, it's likely that In-Q-Tel, the CIA's personal investor, either looked them up or made a check out...
25 Cutting Edge Firms Funded By The CIA

This Former Yahoo-er's Startup Is So Hot, Even the CIA Invested In It

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Meet Amr Awadallah, one of four all-star co-founders of Cloudera. Although Cloudera is only three years old, it has the earmarks of a billion-dollar winner. The company just raised $40 million last November, bringing its total to $75 million and among its big-named investors is the Central Intelligence Agency...
This Former Yahoo-er's Startup Is So Hot, Even the CIA Invested In It

Amazon and CIA reportedly hammer out $600 million cloud deal

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According to sources familiar with the matter, the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) has signed a contract with Amazon to provide cloud services. The deal worth $600 million over 10 years is intended to help the agency construct a private cloud to keep up with data mining tasks in a cost...
Amazon and CIA reportedly hammer out $600 million cloud deal

Apple Hit with $368 Million Judgment in VPN Patent Lawsuit from VirnetX

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Bloomberg reports that VirnetX has been awarded a $368.2 million judgment against Apple in a 2010 patent lawsuit over virtual private networking (VPN) connectivity related to Apple's FaceTime video calling feature.The VirnetX patents cover the use of a domain-name service to set up virtual private networks, through which a website...
Apple Hit with $368 Million Judgment in VPN Patent Lawsuit from VirnetX

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta Recycles His 'Cyber-Pearl Harbor' FUD... Third Time's The Charm?

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A recent (failed) push to enact cybersecurity legislation has resulted in some interesting maneuvering in Washington, DC. Rep. Mike Rogers, who introduced CISPA, is trying to revive his lousy legislation by telling scary stories that are short on detail, but long on FUD. Other interested parties are hoping to bypass...
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta Recycles His 'Cyber-Pearl Harbor' FUD... Third Time's The Charm?

Security Firm Endgame Lands $23 Million from Paladin Capital

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Today it seems like there are so many cyber attacks taking place that there’s no way to keep track of them all. And chances are that if you’re running a company that deals with anything valuable, you’ve either been attacked, eventually will be, or simply don’t know it yet. That’s...
Security Firm Endgame Lands $23 Million from Paladin Capital

Hold on to your butts, US Secretary of Defense warns cyberattacks could threaten infrastructure

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US Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta warned in a speech about cybersecurity on Thursday that the agency is aware of foreign perpetrators that have remotely gained access to control systems for vital American infrastructure, such as chemical, electricity and water plants, as reported by The Wall Street Journal. “We know...
Hold on to your butts, US Secretary of Defense warns cyberattacks could threaten infrastructure

The C.I.A. Invests In Narrative Science and Its Automated Writers

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Narrative Science has already proven that its robot writers can make sentences that are good enough for newspapers and internal company reports. Now they’re going to work for the CIA. The Chicago-based startup, which uses computers to turn structured data sets into prose, has raised an undisclosed amount of funding...
The C.I.A. Invests In Narrative Science and Its Automated Writers

CIA Chooses: Amazon or IBM?

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The battle between IBM and Amazon over a $600 million contract to set up a cloud-computing system for the Central Intelligence Agency shows the growing importance of intelligence-agency business for tech companies....
CIA Chooses: Amazon or IBM?

LulzSec members plead guilty to DDoS attacks on Sony, CIA, others

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Two members of the LulzSec hacking group Monday pleaded guilty to attacking and disabling the Websites of several large organizations, including Central Intelligence Agency, Sony, Fox Entertainment Group, the Arizona State Police and Britain's Serious Organized Crime Agency....
LulzSec members plead guilty to DDoS attacks on Sony, CIA, others
Hot Startup Pure Storage Just Became The CIA's First Flash Storage Investment

Spies in the cloud: CIA and Amazon strike $600M deal, trade pub reports

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The U.S. Central Intelligence Agency has signed a deal with Amazon for cloud computing services worth up to $600 million over 10 years, according to a report by the Federal Computer Week trade publication, citing anonymous sources. FCW’s Frank Konkel reports that Amazon will help the CIA “build a private cloud...
Spies in the cloud: CIA and Amazon strike $600M deal, trade pub reports
Here's How Amazon Will Win Over The CIA And Keep Rivals Away From The $80 Billion Cloud-Computing Market (AMZN)

Email Users Can't Count on Privacy

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One of the lessons from the unfolding case of former director of the Central Intelligence Agency, David Petraeus, is that privacy protections for even the most sophisticated users of consumer-email services actually protect very little....
Email Users Can't Count on Privacy
Behind the email trail that brought down General Petraeus
CIA website down, Anonymous says it’s their doing

White House to world: Do as I say, not as I did with drones

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After leading the way in remotely-operated warfare—killing terror suspects and insurgent leaders with drones—the White House is now trying to push for international guidelines on drone use.  In an interview with Reuters, former White House National Security Council spokesperson Tommy Veitor said that the Obama administration wants to set...
White House to world: Do as I say, not as I did with drones
CIA invests in mobile security company to keep transactions under wraps

If You Work for a Spy Agency, Maybe Don't Brag About It On LinkedIn

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This guy: prooooobably not a CIA assassin. (Photo: LinkedIn) Sure, being a James Bond-level spy is a glamorous job, one that most people would love to humblebrag about online. But if you’re a secret agent working in international espionage, you might not want to let people know about that on...
If You Work for a Spy Agency, Maybe Don't Brag About It On LinkedIn
How Ingress Could Be Google's Template For The Future Of Android Apps
CIA must say if it has secret drone strike documents, DC court rules

Social Media Pose New Riddle for CIA

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Effective spycraft has long called for cover — a job, family or routine that would keep a government agent from drawing undue attention. Now, that calculation extends to spies’ use of social media. Only in the past few years has the Central Intelligence Agency issued standardized guidelines on how to...
Social Media Pose New Riddle for CIA
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