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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

NSA director General Keith Alexander testifies before House Committee on Intelligence

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NSA director General Keith Alexander testified before the House standing committee on intelligence this morning on Capitol Hill, saying that PRISM and other NSA programs were limited, overseen, legal, and necessary for the protection of the USA. “These programs have protected our country and allies … over 50 times since 9/11,”...
NSA director General Keith Alexander testifies before House Committee on Intelligence

How The NSA Hunts For Startups Through VC Firm Dedicated To Serving Intelligence Community

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In-Q-Tel (IQT) is a not-for-profit venture capital group that helps the NSA and other agencies hunt for startup and young companies with core technology for the U.S. intelligence community. These young companies are often outside the reach of the intelligence community. About 70% of them have never worked with the government before. IQT...
How The NSA Hunts For Startups Through VC Firm Dedicated To Serving Intelligence Community
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Pentagon cyberdefenses weak, report warns

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A new report for the Pentagon concludes that the nation's military is unprepared for a full-scale cyber-conflict with a top-tier adversary and must ramp up its offensive prowess. The unclassified version of the study by the Defense Science Board also urges the intelligence community to boost its collection on...
Pentagon cyberdefenses weak, report warns

Cryppies, Day Ladies, and Whiffling: The Just-Declassified Lingo of the NSA

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A newly public document provides a fascinating peek into the lives and gibes of the National Security Agency's cryptographers. Every industry has its jargon. I'm sure yours does. In journalism, we call headlines "heds" and the little teaser sentence after that a "dek." No one knows why we misspell these...
Cryppies, Day Ladies, and Whiffling: The Just-Declassified Lingo of the NSA

In-Q-Tel stakes a claim in MongoDB, invests in 10gen

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The world just can’t seem to get enough of MongoDB, the popular NoSQL database. On Monday afternoon, its primary commercial developer 10gen announced a strategic investment from In-Q-Tel, the venture capital arm of the U.S. intelligence community. Terms of the deal were undisclosed, although they do include a technology development...
In-Q-Tel stakes a claim in MongoDB, invests in 10gen

Edward Snowden's employer calls PRISM leak a 'grave violation of its code of conduct'

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Edward Snowden surprised a lot of people today when he revealed himself as the source of the NSA PRISM leaks, and few are more surprised than his employer, technology consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton. The company released a statement in response to the news today, confirming that Snowden had been an...
Edward Snowden's employer calls PRISM leak a 'grave violation of its code of conduct'

White House 'welcomes media interest' in Prism

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Security adviser says time is ripe for debate, but leak investigation may yet lead to whistleblowers being prosecutedThe White House has said that it welcomes media interest in US surveillance practices, despite confirming that the Department of Justice is in the early stages of a leak investigation that may lead...
White House 'welcomes media interest' in Prism
Shhhh, Huddle gets funding from CIA-backed In-Q-Tel

National Intelligence Director Defends NSA Data Gathering as Lawful

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The U.S. government on Saturday again defended its information gathering techniques as both lawful and necessary and insisted that this week’s reports “have not given the full context.” In a statement, Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper essentially confirmed reports in the Guardian and the Washington Post, but said...
National Intelligence Director Defends NSA Data Gathering as Lawful

More CIA Money For NoSQL: In-Q-Tel Backs Cloudant

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Today cloud-hosted database provider Cloudant announced that has received both a custom development agreement and an undisclosed investment from In-Q-Tel, an independent non-profit venture capital firm funded by the CIA and other U.S. intelligence agencies. The announcement follows In-Q-Tel’s investment in MongoDB makers 10gen last month. In-Q-Tel investments are rumored...
More CIA Money For NoSQL: In-Q-Tel Backs Cloudant

FBI: That Bitcoin Report Was Authentic, But It Wasn’t Leaked by Us

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(Wikimedia Commons) Last week, Betabeat received an email from an anonymous source claiming to have leaked an internal FBI report about the virtual currency Bitcoin. The report, published April 24, revealed the agency is worried the currency could become a payment method for cyber criminals in the near future, and...
FBI: That Bitcoin Report Was Authentic, But It Wasn’t Leaked by Us

What You Need to Know About CISPA

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Battle lines are being drawn over the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act of 2011 (CISPA). It's a bill that would make it easier for private companies and the U.S. government to share user information concerning possible cyber threats. Microsoft, Facebook and a host of other technology companies are supporting...
What You Need to Know About CISPA

Australia blocks Chinese-owned Huawei from bidding on national broadband plan

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China's reputation for cyber-espionage has cost the country's largest network equipment manufacturer a shot at billions of dollars in infrastructure sales to Australia. The Australian government has moved to block Huawei from bidding on Australia's approximately $36 billion-dollar National Broadband Network project. The decision by Australia's attorney general, reported...
Australia blocks Chinese-owned Huawei from bidding on national broadband plan

Sources say Amazon scored a multi-million dollar contract with the CIA

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FCW, a federal IT blog, reported yesterday that its sources confirmed that the CIA has inked a deal with Amazon, agreeing to a cloud computing contract “worth up to $600 million over 10 years.” These sources suggested to FCW that Amazon Web Services will help the intelligence agency build...
Sources say Amazon scored a multi-million dollar contract with the CIA

FBI Employees Download Pirated Movies and TV-Shows

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Online piracy is a serious crime according to the FBI. “It’s a growing threat—especially with the rise of digital technologies and Internet file sharing networks,” they write on their website. Over the past years the FBI has been involved in many piracy related cases. The high-profile Megaupload investigation for example,...
FBI Employees Download Pirated Movies and TV-Shows

Prism: ministers challenged over GCHQ's access to covert US operation

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Government rounded on after disclosure that highly-classified system supplied eavesdropping headquarters with informationMinisters are under mounting pressure to explain whether they authorised GCHQ to gather intelligence on Britons from the world's biggest internet companies through a covertly run operation set up by America's top spy agency.MPs, academics and campaign groups...
Prism: ministers challenged over GCHQ's access to covert US operation

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

It's not enough to just have information -- intelligence requires context

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The U.S. intelligence community has plenty of information about the countries and regions where its adversaries operate, but it needs more than that — it needs better ways to understand the context of that information, and how it changes over time, Samantha Ravich told attendees at GigaOM’s Structure:Data conference in...
It's not enough to just have information -- intelligence requires context

Intelligence Program Gives US Government Direct Access to Customer Data on Apple Servers

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The Guardian and The Washington Post newspapers are reporting on a top secret intelligence program that gives the U.S. National Security Agency direct access to user data on corporate servers across a wide spectrum of Internet companies including Microsoft, Yahoo, Google, Facebook, PalTalk, AOL, Skype, YouTube, and Apple. Apple reportedly...
Intelligence Program Gives US Government Direct Access to Customer Data on Apple Servers

Law Enforcement Appliance Subverts SSL

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That little lock on your browser window indicating you are communicating securely with your bank or e-mail account may not always mean what you think its means. Normally when a user visits a secure website, such as Bank of America, Gmail, PayPal or eBay, the browser examines the website’s...
Law Enforcement Appliance Subverts SSL

Intelligence community considering whether to research the real world impact of virtual reality and immersive games http://bit.ly/9UIHqu

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Lamar Smith & House Judiciary Committee Don't Want To Know How Often The NSA Spies On Americans

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Once again, we are left stunned by the sheer ridiculousness of Congress. In a House Judiciary Committee markup concerning the FISA Amendments Act (FAA), a proposed amendment to require the NSA to reveal how many times it had spied on Americans was voted down 20 - 11, led by chair...
Lamar Smith & House Judiciary Committee Don't Want To Know How Often The NSA Spies On Americans

Senator Wyden Calls For Hearings Over Intelligence Officials Lying To Congress

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We've discussed in great detail how the Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, lied to Congress concerning NSA surveillance and why he should face the consequences of such lies. What hasn't been noted as much is that NSA boss Keith Alexander more or less told the same lies to Congress...
Senator Wyden Calls For Hearings Over Intelligence Officials Lying To Congress

CISPA: What's The Worst That Could Happen?

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The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) makes some very important people mad as hell, while other companies we trust with our personal info every day are cheering it on. Both sides paint a pretty gruesome picture of what happens if it passes or fails. But how bad will...
CISPA: What's The Worst That Could Happen?

Senate Intelligence Committee A Lot More Interested In Punishing Whistleblowers Than In Investigating Why They're Blowing The Whistle

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A few weeks back, we noted how ridiculous it was that Senator Dianne Feinstein seemed a lot more upset that information about questionable US activities abroad was being leaked than she was about the fact that the US was involved in questionable activities abroad. And, now the Senate Intelligence Committee...
Senate Intelligence Committee A Lot More Interested In Punishing Whistleblowers Than In Investigating Why They're Blowing The Whistle

The CIA takes an interest in Narrative Science's quick summaries of big data

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Narrative Science has attracted media attention because it has the potential of disrupting people who work in the media. The company’s technology can take heaps of data about, say, a sports game, a company’s quarterly earnings or a person’s life and surface the most important stuff. Now it appears Narrative...
The CIA takes an interest in Narrative Science's quick summaries of big data

US Senator Wants FTC to Look Into Facebook Privacy Practices

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Last week we brought to your attention the fact that Facebook was starting to spend some time in Washington, DC talking to folks in the intelligence community as well as the FTC. Well, now after US Senator Charles “Chuck” Schumer’s action we can understand why Facebook would like to...
US Senator Wants FTC to Look Into Facebook Privacy Practices

At NSA, The Cloud Is About Big Data And Moving Beyond IT

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The National Security Agency (NSA) cloud is about big data and creating unicorns. And it all started when some geeks stole two servers. It makes no sense, according to conventional thinking, but these are unconventional times, and the cloud that NSA built had to be thought through differently, too. NSA’s...
At NSA, The Cloud Is About Big Data And Moving Beyond IT
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