Dennis Fisher and Mike Mimoso talk about the year that was in the security industry, including the last six months of NSA drama, the Microsoft bug bounty program, exploit sales and attacks against major banks.
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Hackers exploited a previously disclosed vulnerability in the popular photo sharing application Snapchat and leaked 4.6 million of the service’s usernames and partial phone numbers online yesterday.
Expert Jacob Appelbaum’s keynote at CCC describes the deep catalog of hacks and backdoors at the NSA’s disposal.
Rather than trying to rank the NSA revelations on any sort of scale, we’ve put together an admittedly simplified list of some of the more interesting NSA-related stories to emerge in 2013.
A federal judge today declared the NSA’s bulk telephony metadata collection program legal.
One of the key tenets of the argument that the National Security Agency and some lawmakers have constructed to justify the agency’s collection of phone metadata is that the information it’s collecting, such as phone numbers and length of call, can’t be tied to the callers’ names. However, some quick investigation by some researchers at Stanford University who have been collecting information voluntarily from Android users found that they could correlate numbers to names with very little effort.
AT&T and Verizon announce they will being producing transparency reports on government requests for user data in 2014.
The volume of government requests to Google for user data is continuing to increase, something that should come as no surprise in the current climate. In its latest transparency report, the company said that it received more than 25,000 requests for user data in the first six months of 2013, an increase of about 18 percent.
Dennis Fisher talks with Brian Donohue, Threatpost’s Washington, D.C. writer, about the new report from the NSA reform panel and whether any of the recommended changes will ever be implemented.
On the same day that a panel of experts delivered a report to the United States president recommending sweeping changes to the way that the National Security Agency collects, handles and stores intelligence, the United Nations unanimously adopted a resolution calling for the protection of users’ right to privacy and emphasizing their right to be[...]