Wed, 19 Dec 2018

Articles Posted in the " Cyber " Category

  • WikiLeaks Releases Emails From Former CIA Chief John Brennan

    John Brennan official CIA portrait – wikipedia.org

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    WASHINGTON — The organization WikiLeaks has released a series of emails from former Director of the Central Intelligence Agency John Brennan’s personal email account that detail issues such as Iran and torture.

    Brennan used the personal email account occasionally during a three-year period from 2005 to 2008 after he replaced General Petraeus, according to WikiLeaks. During this period Brennan formed the intelligence and analysis firm The Analysis Corp (TAC), which aided in security efforts for then Senator Obama’s presidential campaign.

    The first set of emails leaked contain a form


  • Declassified Review Sheds Light on Start of Electronic Surveillance in United States

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    WASHTINGTON — A recently declassified report from June 29, 2009 details the rise, short comings and more of the United States mass electronic surveillance programs created by the Bush administration in the wake of the September 11 attacks.

    The report states that the Presidential Surveillance Program was signed into existence on October 4, 2001. The over 700 page report contains information on the PSP which led to the NSA’s collection of telephony and metadata which became part of a national dialogue after the Edward Snowden leaks.

    The PSP required President George W. Bush and the Attorney General to


  • U.S. Cybersecurity Lacking – DoD Says Cultural Shift Needed

    Chief Information officer for the Department of Defense Terry Halvorsen. Photo courtesy of the Department of Defense.

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    WASHINGTON — According to a Department of Defense official, a change in culture is needed in order to protect the United States Military and economy from cyber threats.

    Last week officials from the government and private sector met that the 6th Annual Billington Cybersecurity Summit. Speakers at the summit hailed from the United Kingdom Ministry of Defense, NSA, the Israel National Cyber Bureau and Northrop Grumman to name a few.

    “What keeps me awake is ‘Will we get the


  • FOIA, Snowden and FBI Hacker Recruitment Difficulties

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    WASHINGTON — A recently released audit of the FBI’s Next Generation Cyber Initiative by the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) found the Bureau has been better when pursuing cyber threats but stringent guidelines, competition with the private sector as well as the Snowden leaks has greatly affected their ability to do so.

    In October of 2012 the FBI launched it’s Next Gen Cyber Initiative in response to an OIG report in 2011 which showed faults in the Bureau’s investigative practices when it came to cyber security.

    In 2014 the budget for the new initiative was