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Google says hackers based in China accessed U.S. officials’ Gmail accounts

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By Cecilia Kang and Ellen Nakashima

Google said Wednesday that hackers based in China gained access to hundreds of Gmail accounts, including some belonging to senior U.S. government officials and military personnel. The personal Gmail account of one Cabinet-level official was compromised, an official with knowledge of the breach said.

The hackers allegedly used a “phishing” campaign to trick users of the popular e-mail service into revealing their passwords, which allowed the perpetrators to monitor incoming and outgoing messages. Read the rest of this entry »


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June 2, 2011 at 8:21 am

WikiLeaks and the Culture of Classification

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WikiLeaks and the Culture of Classification is republished with permission of STRATFOR.”

By Scott Stewart

On Friday, Oct. 22, the organization known as WikiLeaks published a cache of 391,832 classified documents on its website. The documents are mostly field reports filed by U.S. military forces in Iraq from January 2004 to December 2009 (the months of May 2004 and March 2009 are missing). The bulk of the documents (379,565, or about 97 percent) were classified at the secret level, with 204 classified at the lower confidential level. The remaining 12,062 documents were either unclassified or bore no classification. Read the rest of this entry »

The Economist Corner – essential readings XII

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A tide turns

Technology used to help spies. Now it hinders them

DEPENDING on what kind of spy you are, you either love technology or hate it. For intelligence-gatherers whose work is based on bugging and eavesdropping, life has never been better. Finicky miniature cameras and tape recorders have given way to pinhead-sized gadgets, powered remotely (a big problem in the old days used to be changing the batteries on bugs). Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Theophyle

July 22, 2010 at 7:37 am

Spy Files: Taking the Mystery Out of Web Anonymity

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THE Obama Administration is trying to fix the Internet’s dog problem.

The problem, as depicted in Peter Steiner’s legendary 1993 New Yorker cartoon, is that on the Internet nobody knows you’re a dog. And thus the enduring conundrum over who can be trusted in cyberspace.  The Internet affords anonymity to its users — a boon to privacy and freedom of speech. But that very anonymity is also behind the explosion of cybercrime that has swept across the Web.

Can privacy be preserved while bringing a semblance of safety and security to a world that seems increasingly lawless? Read the rest of this entry »

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July 5, 2010 at 8:01 am

Spy Files: From Russia With Gripes

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Suburban Spy Suspect Didn’t Feel Appreciated by Mother Country Handlers

By Evan Perez and Alkman Granitsas

For years, Richard Murphy lived a seemingly cushy life: a stay-at-home dad living in a suburban house allegedly paid for by the Russian government, and apparently producing remarkably little espionage.

Yet court documents paint Mr. Murphy as a whiny, disgruntled spy-agency employee even while he served as a ringleader, passing cash and computer equipment to his alleged co-conspirators. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Theophyle

July 1, 2010 at 1:21 pm