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Top German Spy: We Made Mistakes Working With NSA

Speaking before the special parliamentary committee looking into the activities of the NSA, Gerhard Schindler admitted that the BND had made mistakes in how it had handled requests from the NSA, but he defended the need for cooperation with the American spy agency. “We have learned a lesson from our recent past… We made a number of mistakes during our collaboration with the National Security Agency at our Bad Aibling surveillance center in Bavaria,” BND director Gerhard Schindler said in an interview with the daily tabloid …Read More

NSA tapped German Chancellery for decades, WikiLeaks claims

The US National Security Agency tapped phone calls involving German chancellor Angela Merkel and her closest advisers for years and spied on the staff of her predecessors, according to WikiLeaks. A report released by the group on Wednesday suggested NSA spying on Merkel and her staff had gone on far longer and more widely than previously realised. WikiLeaks said the NSA targeted 125 phone numbers of top German officials for …Read More

The NSA wants tech companies to give it ‘front door’ access to encrypted data

The National Security Agency is embroiled in a battle with tech companies over access to encrypted data that would allow it to spy (more easily) on millions of Americans and international citizens. Last month, companies like Google, Microsoft, and Apple urged the Obama administration to put an end to the NSA’s bulk collection of metadata. The NSA, on the other hand, continues to parade the idea that the government needs …Read More

The Great SIM Heist: How Spies Stole the Keys to the Encryption Castle

American and British spies hacked into the internal computer network of the largest manufacturer of SIM cards in the world, stealing encryption keys used to protect the privacy of cellphone communications across the globe, according to top-secret documents provided to The Intercept by National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden. The hack was perpetrated by a joint unit consisting of operatives from the NSA and its British counterpart Government Communications Headquarters, …Read More