The New York Times has published further details of the NSA’s targeted surveillance techniques, including their alleged use as an “early warning system” against online attacks from the Chinese military.
The U.S. networking equipment manufacturer, which has already warned over the revenue implications of the Snowden revelations, says it is trying to find out more about the NSA’s alleged exploitation of its security architecture.
Germany’s leader, Angela Merkel, has confronted U.S. president Barack Obama over the likely tapping of her communications. The White House has said the U.S. “is not monitoring and will not monitor” her communications, but has not denied doing so in the past.
The NSA may have found a way to monitor some credit card transactions, according to a Snowden-derived report from Germany’s Der Spiegel. The agency said in leaked documents that it found a way to access Visa transactions in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, but the financial services company denies the tapping of its networks. The report highlights an NSA financial database called Tracfin, into which SWIFT international transfer information also flows through the interception of “SWIFT printer traffic from numerous banks.”
Open source router software, different encryption tools, legislative, judicial and media pressure are all necessary to pushback on backdoors access to technology and networks that help with surveillance state, says PGP inventor Phil Zimmermann in a conversation. He has a thoughtful take on recent encryption revelations.
Twitter’s deal with SoundCloud to embed audio in tweets isn’t just a deal that gives the Berlin music startup a ton of exposure: it’s a signal that while Twitter may carry a threat for media companies, it could be a serious alternative to Facebook.
Sixty thousand protestors gathered in central Tokyo this morning, demanding a total phase out of nuclear power in Japan. The protest comes days after Siemen’s CEO, Peter Loescher, told the influential German newsmagazine Der Spiegel that his company would exit the nuclear power industry, citing the “clear position of German society” on nuclear power. Siemens built all of Germany’s existing 17 nuclear plants, and it’s interesting to see such a powerful corporation decide that it didn’t want to fight the zeitgeist surrounding ending dependence on nuclear power. Volkswagen invested a billion euros in wind energy earlier this month, and it’s refreshing to see a country where the moral imperatives of its population are driving corporate behavior.