Revealed in a Monday article in The Intercept, the ICREACH tool appears to be a way of sharing surveillance data — likely covering the lives of many Americans — with domestic law enforcement agencies as well as foreign spies.
The draft, authored by Tor’s Jacob Appelbaum and others, aims to standardize a technique called TCP Stealth, for keeping servers safe from mass port-scanning tools like GCHQ’s HACIENDA.
Though no names were named, a report from the United Nations human rights chief has stressed that mass surveillance clashes with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights — and that over-cooperative tech companies may be complicit in human rights abuses.
A newly-published list of GCHQ tools that were in operation or being developed a couple years back, provides a fascinating insight into modern propaganda and disinformation techniques.
Small, activist-friendly providers from around the world have joined Privacy International in suing GCHQ over its malware-aided surveillance of telecommunications networks.
The carrier group has published a very lengthy and reasonably detailed breakdown of its interactions with law enforcement and spy agencies, covering 29 countries where its operators have faced metadata and wiretap requests.
Confidential documents from the BND, Germany’s answer to the NSA and GCHQ, suggest the agency could soon get major funding to improve its online surveillance and hacking capabilities.
It’s healthy for people to react to the knowledge of their surveillance by being more cautious. It means they appreciate the risks and are more likely to want to get rid of them.
The NSA whistleblower has given extensive evidence to an inquiry into the surveillance of European citizens, describing what he calls a “bazaar” of EU intelligence agencies allowing the U.S. to spy on pretty much everyone.
Just how accountable is the U.K.’s GCHQ spy agency, which has tapped the world’s communications infrastructure, hacked activists and snooped on webcam chats? Every time it’s challenged, GCHQ says it submits to “rigorous oversight” from the intelligence services commissioner and Parliament, but on Thursday Parliament’s home affairs select committee had to take the unusual step of ordering that commissioner to show up for questioning about the Snowden leaks. Sir Mark Waller, who is supposed to be a watchdog, refused to respond to the customary polite request for an appearance, and this is the first time during this government’s rule that the committee has had to order someone to show up.