The NSA has secretly built a “Google-like” search engine to be used by various US government agencies and intelligence agencies of the Five Eyes countries to sift through phone call, email, and Internet chat metadata, as well as cellphone locations collected and stored in a number of different databases.
Sixty eight percent of businesses stated that the NSA breach by Edward Snowden and the number of PoS system breaches in the past year were the most impactful in terms of changing security strategies to protect against the latest threats.
At the Hackers on Planet Earth X (HOPE X) conference held this weekend in New York, NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden called for hackers, coders and developers to "help build a better future by encoding our rights into the programs and protocols upon which we rely everyday." He was talking about encryption, but also about "padded protocols" that would prevent intelligence agencies from discovering who was talking to who by analyzing Internet traffic, and mixed routing.
NIST's primary external advisory board released a report calling for the agency to increase its staff of cryptography experts and implement more explicit processes for ensuring openness and transparency to strengthen its cryptography efforts.
Verizon will no longer provide internet services to a number of German government departments, as their contract has been cancelled as part of a restructuration of the federal government's interdepartmental communication network.