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NSA monitors 75 percent of Internet traffic

WASHINGTON—The National Security Agency—which possesses only limited legal authority to spy on U.S. citizens—has built a surveillance network that covers more Americans’ Internet communications than officials have publicly disclosed, current and former officials say. The system has the capacity to reach roughly 75% of all U.S. Internet traffic in the hunt for foreign intelligence, including a wide array of communications by foreigners and Americans. In some cases, it retains the written content of emails sent between citizens within the U.S. and also filters domestic phone calls made with Internet technology, these…

Security App Enhances Secrecy of Text Messages

A security researcher has developed a technique that could significantly improve the secrecy of text messages sent in near real time on iPhones. The technique, which will debut in September in an iOS app called TextSecure, will also be folded into a currently available Android app by the same name. Full story […]… Read More

Free Internet Under Fire

Free Internet Under Fire

U.S. to oppose Russian plan to give U.N. control of Internet BY: Bill Gertz
November 29, 2012 4:15 pm The United States will seek to block an “alarming” Russian proposal to give a United Nations telecommunications group control over the Internet, a senior State Department official said on Thursday. “We will actively oppose the Russian proposal,” Terry Kramer, head of the U.S. delegation to a U.N. conference in Dubai, told reporters. “I have to say, out of all the proposals that have come in, the Russian one candidly is the most shocking and most disappointing…

DIA director: China preparing for space warfare

DIA director: China preparing for space warfare

Growing threat to United States

BY: Bill Gertz February 23, 2012 5:00 am Army Lt. Gen. Ronald L. Burgess, director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, disclosed new details of China’s space weapons programs last week, including information regarding China’s anti-satellite missiles and cyber warfare capabilities. Burgess stated in little-noticed written testimony prepared for an appearance before the Senate Armed Services Committee that Beijing is developing missiles, electronic jammers, and lasers for use against satellites. Much of the space warfare activity is being carried out under the guise of China’s supposedly non-military space program, he said. “The space…

South China Standoff

South China Standoff

Growing tensions between Beijing, Manila over disputed fishing waters could lead to conflict

BY: Bill Gertz
May 11, 2012 5:00 am Tensions between China and the Philippines remain high and U.S. officials say the likelihood Beijing will take some type of military action is growing. Meanwhile, the Obama administration has taken a hands-off approach to the dispute over a 10-mile square South China Sea lagoon called Scarborough Shoal and is not vocally supporting Manila in its dispute over fishing rights. One worrying sign was China’s dispatch this week of five warships, including a 20,000-ton amphibious…

2008 intrusion of networks spurred combined units

A foreign computer intrusion two years ago reached classified Pentagon computer networks, prompting a reorganization of offensive and defensive cyberwarfare efforts, the commander of the new U.S. Cyber Command said Thursday. Army Gen. Keith Alexander, who is also director of the National Security Agency (NSA), the electronic spying service, said in a speech that the compromise took place in late 2008 in what he described as “a serious intrusion into our classified networks.” As a result, the Pentagon combined two cyberwarfare units under NSA to harmonize “offensive and defensive cybercapabilities” and build…