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The U.S. National Security Agency may have been planting surveillance software into hard drives and other essential computer equipment sold around the world for more than a decade through a shadowy organization known as the Equation Group, a respected cybersecurity researcher says. The revelation, if true, indicates that operators within the NSA have been collecting far more information on the spy agencys behalf than previously thought.
The Equation Group manipulated hard drives manufactured by Toshiba, Seagate, IBM, Western Digital and others dating back as far as 2001, researchers at the Moscow-based cybersecurity firm Kaspersky Lab said Wednesday. Equation has also proven able to reprogram a machines firmware, meaning that hackers were able to monitor even the most mundane activity on tens of thousands of individual PCs without their owners knowledge.
Privacy experts say the disclosures highlight the need for international companies to do more to protect customers from evolving threats to their online security.
Existence of the Equation Group, believed to be made up of 60 or so actors, was first revealed at Kasperskys annual security summit in Mexico on Feb. 16. Kaspersky on Wednesday released further information that strongly links the organization to the NSA.
The dense technical language in the Kaspersky report essentially argues that spies were able to install malicious software into computer hard drives that activate again and again each time the computer powers on.
Researchers found source code that makes reference to STRAITACID, STRAITSHOOTER, and BACKSNARF_AB25. Those names bear a remarkable resemblance to BACKSNARF and STRAITBIZARRE, two malware campaigns used by NSAs Tailored Access Operations team and first revealed by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.
Costin Raiu, Kasperskys lead researcher on the project, told Reuters that while the Equation Group was able to steal files on any of the infected computers, they assumed full control only of computers used by high-value targets. Disk drive firmware, which was infected in this hack, is the second-most valuable space on a computer for hackers (after a microprocessors input/output system), the news outlet reported.
The Equation Group appears to rely on the programs EquationDrug and GrayFish for its espionage operations.
Its important to note that EquationDrug is not just a Trojan, but a full espionage platform, which includes a framework for conducting cyberespionage activities by deploying specific modules of selected victims, stated a version of the report updated Wednesday. The architecture of the whole framework resembles a mini-operating system with kernel-mode and user-mode components carefully interacting with each other via custom message passing interface.
Again, Kaspersky did not officially pin the Equation Group on the NSA, but pointed out links that are hard to dismiss as coincidence.
WASHINGTON D.C. — The Radio Television Digital News Foundation hosted its First Amendment awards in the nation’s capital on Wednesday night.
The first amendment awards celebration honors working journalists and corporate executives for their hard work and dedication in the television broadcasting industry.
Receiving the 25th First Amendment award Wednesday night was Nexstar Chairman, President and CEO, Perry Sook.
“Our local television stations do two things, one, we produce local content which is our service to the community and our identity and we help local advertisers and local businesses grow,” Sook told reporters.
“30 years I’ve been in the business, 15 with Perry, the man has lived up to the vision of everything he set out to do when he started this company,” said Timothy Busch, Nexstar’s Executive Vice President.
Nexstar Broadcasting started as one station 19 years ago. Now the company owns, operates and provides sales and other services to 105 television stations reaching approximately 15.6% of all US television households.
Sook says it’s all about viewers having access to their news on a 24/7 basis.
“We have endeavored to offer local news throughout the day so that if you’re working shift work, 3 to 11, we have a newscast for you, early afternoon or perhaps late night or we have expanded our morning shows,” said Sook.
Sook has 33 years of experience in the television and radio broadcasting industry and credits the viewers for the success of his business.
“For viewers and advertisers, coupling digital and broadcast is an unbeatable combination.”
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Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a news conference following a meeting with Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, March 5, 2015. Italy’s prime minister visited Moscow on Thursday in a bid to repair ties that have been hurt by Russia-West tensions over Ukraine. (AP Photo/Sergei Karpukhin, Pool)(The Associated Press)
Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi , left, speaks as Russian President Vladimir Putin, listens, during their news conference after their talks in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, March 5, 2015. Italy’s prime minister visited Moscow on Thursday in a bid to repair ties that have been hurt by Russia-West tensions over Ukraine. (AP Photo/Sergei Karpukhin, Pool)(The Associated Press)
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, left, walks with Finnish Foreign Minister Erkki Tuomioja before their meeting in Helsinki, Finland, Thursday, March 5, 2015. (AP Photo/Lehtikuva, Markku Ulander) FINLAND OUT, NO THIRD PARTY SALES(The Associated Press)
RIGA, Latvia NATO and Russia are exchanging heated language reminiscent of Cold War days with accusations of sinister geopolitical plotting and human rights abuses flying across an increasingly deep divide.
NATO’s top U.S. civilian official said Thursday says that “an angry, revisionist Russia” was stopping at little to re-establish its clout in Europe, including redrawing “borders by force to achieve its goals.”
NATO Deputy Secretary-General Alexander Vershbow said President Vladimir Putin’s “aim seems to be to turn Ukraine into a failed state and to suppress and discredit alternative voices in Russia, so as to prevent a Russian ‘Maidan,'” referring to the Ukraine uprising which ousted Moscow-ally Viktor Yanukovych last year.
In Moscow, Russia’s Deputy Defense Minister Anatoly Antonov blasted the West for trying to create “new divisive lines in Europe.”
The Obama Administration and their cohorts launched a double-barreled assault on the First Amendment this week.
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) dumped 330 pages of regulatory Super Glue on the operation of the Internet making clear their intention to turn the greatest source of democratized communication since Gutenberg invented the printing press into a public utility.
Perhaps jealous of their speech regulator counterparts, the Federal Election Commission (FEC) held a hearing to begin the discussion of how they can regulate political speech on the Internet.
Here’s a newsflash to the FEC you cannot.
The blogs, articles and political information sources that the Democrat appointees on the FEC find so abhorrent are no different than the newspapers, radio or television broadcasts that they have no control over the content placed on them. Political news and commentary websites, whether using a link-driven system like the DrudgeReport, a news-oriented one like Breitbart.com or HuffPo, or a commentary-based blog like NetRightDaily.com, provides First Amendment-protected information to people who a generation ago got their news from dailies and news anchors.
It is this exact information expansion that drives the left crazy. While supporting the First Amendment when it applies to friendly news anchors and “all the news that’s fit to print” newspapers, the left sees talk radio and an open and free Internet as being a threat to their ability to appropriately shape the narrative.
Yet, Internet bloggers are a much more accurate depiction of what the Founding Fathers were seeking to protect. In an environment where small towns had their own newspapers, and Patrick Henry self-published his seminal work, “Common Sense” that helped fuel the revolutionary fire, the men who wrote the Bill of Rights specifically were trying to prevent the government from determining what political speech was allowed.
The current occupant of the White House has proven exactly why the Founders had this concern.
Under Obama, the IRS has targeted conservatives and potential conservative donors. And then, not to be outdone, the Treasury proposed formalizing what the IRS had done with an enormous intrusion into the ability of non-profits to engage in political discourse.
The FCC tried to place news monitors into newsrooms to make certain approved topics were receiving enough coverage.
Obamas First Amendment assault
Steve Cookseys fight for free-speech (N.C. editorial from the News & Record of Greensboro, reprinted in The Daily Reflector on Monday) ended in victory. Cooksey should not have been required by the N.C. Board of Dietetics/Nutrition to obtain a license for giving advice from personal experience on his blog. If in the end he was forced to obtain a license, it could mean that other U.S. citizens would have to obtain licenses for expressing opinions or giving advice.
As stated in the editorial, Cooksey did not claim to have professional credentials or to be a doctor or nutritionist. Forcing him to discontinue giving advice without a license invaded his free-speech right. The First Amendment of the Constitution states that Congress shall make no law abridging the freedom of speech. Even though this amendment was ratified in 1791, it still applies today and should be upheld.
There have been many advances in technology and media since the First Amendment was ratified. Because of the Internet, what we say can have an impact on a greater number of people than in 1791. Even though times have changed and our amount of influence has grown, this law is still the law. It is right that the Board of Dietetics/Nutrition subsequently adopted new guidelines stating that people can give ordinary diet advice without a license. This was a constitutional decision.
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BRUSSELS — NATO has an extensive history of “hybrid operations,” Russian Permanent Representative to NATO Aleksandr Grushko has said.
The Russian official cited the former Yugoslavia as an example.
“Each country or organization can learn from the experience of the Alliance,” said Grushko.
Russia is frequently accused by the west of conducing “a hybrid war” in Ukraine using methods that are not of a military nature, TASS reported.
“We were eyewitnesses of the perfectly well-known signs of a military blackmail, covert interference, supplies of weaponry and defense systems, diplomatic hypocrisy, manipulations with mass media, and explicit misinformation in the former Yugoslavia and in Libya in 2011.”
NATO officials “habitually cite precisely this set of assets of a hybrid war when they accuse Russia of inventing a new kind of military operation and applying it in Ukraine,” the news agency said.
The Russian official’s comments came after Alexander Vershbow, a former U.S. ambassador to Moscow, now deputy secretary general of NATO, said on Thursday that during Vladimir Putin’s presidency Russia developed “a new form of hybrid warfare”.
Vershbow was addressing an inter-parliamentary conference on EUs common foreign and security policy in Latvia when he said the aim of the Russian president was to turn Ukraine into a failed state and suppress and discredit “alternative voices” in Russia, in order to prevent “a Russian Maidan.”
RIGA — EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini on Friday spoke against “a bipartisan call in the U.S. to provide lethal defensive weapons to Ukraine.”
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