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July 23, 2019
Dustin Volz / Wall Street Journal

Dustin Volz / Wall Street Journal  
NSA to Create Cybersecurity Directorate to Align Offensive, Defensive Operations, Anne Neuberger to Head the Unit

The National Security Agency (NSA) will create a cybersecurity directorate later this year as part of a wider effort to more closely align the agency’s offensive and defensive operations. NSA and Cyber Command Chief Paul Nakasone named NSA veteran Anne Neuberger to head up the directorate, which will become operational in October. Neuberger was the agency’s first chief risk officer and the official who recently oversaw NSA’s election security work leading up to and during the 2018 midterms. The NSA’s cybersecurity directorate will effectively replace the agency’s information assurance directorate, responsible for protecting sensitive information on national security systems.

August 9, 2019
Jeff Horwitz, Dustin Volz / Wall Street Journal

Jeff Horwitz, Dustin Volz / Wall Street Journal  
FBI Solicits Bids From Vendors to Monitor Public Data From Social Media Accounts, Possible Clash With Facebook Over Privacy Policies, FTC Settlement

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is soliciting proposals from outside vendors for a contract to pull vast quantities of public data from Facebook, Twitter and other social media “to proactively identify and reactively monitor threats to the United States and its interests” potentially setting up a clash with Facebook over its privacy policies and possibly contravening Facebook’s $5 billion settlement with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced last month. As described in the solicitation, it appears that the service would violate Facebook’s ban against the use of its data for surveillance purposes. The proposal seeks to gather publicly available data including names, user IDs and photos which could be central to constructing detailed profiles of users. Facebook’s deal with the FTC requires the company to adhere to a “comprehensive data security program,” which includes the misuse of even publicly viewable data of the sort that the FBI wants to capture from Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

October 4, 2019
Robert McMillan, Jeff Horwitz, Dustin Volz / Wall Street Journal

Robert McMillan, Jeff Horwitz, Dustin Volz / Wall Street Journal  
Barr’s Request for Facebook to Postpone End-To-End Messaging Encryption, New Data-Sharing Pact With UK Revive Encryption Backdoor Fight

Reigniting a long-standing fight between the government and the tech community, U.S. Attorney General William Barr has asked Facebook to hold off on plans to add encryption throughout its messaging services until it figures out a way to provide government access to the services for investigative purposes. Barr also signed an agreement with the U.K. that would make it quicker for British police to request data from internet companies by circumventing the Justice Department and going to firms directly. Both of these moves promise another high-stakes clash over encryption, a battleground that has been relatively calm since James Comey high-stakes fight with Apple’s refusal to decrypt an iPhone used by the San Bernardino shooter in 2016. Tech companies have long argued that any technique that would give the government access to encryption systems would undermine their overall security. The government says that as more criminals flock to encrypted communications, law enforcement is in the dark regarding criminal activities.

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Security – Computing: US, UK and Australia demand that Facebook stop plan to introduce end-to-end encryption for WhatsApp
Techdirt: DOJ Boss Joins UK, Australian Gov’t In Asking Facebook To Ditch Its End-To-End Encryption Plan
ZDNet Security: US, UK, and Australia jointly request for Facebook to stop end-to-end encryption plans
RTT – Technology: DoJ Requests Facebook To Address Concerns About End-to-end Encryption Plan
MacRumors: US, UK, and Australia Urge Zuckerberg Not to Extend Encrypted Messaging to Facebook and Instagram
San Francisco Chronicle: Feds, Facebook in renewed fight over encryption
New Statesman Contents: Five things you need to know today: Patel’s letter and Banksy’s bonanza
Geek News Central: Officials Want Facebook to Halt End-to-End Encryption Plans Zuckerberg defends end-to-end encryption, responds to government letter
Geek News Central: Officials Want Facebook to Halt End-to-End Encryption Plans
Trusted Reviews: The DoJ has formally asked Facebook to kill end-to-end encryption
MacRumors: US, UK, and Australia Urge Zuckerberg Not to Extend Encrypted Messaging to Facebook and Instagram
Computer Business Review: Read the Home Secretary’s Startling Letter to Zuckerberg on Encryption
Voice of America: US, UK Seizing on Facebook Inc’s Plan to Apply End-to-End Encryption
TechNadu: The Trump Administration is Still Pushing for the Banning of End-to-End Encryption
WRAL Tech Wire: US authorities pressing Facebook to get access to encrypted messages
NS Tech: The US and UK’s attack on WhatsApp encryption is deeply unsettling
diginomica government: Facebook is right for once as the US, UK and Australia gang up on it over encryption
Silicon UK: Zuckerberg Hits Back Against Encryption Backdoor Request
The Mac Observer: Governments Urge Facebook to Give Backdoor to End-to-End Encryption
iMore: Facebook faces call to halt end-to-end encryption rollout
Android Central : Facebook faces call to halt end-to-end encryption rollout
Infosecurity Magazine: Experts Slam US, Australia and UK’s Facebook Encryption Demands
CERT-EU : Experts Slam US, Australia and UK’s Facebook Encryption Demands
Reuters: U.S., allies urge Facebook for backdoor to encryption as they fight child abuse
RAPPLER: U.S., allies push Facebook for access to encrypted messages
NDTV US, Allies Ask Facebook Not to Expand Encryption on Its Services
San Francisco Chronicle: Feds, Facebook in renewed fight over encryption
fossBytes: US And UK Ask Facebook To Create A “Backdoor” To Access Encrypted Texts
USA Today: The government doesn’t want Facebook to encrypt your messages: Here’s why U.S., Britain, Australia press Facebook for back door to encrypted messages
The Crime Report: Barr Seeks ‘Back Door’ DOJ Access to WhatsApp US Attorney General
The Next Web: US and UK pressure Facebook for backdoor access to WhatsApp messages
SecurityWeek: Officials Push Facebook for Way to Peek at Encrypted Messages
New on MIT Technology Review: Facebook is being asked to give access to encrypted messages. It’s a bad idea. Facebook Pressured Over Encrypted Messaging Plans U.S. authorities seek access to Facebook encrypted messaging
Courthouse News Service: Barr Seeks Access to Encrypted Facebook Messages

@joeuchill: FBI Director Wray leads off the DOJ's backdooring encryption conference saying we'll hear a number of stories today about child exploitation.He then praises Facebook for maintaining visibility on users.It appears we're being set up for a day-long emotional appeal to Facebook.
@gregotto: Here's the letter AG Barr sent to Facebook asking the company to delay its encryption efforts
@shanvav: US, UK, and Australia have asked Mark Zuckerberg/Facebook to delay encryption for messaging over law enforcement concerns it can hamper investigations into child sex exploitation. Today the nations are at a summit on the issue. Read their request here:

October 8, 2019
Dustin Volz and Byron Tau / Wall Street Journal

Dustin Volz and Byron Tau / Wall Street Journal  
FISA Court Found FBI’s Efforts to Conduct Warrantless Database Searches on Americans Violated the Law and the Constitution

In a rare rebuke to U.S. spying programs, a secret surveillance court, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance (FISA) Court, last year found that the FBI’s efforts to search for data about Americans violated the law authorizing the program, as well as the Constitution’s Fourth Amendment protections against unreasonable searches. The ruling was just made public by the intelligence community after the government lost an appeal of the judgment earlier this year before another secret court. The latest decision found that there were improper searches of raw intelligence databases by the bureau in 2017 and 2018 that was part of a warrantless Internet surveillance program. One fundamental problem was the breadth of the searches, which sometimes involved queries related to thousands or tens of thousands of pieces of data, such as emails or telephone numbers. The court found the FBI strayed from its mandate to search only for evidence of a crime or for foreign intelligence information. In one case, the FBI conducted searches to vet its personnel and cooperating sources.

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Zero Hedge: FBI Use Of Foreign-Surveillance Tool Violated Privacy Rights: FISA Court FBI’s Use of Foreign-Surveillance Tool Violated Americans’ Privacy Rights, Court Found
Engadget: FISA court: FBI use of NSA’s electronic surveillance data was illegal
Lawfare : Office of the Director of National Intelligence Releases Section 702 Documents and OpinionsDaily Beast: Secret Court: FBI Warrantless Searches Were Illegal

@attackerman: NEW: It was kept secret for a year, but the FBI’s backdoor searches of NSA dragnets for Americans’ info were the subject of a big court fight the government lost. On one day in 2017 alone, FBI warrantlessly searched 6800 times using Social Security #s.
@trevortimm: Wow. The FISA Court secretly ruled last year that the FBI made *tens of thousands* of unconstitutional searches into Americans' private data, as part of its surveillance program that supposedly targets people overseas.
@snowden: Wow: The @FBI is running a warrantless internet surveillance program so flagrantly unconstitutional that even the secret, rubber-stamp "court" that approved 99.967% (!) of surveillance requests over 33 years (!!) felt they couldn't turn a blind eye.
@dnvolz: BREAKING NEWS: The FBI's use of a controversial foreign surveillance tool violated Americans' constitutional privacy rights, FISA Court finds, dealing a rare rebuke to U.S. spying activities.
@ronwyden: Last year, when Congress reauthorized Section 702 of FISA, it accepted the FBI’s outright refusal to account for all its warrantless backdoor searches of Americans.

April 25, 2019
Dustin Volz and Warren P. Strobel / Wall Street Journal

Dustin Volz and Warren P. Strobel / Wall Street Journal  
NSA Tells White House to Officially End Mass Collection of Section 215 Phone Data

The National Security Agency (NSA) recommended to the White House that it officially end the agency’s mass collection of U.S. phone data, authorized under Section 215 of the Patriot Act. NSA has not reportedly engaged in this mass collection for six months and last summer said the phone data had been contaminated by records NSA was not authorized to receive. A group of bipartisan lawmakers last month introduced a bill that would end this data collection.<

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May 25, 2019
Chuin-Wei Yap, Dan Strumpf, Dustin Volz, Kate O’Keeffe and Aruna Viswanatha / Wall Street Journal

Chuin-Wei Yap, Dan Strumpf, Dustin Volz, Kate O’Keeffe and Aruna Viswanatha / Wall Street Journal  
Huawei Reportedly Scrutinized Hardware of Rivals in Spy-Proof Chambers Off Limits to U.S. Employees Sparking Fears of Chinese State Collaboration Among Intelligence Officials

A host of intellectual property theft lawsuits and allegations surround the business of controversial Chinese telecom and tech giant Huawei’s business, from the science behind 5G signals to the music in Huawei’s smartphones to the text in user manuals to technology that supports artificial-intelligence applications. According to sources, Huawei reportedly scrutinized the hardware of its rivals in spy-proof electronically secured rooms in Texas and elsewhere around the United States that were off limits to American employees, leading intelligence officials to believe Huawei was handling information more like a state intelligence service, with regimented tiers of secrecy, while relying on a protected communications channel with Beijing. The potential riches U.S. companies could make off of Huawei’s cheaper technology persuaded many U.S. business executives doing deals with Huawei to forgo making official complaints about commercial secrets theft even as they privately sought help from U.S. officials.

June 23, 2019
Stu Woo and Dustin Volz / Wall Street Journal

Stu Woo and Dustin Volz / Wall Street Journal   
Trump Administration Considers Mandating That 5G Equipment Be Designed and Made Outside China, Report

As part of a 150-day review of the telecommunications supply chain mandated by a Trump administration executive order last month, the administration is examining whether to require that next-generation 5G cellular equipment used in the U.S. be designed and manufactured outside China, according to people familiar with the matter. The review reportedly includes 5G hardware, which includes cellular-tower electronics as well as routers and switches as well as software. The move could force top suppliers to the U.S. mobile industry, such as Finland’s Nokia Sweden’s Ericsson AB, to move major operations out of China to service the U.S.  According to analysts, China represented 45% of Ericsson’s manufacturing-facility area and 10% of Nokia’s in 2018. The examination is rooted in fears that Chinese suppliers could compromise the telco supply chain by embedding spyware into their products at the request of the Chinese government and follows recent bans imposed on Chinese tech suppliers, particularly China’s Huawei.

June 26, 2019
Kate O’Keeffe and Dustin Volz / Wall Street Journal

Kate O’Keeffe and Dustin Volz / Wall Street Journal  
Huawei’s Gear Has Far More Exploitable Flaws Than That of Its Rivals, Half of Firmware Images in Enterprise Networks Devices Contain at Least One Exploitable Vulnerability, Report

Extensive cybersecurity flaws found in controversial Chinese telecom tech giant Huawei’s gear and a pattern of poor security decisions purportedly made by the firm’s engineers were found by researchers at cybersecurity firm Finite State. The researchers found that over half of the nearly 10,000 firmware images encoded into more than 500 variations of Huawei enterprise network-equipment devices tested contained at least one exploitable vulnerability, far higher than the average number of flaws found in devices manufactured by Huawei’s rivals Arista Networks and Juniper Networks. In one instance, Huawei’s network switch registered a 91% risk percentile for the number of credentials with hard-coded default passwords compared against all of Finite State’s entire firmware data set. White House officials who reviewed the Finite State report said the findings revealed flagrant violations of standard protocols such as using hardcoded user names and passwords encoded into firmware.

Dustin Volz / Wall Street Journal

Dustin Volz / Wall Street Journal  
NSA Collected U.S. Persons’ Calls, Text Records It Wasn’t Authorized to Obtain in Second Incident Not Previously Disclosed, ACLU

In an incident that had not been previously disclosed, the National Security Agency (NSA) last October collected records about U.S. calls and text messages that it wasn’t authorized to obtain, according to documents obtained by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and reviewed by The Wall Street Journal under a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit involving the spy agency’s phone surveillance program. Last summer, the NSA said it had purged hundreds of millions of metadata records it had amassed since 2015 due to a separate overcollection episode. Like the earlier episode, in this latest incident, a telecommunications firm, whose name is redacted, furnished call-data records the NSA hadn’t requested and weren’t approved by orders of the secretive U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court. News of this latest violation comes as Congress is moving closer to debating portions of the Patriot Act that will lapse in December if lawmakers don’t pass renewal legislation before then.

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