NSA'S PAINFUL INTERNAL AUDIT
After coming under fire in Congress in late November during a debate on the legality of interceptions by the Echelon [...]
After coming under fire in Congress in late November during a debate on the legality of interceptions by the Echelon [...]
According to Intelligence Newsletter sources in Congress, NSA officials won't be heard before the House of Representative's Government Reform Committee [...]
Legislator Bob Barr has benefited from a favorable climate in the U.S. Congress to mark an important point in his [...]
National Security Agency insiders say the organization's new director, Lt.-Gen. Michael Hayden, who took up his job in March, has [...]
" Several leading information industry specialists and academics have concluded [...]
Some of the leading lights in the field of information [...]
The National Security Agency is planning to give outside experts [...]
During the G8 summit meeting in Moscow this week as ministers laid plans for future cooperation in fighting cybercrime several law enforcement and intelligence officials on the sidelines were instead weighing the consequences of mass-produced encryption.
American claims that the bombing of the Chinese embassy in Belgrade on May 7 by US Air Force fighters was [...]
The computer manufacturer SGN based in Mountain View, California, has [...]
In recent months the Pentagon and NSA have undertaken secret and direct negotiations with the bosses of IBM and Microsoft to get them to install systems enabling the intelligence community to gain access to encrypted data.
The hand of the U.S. Justice Department and Pentagon in shaping American policy on cryptography became ever-more evident when the [...]
The National Security Agency (NSA) recently approached the American Bankers Association (ABA) with an offer to help set up an [...]
A book published in the United States this month identifies American companies linked to the Pentagon and the U.S. intelligence [...]
The President's Export Council Subcommittee on Encryption (PECSENC) met in [...]
Cheltenham borough council has approved final details for a new center for Britain's Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ). Designed by the [...]
Washington is intent on creating a massive domestic and international Internet monitoring system, according to Intelligence Newsletter sources close to [...]
According to an Intelligence Newsletter source at the Pentagon who has just returned from the Balkans, a significant number of [...]
The National Security Agency has singled out seven American universities [...]
Three major American military facilities in the Washington region – those of the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), Defense Information Systems [...]
A Republican congressman from Georgia, Bob Barr, successfully introduced an amendment to the Intelligence Authorization Act on May 13 that [...]
President Bill Clinton announced on April 14 that he was [...]
After naming an Air Force general, Michael Hayden, as head of the NSA last month (IN 353/354) president Bill Clinton [...]
The National Security Agency (NSA) plans to use Nucleus software manufactured by the small Montreal-based company Sand Technology Systems for [...]
A committee of independent experts chaired by Jim McGroddy, who was an IBM vice president in charge of research until [...]
As Intelligence Newsletter predicted in its last issue (IN 353), [...]
Speaking before a House judiciary sub-committee on March 4, NSA [...]
With U.S. Air Force lt.-gen. Kenneth Minihan due to step down as director of the National Security Agency (NSA) in [...]
In the latest of his electronic Crypto Gram publications dated Feb. 15, cryptography expert Bruce Schneier, head of the Minneapolis-based [...]
The recent publication of the book "Top Secret Intranet" (Prentice Hall, NJ., ISBN 0-13-080898-9) by a former top-level NSA official, [...]
Significant new details on how the National Security Agency is organized in the post-Cold War era have emerged from new [...]
The huge electronic spying operation carried out since 1996 in Iraq by the United States, Israel, Britain and several other countries via UNSCOM raises a lot of questions. One concerns its effectiveness. The results appear to have fallen short of [.
The National Security Agency has always played a key role in the United States by spurring research – both in-house [...]
Over the last several years the National Security Agency has declassified a variety of facts about operational and administrative matters, [...]
Authoritative sources have confirmed that the NSA and FBI are beginning to engage massively in monitoring domestic computer security "incidents." [...]
A flurry of recent ballistic weapons tests highlights the importance of an obscure intelligence organization that is soon to celebrate its 35th anniversary in helping the U.S. to monitor new missile developments across the world.
Britain's Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) appears highly intrigued by the [...]
A former NSA and CIA legal counselor, Elizabeth Rindskopf, publicly [...]
An affidavit issued by the FBI after it proceeded with the little-noticed arrest of former Army intelligence officer David Sheldon [...]
The National Security Agency's increased role in helping industry tighten its information and computer security practices was underscored by the [...]
The National Security Agency is being asked increasingly by the government's civilian branches to simulate attacks on their computer systems [...]
Previously classified National Security Agency (NSA) briefing slides have shed light on the structure and tasks of two of the [...]
The National Security Agency launched a program two years ago to pension off some of its older staff by finding [...]
Thirteen U.S. computer companies announced on July 13 that they had made a new "breakthrough" on the encryption export front. [...]
The French government is thinking of considerably beefing up the Service Central pour la Securite des Systemes d'Information (SCSSI) to [...]
In a hearing before a Senate panel on June 24, CIA director George Tenet and NSA boss Lt.-Gen. Kenneth Minihan [...]
Not too long ago the intelligence and defense sectors were alone in worrying about the security of information systems, and the question was handled on a national level. But with the growth of the Internet the issue now involves every [.
The National Security Agency recently set up listening posts in Outer Monogola to intercept Chinese army communications. The advent of [...]
The National Security Agency, which prides itself on ensuring the use of American-made chips and printed circuit boards for its [...]
The skills of the U.S. intelligence community have "dwindled since the break-up of the Soviet Union," according to the House [...]
A key element in the management of the U.S. signals intelligence effort, the National SIGINT Committee, has undergone a number [...]
Experts are wondering whether a current wave of mergers in the U.S. encryption business can be interpreted as a sign [...]
Speaking before the U.S. Senate subcommittee for technology and space on Feb. 10, Raymond Kammer, the new director of the [...]
Retired U.S. Navy captain Richard Wilhem, who was the head of NSA's Information Warfare program in the early 1990s, has [...]
Clinton Brooks, who had served up to now as special [...]
Former deputy director for information systems security at the National Security Agency (NSA), Thomas McDermott has been named senior vice [...]
In contact with several companies in the computer field since he retired in September (IN 322/323), the former deputy director [...]
The Swedish government has just discovered that the encryption software in the Lotus Notes (IBM) system includes a "flaw" that [...]
A top-line panel has recommended a shake-up in American intelligence that would include such revolutionary moves as uncoupling the Directorate of Intelligence from the CIA and reducing it drastically in size. The panel, chaired by former National Security Agency director [.
The National Security Agency is radically overhauling the structure of its Directorate of Operations, ending the latter's 45-year-long practice of [...]
Unveiled on Nov. 5 after several months of sometimes story debate, the report that the President's Commission on Critical Infrastructure [...]
William Crowell, the former deputy director of the NSA who retired in September, hasn't been hired by SRI Consulting as [...]
Less than two months after he retired as deputy director of the National Security Agency (NSA), William Crowell has been [...]
The U.S. magazine Federal Computer Week has revealed that the [...]
The last major American signals intelligence facility in Germany may close down in the near future. The Senate Select Committee [...]
In a recent talk with newsmen, Keith Hall, director of the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO), outlined a number of new [...]
Up to now, standards and norms on a national or world level traditionally emerged from a long bureaucratic process established by engineers isolated in their specific technical fields. For some time now, however, this backwater world has become a strategic [.
Set up last December, the President's Commission on Critical Infrastructure Protection (PCCIP) that aims to hammer out a national strategy [...]
By the end of this year cryptography will have definitely quit the intelligence and defense spheres in which it has been carefully enclosed up to now and thrown itself into the commercial era. The RSA Data Security Conference which was [.
Robert Steele, pioneer in the use of open sources by U.S. intelligence, has angrily protested over two decisions taken by [...]
The 1997 Intelligence Authorization Act signed by President Bill Clinton in October will lift U.S. spending on intelligence to a [...]
The US National Reconnaissance Office has released further details about its budget, personnel, organization and future plans. Among the details [...]
The final batch of Venona documents that provide information on Americans, Britons, Australians and others who gave the Soviet Union [...]
The U S company Trusted Information Services (TIS) was one of the first to criticize the Clipper Chip when it [...]
Recent leaks in the U.S. indicate that the 704th Military Intelligence Brigade based at Fort Meade, Maryland, provides major support [...]
John Deutch's plan to overhaul American intelligence that was presented to Congress in late April aims to meld a profusion of agencies with often overlapping powers into a genuine, unified and more effective "intelligence community" with a much smaller workforce.
The Technical Collection Agency that the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence said in its IC21 report (IN --) should [...]
The high-level panel set up under former defence secretary Harold Brown to assess the performance of the American intelligence community has rejected any massive overhaul of U.S. intelligence. The panel, named the Commission on the Roles and Capabilities of the [.
The National Security Agency has undertaken a major rehaul of its signals intelligence operations which reflects the collapse of the Soviet threat, budget reductions and personnel cutbacks in the U.S. intelligence community and an increased commitment to collecting SIGINT to [.
David Omand, a 48-year-old leading official at Britain's Ministry of Defence (MoD), is strongly tipped to become the new head [...]
For years Jean-Bernard Condat has undoubtedly been France's best-known computer hacker. Appearing on television talk shows, launching provocative operations and [...]
The National Security Agency (NSA) and other intelligence agencies are persuaded that American banks either ignore the danger of hackers [...]
James Norman, a senior editor at Forbes magazine for five years, was suddenly fired two weeks ago in connection with [...]
A committee looking into the capability, tasks and management structure at GCHQ Cheltenham at prime minister John Major's bidding is [...]
British defence secretary Malcolm Rifkind recently signed a so-called Public Interest Immunity certificate claiming that any "official disclosures" in court [...]
Many experts are convinced the National Security Agency's main reason for climbing aboard the Clinton administrations's High Performance Computing and [...]
Many high-level officials from the National Security Agency turned up at the latest seminar staged in Washington by Open Sources Solutions, the company headed by Robert Steele which has worked in recent years to encourage intelligence services to use open [.
At least 500 jobs will be eliminated at the GCHQ SIGINT base because of government belt-tightening. GCHQ bosses hope the [...]
When Wayne Madson of Computer Sciences Corp. asked Inslaw owner Bill Hamilton to address the privacy panel at the recent [...]
Capitalizing on the fact that the American military is known as an organization where women and minorities can move up [...]
As the House Judiciary Committee awaits the final Department of Justice report on the Inslaw case concerning the pirated PROMIS [...]
Denials of export licences for American encryption technologies and denials of joint development with foreign firms may have inadvertently revealed [...]
In pursuing indications that the Los Alamos National Laboratory in Albuquerque, New Mexico, was trying to graft an artificial intelligence capacity onto illegal copies of Promis software, Bill Hamilton, president of Inslaw which originally produced the software, conducted a Freedom [.
If the Cold War motto of American intelligence was "Beat the Reds" that has been replaced by "Follow the Money." The U.S. Treasury Department has become a new, fully-fledged member of the American intelligence community on equal footing with the [.
The very company to first propose putting the public encryption Clipper Chip, with a government-approved "backdoor" in its products, AT&T, [...]
Earlier this month there were hearings at the Senate Subcommittee on Technology and Law, chaired by Senator Patrick Leahy, on [...]
On Thursday 19 May the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) announced the adoption of the Digital Signature Standard (DSS) as the Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) 186. As such DSS is to provide unforgeable digital signatures to all [.
California software designer Grady Ward is at the center of the current flurry concerning the Clipper Chip and the secure [...]