Google’s secret NSA alliance: The terrifying deals between Silicon Valley and the security state

Sunday, Nov 16, 2014 12:58 PM +0100 Inside the high-level, complicated deals — and the rise of a virtually unchecked surveillance power Cover detail of “@War” by Shane Harris   Excerpted from “@WAR: The Rise of the Military-Internet Complex” In mid-December 2009, engineers at Google’s headquarters in Mountain View, California, began to suspect that hackers…

Profile of Canada’s Little-Known Financial Intelligence Agency

October 20, 2014 Follow the money: How FinTRAC is tracking the cash that flows to overseas militants Jim Bronskill  Canadian Press  October 19, 2014 OTTAWA – Canada’s financial intelligence agency says it is actively helping police and spies follow the money flowing into the coffers of Islamic extremists fighting overseas. The Ottawa-based Financial Transactions and Reports…

Iran tips hand about structure of secret services

By ALI AKBAR DAREINI October 15, 2014 1:40 PM TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran drew back the veil — if slightly — over its intelligence services on Wednesday, with its top nuclear security official crediting them for helping protect the Islamic Republic‘s atomic program from attempts at sabotage. In a first, Iran provided public information…

New ISI chief to be named soon: Report

PTI | Sep 19, 2014, 06.11 AM IST ISI is likely to be named next week amid political turmoil in the coup-prone country. ISLAMABAD: The new chief of Pakistan’s powerful spy agency ISI is likely to be named next week amid political turmoil in the coup-prone country, according to a media report.The appointment is expected as…

Drones, special forces and mercenaries: Remote-control warfare briefing #05

Author: Scott Hickie, Chris Abbott and Raphaël Zaffran Source: Intelligence unit Published: 27 August 2014 Filed: 27 August 2014 Remote-control warfare is an emerging strategy that allows for conflict to be actioned at a distance. It incorporates technologies and light-footprint deployments that enable policymakers and military planners to approve actions that would unlikely be considered…

CIA’s Amazon-Built Cloud Goes Live

  agsandrew/Shutterstock.com By Frank Konkel August 1, 2014 The Central Intelligence Agency is now officially an Amazon Web Services cloud consumer. Less than 10 months after a U.S. Court of Federal Claims judge ended a public battle between AWS and IBM for the CIA’s commercial cloud contract valued at up to $600 million, the AWS-built…

CIA Live: Spy Agency Holds Public Summit

  CIA Director John Brennan // Carolyn Kaster/AP By Aliya Sternstein June 11, 2014 In the first public conference given by the CIA, the agency’s head defended the practice of surveilling cyberspace for threats, but questioned the extent to which potent tracking capabilities should be applied.  “If we are to understand the world we cover…

SOUTH ASIA INTELLIGENCE REVIEW Weekly Assessments & Briefings Volume 12, No. 50, June 16, 2014

Data and assessments from SAIR can be freely published in any form with credit to the South Asia Intelligence Review of the South Asia Terrorism Portal ASSESSMENT INDIA-PAKISTAN: Malignant Spectre – Anurag Tripathi INDIA-PAKISTAN: Waziristan: Terror Destination – Sanchita Bhattacharya INDIA PAKISTAN Malignant Spectre Anurag Tripathi Research Associate,Institute for Conflict Management On June 8, 2014,…

Romania: SRI chief, with the report in Parliament

Politics | adela.stanciu | June 11th, 2014 at 9:00 PM     George Maior said that SRI has “very good knowledge and outstanding competences” about Russian espionage in Romania.   The chief of the Romanian Intelligence Service (SRI), George Cristian Maior, presented yesterday the report of the service before the Joint Permanent Committee of the…