The Intercept and the New Zealand Herald have reported that New Zealand spied on communications about the World Trade Organization director-general candidates. I’m not sure why this is news; it seems like a perfectly reasonable national intelligence target. More interesting to me is that the Intercept published the XKEYSCORE rules.
Category: Bruce Schneier
There’s a new story about the hacking capabilities of Canada’s Communications Security Establishment (CSE), based on the Snowden documents.
The Brennan Center has a long report on what’s wrong with the FISA Court and how to fix it. At the time of its creation, many lawmakers saw constitutional problems in a court that operated in total secrecy and outside the normal “adversarial” process…. But the majority of Congress was reassured by similarities between FISA Court proceedings and the hearings that take place when the government seeks a search warrant in a criminal investigation.
David Omand — GCHQ director from 1996-1997, and the UK’s security and intelligence coordinator from 2000-2005 — has just published a new paper : “Understanding Digital Intelligence and the Norms That Might Govern It.” Executive Summary : This paper describes the nature of digital intelligence and provides context for the material published as a result of the actions of National Security Agency (NSA) contractor Edward Snowden.
Last May, we learned that the NSA intercepts equipment being shipped around the world and installs eavesdropping implants. There were photos of NSA employees opening up a Cisco box
New research: Max Abrahms and Philip B.K. Potter, ” Explaining Terrorism: Leadership Deficits and Militant Group Tactics ,” International Organizations . Abstract : Certain types of militant groups — those suffering from leadership deficits — are more likely to attack civilians.
New research: ” How Polymorphic Warnings Reduce Habituation in the Brain - Insights from an fMRI Study .” Abstract : Research on security warnings consistently points to habituation as a key reason why users ignore security warnings. However, because habituation as a mental state is difficult to observe, previous research has examined habituation indirectly by observing its influence on security behaviors. This study addresses this gap by using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to open the “black box” of the brain to observe habituation as it develops in response to security warnings.