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Apparently They Are Looking! N.S.A. Said to Search Content of Messages to and From U.S.

N.S.A. Said to Search Content of Messages to and From U.S.


The New York Times
by Charlie Savage
August 8, 2013



The National Security Agency is searching the contents of vast amounts of Americans’ e-mail and text communications into and out of the country, hunting for people who mention information about foreigners under surveillance, according to intelligence officials.

The N.S.A. is not just intercepting the communications of Americans who are in direct contact with foreigners targeted overseas, a practice that government officials have openly acknowledged. It is also casting a far wider net for people who cite information linked to those foreigners, like a little used e-mail address, according to a senior intelligence official.

Read the full article at… Direct Link:  http://www.nytimes.com/2013/08/08/us/broader-sifting-of-data-abroad-is-seen-by-nsa.html?pagewanted=1&_r=0&nl=todaysheadlines&emc=edit_th_20130808

Is Your Info Safe with the Government? >>>>> Police Officer Charged with Computer Tampering for Info on Romantic Rivals!

Ex-officer pleads guilty to computer tampering


CBS 5 News
by Dawn Alexander
August 8, 2013
Now a Former Tucson Police Officer  Andrea Middleton pleads guilty to computer tampering
Now a Former Tucson Police Officer Andrea Middleton pleads guilty to computer tampering


A former Tucson police officer has pleaded guilty to computer tampering for using criminal justice databases to check up on romantic rivals.

Andrea Middleton was indicted June 14 on three counts of felony computer tampering, and the Arizona Daily Star reports that she pleaded guilty Tuesday to two of the counts.

A Tucson Police Department report said Middleton harassed two women last November after inappropriately using her access to criminal justice databases to acquire personal information about the women.

According to the department, Middleton resigned the day before she was indicted. She’d been on paid administrative leave since November.

Middleton said in her resignation letter that she’d been subjected to abuse that the department ignored.

She is scheduled to be sentenced on Sept. 13in Pima County Superior Court.


Direct Link:  http://www.kpho.com/story/23084736/ex-officer-pleads-guilty-to-computer-tampering

Most Companies Think Government Spies on Cloud Data

Most Companies Think Government Spies on Cloud Data

July 23, 2013


 Most Companies Think Government Spies on Cloud Data
Most Companies Think Government Spies on Cloud Data


Even though the revelation of the US National Security Agency’s widespread electronic surveillance program has heightened discussions over personal and corporate privacy, it turns out that well over half of IT professionals within large corporations were sure that the government was snooping on their data even before Operation PRISM hit the news.

An industry survey from Voltage Security found that pre-PRISM, 62% of senior-level IT and security respondents already thought the government looks over corporate data, without their knowledge, while it resides in the cloud.

“Any sensitive information, including financials, customer and employee data or intellectual property needs to be protected across the entire lifecycle of that data”, said Dave Anderson, Voltage senior director, in a statement. “Any loss or exposure of that data can result in compliance or regulatory fines, loss of brand and reputation and, as the recent NSA events further validate, a loss of privacy around how we communicate and the content of those communications.”

An organization’s data protection strategy should include proactive data protection controls, such as the ability to supervise and manage how underlying data levels are secured through encryption, tokenization and data masking, he noted. In addition, companies should have policies in place governing how secured data can be used across the organization while still ensuring compliance.

As more organizations leverage the cloud for data processing and analytics, security and privacy become the core requirement across these initiatives. Yet, requirements for regulatory compliance have made security, privacy and compliance somewhat of a tactical, check-the-box activity for some organizations, but in the wake of Edward Snowden blowing the lid off of PRISM, that’s changing. There is an increasing understanding that the only way to provide the necessary levels of security to guard against data loss – either through surveillance, a malicious attack, or an inadvertent disclosure – is through a data-centric security program, Anderson indicated.
“Supervisory data protection controls can deliver and maintain compliance with sanctioned government regulations, and avoid any unnecessary ad-hoc snooping and surveillance activities”, he said.

A comprehensive data protection program provides an underlying foundation for data privacy as well, ensuring that not just the data level itself is secure, but also that the information can only be accessed and used by authorized users and the specific intended recipients. As a result, privacy and security become much aligned, and users and organizations have the ability to secure any sensitive data, while ensuring communications and use of that data can remain private.
“We believe that this approach, which can protect sensitive data across the entire data lifecycle, can allow companies to leverage the benefits of cloud adoption, and ensure their sensitive data is protected from any prying eyes”, concluded Anderson. “This approach can completely change the negative view of 62% of companies regarding the security of their data in the cloud.” 

Direct Link:  http://www.infosecurity-magazine.com/view/33667/most-companies-think-government-spies-on-cloud-data/