The Rise of the Cyber-Mercenaries

What happens when private firms have cyberweapons as powerful as those owned by governments?

Illuminated portraits of late North Korean leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il on display amid the night skyline in Pyongyang, North Korea, on Nov. 25, 2016. (Ed Jones/AFP/Getty Images)

All Eyes on North Korea

Intelligence agencies are surging resources to focus on the Korean Peninsula.

A computer monitor displays a map available on the Strava website in Washington on Jan. 29. (Eric Baradat/AFP/Getty Images)

How the Spies Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Fitbit

The debate over whether fitness trackers should be allowed in sensitive areas has dragged on for years.

Fort Meade, UNITED STATES:  A computer workstation bears the National Security Agency (NSA) logo inside the Threat Operations Center inside the Washington suburb of Fort Meade, Maryland, intelligence gathering operation 25 January 2006 after US President George W. Bush delivered a speech behind closed doors and met with employees in advance of Senate hearings on the much-criticized domestic surveillance.   AFP PHOTO/Paul J. RICHARDS  (Photo credit should read PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images)

Is the NSA Doing More Harm Than Good in Not Disclosing Exploits?

Inside the complicated national security calculus behind disclosing zero-day vulnerabilities.

FT. MEADE, MD - UNDATED: (FILE PHOTO)    This undated photo provided by the National Security Agency (NSA) shows its headquarters in Fort Meade, Maryland. The NSA has been secretly collecting the phone call records of millions of Americans, using data provided by telecom firms AT&T, Verizon and BellSouth, the newspaper USA Today reported on May 11, 2006.  (Photo by NSA via Getty Images)

Trump Elevates Cyber Command

The long-awaited move bolsters the authority of the chief of America’s military hackers.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel greets US President Donald Trump  prior to the start of the first working session of the G20 meeting in Hamburg, northern Germany, on July 7.
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Trump’s Bigly Plan to Be Better at ‘the Cyber’

The administration is planning key changes to U.S. cyberintelligence structure, but is it a step backward for U.S. national security?


NSA Director Gave Senator Private Tour During Debate Over Foreign intelligence Collection

Admiral Michael Rogers appears to be stepping up his efforts to preserve the intelligence community’s “crown jewels.”

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Who Is Really to Blame for the WannaCry Ransomware?

Microsoft, the NSA, computer users, and the nature of computer science all bear a portion of the blame.

WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 09:  Navy Adm. Michael Rogers, commander of the U.S. Cyber Command, and Director of the National Security Agency, testifies during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing regarding the U.S. Cyber Command, on Capitol Hill May 9, 2017 in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

NSA Director: Russia Hacked French ‘Infrastructure’ Ahead of Vote

Michael Rogers intensifies suspicions Moscow was behind the dump of Macron documents.


NSA Halts Controversial Spy Program

The program had been used to scoop up large numbers of digital communications, including those belonging to Americans, "about" targets of foreign surveillance.

The partially-finished new headquarters building of Germany's Federal Intelligence Service, the Bundesnachrichtendienst (BND), is seen on July 12, 2014 in Berlin, Germany. In addition to a German employee of his country's foreign-intelligence agency, known as the Bundesnachrichtendienst (BND), who was arrested on suspicion of working as a double agent for the United States National Security Agency (NSA), a further blow to German-U.S. relations after suspicions that the latter agency had listened in on German Chancellor Angela Merkel's mobile phone, a second suspect, from the military, is also being investigated as a potential spy. As a result, the U.S. intelligence chief has been expelled from the country. Investigations into the exact extent of the American government's surveillance in the country are ongoing.

Intelligence Community Pushes to Keep Surveillance Powers

Maintaining existing foreign intelligence powers is "the intelligence community’s top legislative priority for 2017," a new document notes.


Trove of Stolen NSA Data Is ‘Devastating’ Loss for Intelligence Community

Former intelligence officials say leaks are crippling U.S. espionage capabilities.


U.S. Govt. Hackers Get Burned by Online Vigilantes, Researchers

Or is Russia retaliating for President Donald Trump’s Syria strikes through one of its cyber-proxies?


NSA Official Suggests North Korea Was Culprit in Bangladesh Bank Heist

The deputy director of the NSA says he believes states have entered the bank-robbing business.

WASHINGTON, D.C. - MARCH 20:  (L-R) James Comey, Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and Michael Rogers, Director of the National Security Agency, testify during a House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence hearing concerning Russian meddling in the 2016 United States election, on Capitol Hill, March 20, 2017 in Washington, DC. While both the Senate and House Intelligence committees have received private intelligence briefings in recent months, Monday's hearing is the first public hearing on alleged Russian attempts to interfere in the 2016 election. (Photo by Zach Gibson/Getty Images)

At Comey Hearing, Mental Gymnastics on Display

If mental gymnastics were an Olympic event, yesterday’s House Intelligence Committee hearing represented a qualifying round full of strong showings from a large number of competitors both inside and outside the room.

FBI Director James Comey (L) speaks as National Security Agency Director Mike Rogers listens during the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence hearing on Russian actions during the 2016 election campaign on March 20, 2017 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. 

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‘Benghazi on Steroids’ Russia Investigation Needs an Independent Commission

Donald Trump may hate the thought of it, but it's something he should want, too.

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Comey: Yes, We’re Investigating Possible Ties Between Trump and Russia

In a rare admission, the FBI said that it has been looking into Russian meddling in the U.S. election since last summer.

WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 29:  (L-R) National Counterterrorism Center Director Matthew Olsen, FBI Director James Comey, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, CIA Director John Brennan, Defense Intelligence Agency Director Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn testify during a hearing before Senate (Select) Intelligence Committee January 29, 2014 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. The committee held a hearing on "Current and Projected National Security Threats Against the United States."  (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Trump Is Showing How the Deep State Really Works

America's intelligence agencies aren’t operating outside the law – they’re using the vast power they’ve acquired within it.


NSA Contractor Could Face 200 Years in Prison for Massive Breach

Harold T. Martin III allegedly stole documents over a two-decade period.