US State Law Protects Kazakh Journalists

In the first test of a shield law to protect journalist sources in Washington state, a U.S. court has ruled that the law applies to reporters from Kazakhstan, a former Soviet republic. Kazakhstan officials claimed to be hunting hackers associated with a now-exiled opposition newspaper, Respublika. The paper is registered with a Washington internet domain company, and officials wanted registration and ISP records. "Kazakhstan impermissibly seeks information" under state law, a judge ruled.


Posted on: March 22, 2016

Story of the Day: NSA’s Secret Hacking Unit

As part of its continuing coverage of the Snowden leaks, Germany's Der Spiegel takes readers inside the NSA's secret "plumbers" unit. This fast-growing, elite hacking group is responsible for tapping into hard targets ranging from terrorists and cyber spooks to more traditional spies. Based at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas, the unit is called TAO -- the Office of Tailored Access Operations.

Source: Der Spiegel

Posted on: December 29, 2013