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The Largest Intelligence Leak Since Snowden

There’s a massive new leak of confidential spy files from MI6, Mossad and the FSB, says Business Insider:

Al-Jazeera has obtained hundreds of confidential “spy cables” from some of the world’s top intelligence agencies, in what the news channel is calling“the largest intelligence leak since Snowden.”

Documents from Britain’s MI6 and Israel’s Mossad are included, along with the Russian FSB, South African SSA and the Australian ASIO. (No American intelligence agencies appear to be included.) Al-Jazeera is publishing the leaks over the coming days in conjunction with the Guardian, promising that they will provide “an unprecedented insight into operational dealings of the shadowy and highly politicised realm of global espionage.”

The documents date from 2006 to December 2014. They will be redacted before publication and their full contents are not yet known, but reportedly include:

  • Israel’s “true” assessment of Iran’s nuclear capabilities.
  • An MI6 operation to recruit a North Korean spy.
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NSA To Fire 90% Of Its System Administrators To Prevent Future Snowdens

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Human beings deemed a security risk. Business Insider reports:

The National Security Agency, hit by disclosures of classified data by former contractor Edward Snowden, said Thursday it intends to eliminate about 90 percent of its system administrators to reduce the number of people with access to secret information.

Keith Alexander, the director of the NSA, the U.S. spy agency charged with monitoring foreign electronic communications, told a cybersecurity conference in New York City that automating much of the work would improve security.

Before the change, “what we’ve done is we’ve put people in the loop of transferring data, securing networks and doing things that machines are probably better at doing,” Alexander said.

Using technology to automate much of the work now done by employees and contractors would make the NSA’s networks “more defensible and more secure,” he said.

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DARPA Continues to Refine the Art of Surveillance

DARPA is developing another successor to Total Information Awareness.  Dubbed ADAMS (Anomaly Detection at Multiple Scales), the project aims to sift through billions of military emails to recognize an immanent threat — homocide, suicide, or intelligence leaks.  Wired’s Danger Room and CNN cover the project from different angles:

Darpa(Wired) The military is scrambling to identify disgruntled or radicalized troops who pose a threat to themselves or their buddies. So the futurists at Darpa are asking for algorithms to find and pre-empt anyone planning the next Fort Hood massacre, WikiLeaks document dump or suicide-in-uniform.

This counterintelligence-heavy effort isn’t Darpa’s typical push to create flying Humvees or brainwave-powered prosthetic limbs. But the Pentagon’s far-out R&D team has made other moves recently to hunt down threats from within.

The idea behind the Anomaly Detection at Multiple Scales, or Adams, effort is to sift through “massive data sets” to find the warning signs of looming homicide, suicide or other destructive behavior.

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