` US Department of Homeland Security Advises Users of Microsoft’s Explorer Browser to Use Alternatives ‘

#AceSecurityNews – BOSTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Department of Homeland Security advised computer users to consider using alternatives to Microsoft Corp’s Internet Explorer browser until the company fixes a security flaw that hackers have used to launch attacks.

The bug is the first high-profile security flaw to emerge since Microsoft stopped providing security updates for Windows XP earlier this month.
That means PCs running the 13-year old operating system could remain unprotected against hackers seeking to exploit the newly uncovered flaw, even after Microsoft figures out how to defend against it.

The United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team, a part of Homeland Security known as US-CERT, said in an advisory released on Monday morning that the vulnerability in versions 6 to 11 of Internet Explorer could lead to “the complete compromise” of an affected system.

“We are currently unaware of a practical solution to this problem,” Carnegie Mellon’s Software Engineering Institute warned in a separate advisory, that US-CERT linked to in its warning.

FireEye, whose Mandiant division helps companies respond to cyber attacks, declined to name specific victims or identify the group of hackers, saying that an investigation into the matter is still active.

“It’s a campaign of targeted attacks seemingly against U.S.-based firms, currently tied to defense and financial sectors,” said FireEye spokesman Vitor De Souza on Sunday. “It’s unclear what the motives of this attack group are, at this point.

It appears to be broad-spectrum intel gathering.”

Ace Related News:

  1. April 28 – http://tinyurl.com/m4re4p2

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#boston, #microsoft, #us-department-of-homeland-security

` Hacker with Activist Group ` Anonymous ' Became Informant for FBI Directing Cyber-Attacks against Foreign Governments '

#AceSecurityNews – WASHINGTON April 26 – (DWN) – A hacker who became an informant for the FBI directed hundreds of cyber attacks against the websites of foreign governments, including Brazil, Iran, Pakistan, Syria and Turkey, the New York Times reported Thursday.

It was unclear whether the FBI explicitly ordered the digital attacks, but court documents and interviews suggest “that the government may have used hackers to gather intelligence overseas,” the Times wrote.

The figure at the centre of the case is Hector Xavier Monsegur, who had become a prominent hacker with the activist group Anonymous, which has staged cyber assaults on MasterCard, PayPal and other commercial and government targets.

Monsegur was arrested by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and became an informant, helping the law enforcement agency identify other members of Anonymous.

Monsegur’s location is unknown and his sentencing hearing has been delayed repeatedly, fuelling speculation that he remains an informant for the US government, the Times wrote.

The report reinforces allegations that the US government has exploited flaws in Internet security to spy on foreign targets.

The FBI was not immediately available for comment.

Dawn News – New York Times – Media News Report

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#fbi, #new-york, #pakistan, #syria, #turkey, #washington

` Heartbleed Open SSL Virus Leads Companies to Take Action Under Multi-Million Dollar Project '

#AceSecurityNews – WWW – April 24 – The Core Infrastructure Initiative is a multi-million dollar project housed at The Linux Foundation to fund open source projects that are in the critical path for core computing functions. Inspired by the Heartbleed OpenSSL crisis, The Initiative’s funds will be administered by the Linux Foundation and a steering group comprised of backers of the project as well as key open source developers and other industry stakeholders.

The steering group will work with an advisory board of esteemed open source developers to identify and fund open source projects in need. Support from the initiative can include funding for fellowships for key developers to work full time on the open source project, security audits, computing and test infrastructure, travel, face-to-face meeting coordination and other support.

Early supporters include: Amazon Web Services, Cisco, Dell Fujitsu, Google, IBMIntel, Microsoft, NetApp, Qualcomm, Rackspace, vmware

We expect more to follow suit in the coming weeks and months.

Members of CII will evaluate open source projects that are essential to global computing infrastructure and are experiencing under-investment. These companies recognize the need for directed funds for highly critical open source software projects they all consume and that run much of modern day society.

They also value and invest in developers and collaborative software development and want to support this important work.

Ace Related News:
1. http://www.linuxfoundation.org/programs/core-infrastructure-initiative
2. http://www.linuxfoundation.org/programs/core-infrastructure-initiative/faq
3. http://www.theinquirer.net/inquirer/news/2338750/openssl-security-bug-heartbleed-exposes-two-thirds-of-webservers-to-attack

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` Heartbleed Virus Could Infect Those that Used The `Health.Gov Website ‘ to Enrol in Insurance Plans ‘

#AceSecurityNews – UNITED STATES – April 19 – US citizens who used the healthcare.gov website to enrol in insurance plans under the government’s healthcare reform law are being told to change their passwords to protect against the notorious Heartbleed internet security error.

The Heartbleed bug is an encryption bug that silently puts the passwords, personal information, and credit card data of millions at risk.

However, a post on the website says there is no indication that any personal information is at risk.

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#healthcare-gov, #heartbleed, #united-states

` Who Owns Your Data When Visiting White House.Gov and other Sites According to Obama Open Domain ‘

#AceSecurityNews – UNITED STATES – April 18 – (DWN) – A new Obama administration privacy policy released Friday explains how the government will gather the user data of on-line visitors to WhiteHouse.gov, mobile apps and social media sites, and it clarifies that on-line comments, whether tirades or tributes, are in the open domain.

“Information you choose to share with the White House (directly and via third party sites) may be treated as public information,” the new policy says.

The Obama Administration also promises not to sell the data of on-line visitors.

But it cannot make the same assurances for users who go to third-party White House sites on Facebook, Twitter or Google Plus.

There will be no significant changes in actual practices under the new policy. But legal jargon and bureaucratic language has been stripped out, making it easier for readers to now understand that the White House stores the date, time and duration of on-line visits; the originating Internet

Protocol address; how much data users transmit from WhiteHouse.gov to their computers; and more.

The administration also tracks whether emails from the White House are opened, forwarded or printed.

The updates were needed because “Our old privacy policy was just that – old,” blogged Obama’s digital director Nathaniel Lubin.

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` Heartbleed Bug has Attacked ` Mumsnet and a Canadian Tax Authority ' with Data and Social Insurance Numbers Stolen '

#AceSecurityNews – UK – Canada – April 14 – (BBC) – A leading UK site for parents and the Canadian tax authority have both announced they have had data stolen by hackers exploiting the Heartbleed bug.

Mumsnet – which says it has 1.5 million registered members – said that it believed that the cyber thieves may have obtained passwords and personal messages before it patched its site.

The Canada Revenue Agency said that 900 people’s social insurance numbers had been stolen.

These are the first confirmed losses.

The Mumsnet site’s founder Justine Roberts told the BBC that it became apparent that user data was at risk when her own username and password were used to post a message on-line.

She said the hackers then informed Mumsnet’s administrators that the attack was linked to the Heartbleed flaw and told them the company’s data was not safe.

“On Friday 11 April, it became apparent that what is widely known as the Heartbleed bug had been used to access data from Mumsnet users’ accounts,” the London-based website added in an email to its members.

“We have no way of knowing which Mumsnetters were affected by this.

“The worst case scenario is that the data of every Mumsnet user account was accessed.

“It is possible that this information could then have been used to log in as you and give access to your posting history, your personal messages and your personal profile, although we should say that we have seen no evidence of anyone’s account being used for anything other than to flag up the security breach, thus far.”

Read More: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-27028101

Ace Related News – April 11 – 15.49 GMT – #AceSecurityNews – UNITED STATES -NSA – April 12 – (ALJ) – The US government has warned banks and other businesses to be on alert for hackers seeking to steal data exposed by the “Heartbleed” bug, as a German programmer took responsibility for the widespread security crisis. http://wp.me/p165ui-4L1

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` US Government Warns of the Bug that can Shut-Down over 60 Percent of the Websites Today ‘

#AceSecurityNews – UNITED STATES -NSA – April 12 – (ALJ) – The US government has warned banks and other businesses to be on alert for hackers seeking to steal data exposed by the “Heartbleed” bug, as a German programmer took responsibility for the widespread security crisis.

On a website for advising critical infrastructure operators about emerging cyber threats, the Department of Homeland Security asked organisations to report any Heartbleed-related attacks, adding that hackers were attempting to exploit the bug in widely used OpenSSL code by scanning targeted networks.

The German government also called the bug “critical” and the Canadian government has shut down federal websites as a precaution.

Federal regulators also advised financial institutions to patch and test their systems to make sure they are safe.

OpenSSL is technology used to encrypt communications, including access to email, as well as websites of big Internet companies like Facebook Inc, Google Inc and Yahoo Inc.

The bug, which surfaced on Monday, allows hackers to steal data without a trace. No organisation has identified itself as a victim, yet security firms say they have seen well-known hacking groups scanning the web in search of vulnerable networks.

The vulnerability went undetected for several years, so experts worry that hackers have likely stolen some keys, leaving data vulnerable to spying.

Technology analyst Carmi Levy told Al Jazeera that the bug was a “watershed moment in Internet security”, adding that the flaw would force everyone to take security on-line much more seriously.

Deutsche Telecom – News media report about a bug in the widely used Open SSL encryption software. Telekom also was affected in its e-mail service and in the business market place of this error. Immediately after the announcement, we have closed the gap. To give our customers the greatest possible security, we replace the server-side SSL certificates and lock them for further use. Furthermore, we explore other services to potential vulnerability.

T-Systems has also initiated in close coordination with its clients the necessary steps: The company has customers, both server as well as certificates of T-Systems refer informed after learning of the gap and started cleaning up the affected server. In addition, exchanges , T-Systems from the server-side certificates for these customers.

All other customers, has T-Systems immediately informed of the necessary steps. For further inquiries contact persons are available. http://www.telekom.com/verantwortung/sicherheit/222572

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NSA and GCHQ : ` Targeted Private and German Companies ' Spying on 122 World Leaders '

#AceSecurityNews – UNITED STATES – The NSA’s data-base contains information obtained during the surveillance of over a hundred world leaders, new leaks by NSA whistle-blower Edward Snowden revealed.

Der Spiegel has looked through a top secret presentation by NSA’s Centre for Content Extraction, which is responsible for automated analysis of all types of text data.

According to the document, the leaders of 122 states were among the high-ranked targets of the US intelligence.

However, only 12 names were revealed by the German journalists in the publication as an example – http://www.spiegel.de/international/germany/gchq-and-nsa-targeted-private-german-companies-a-961444.html

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` China's Google invokes ` First Amendment ' to beat ` United States ' Anti-Censorship Lawsuit '

#AceSecurityNews – UNITED STATES – March 29 – A US court dismissed a lawsuit against a Chinese internet giant Baidu, which the plaintiff argued blocks material critical of China’s democratic credentials, a decision that could have far-reaching impact on how US search engines sift information – http://on.rt.com/1bbcrf

The lawsuit was brought forward by a group of New York content editors who alleged that Baidu’s search engine was programmed to filter out material in the United States that touches upon the Chinese government’s harsh censorship laws, calling this a violation of the US Constitution.

According to the ruling http://sdnyblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/11-Civ.-03388-2014.03.27-Opinion-Granting-Motion-for-Judgment-on-Pleadings.pdf on Thursday, “Plaintiffs, self-described ‘promoters of democracy in China through their writings, publications and reporting of pro-democracy events,’ allege that Baidu conspires to prevent ‘pro-democracy political speech’ from appearing in its search-engine results here in the United States,” it read.

US District Judge Jesse Furman in Manhattan disagreed, comparing Baidu’s algorithms to a newspaper’s editorial stance: “The First Amendment protects Baidu’s right to advocate for systems of government other than democracy (in China or elsewhere) just as surely as it protects plaintiffs’ rights to advocate for democracy.”

The First Amendment (Amendment I) to the United States Constitution prohibits the making of any law respecting an establishment of religion, impeding the free exercise of religion, abridging the freedom of speech, infringing on the freedom of the press, interfering with the right to peaceably assemble or prohibiting the petitioning for a governmental redress of grievances. It was adopted on December 15, 1791, as one of the ten amendments that comprise the Bill of Rights.

#ANS2014

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` British Secret Services ` Threatened ‘ to ` Shut-Down ‘ the `Guardian ‘ as it was Publishing its Expose of US Surveillance ‘

#AceSecurityNews – LONDON – March 27 – British secret services threatened to shut down the Guardian newspaper as it was publishing its exposé of US massive surveillance based on Edward Snowden leaks.

The story was the most difficult piece of reporting the paper has ever done.

“We were threatened that we would be closed down. We were accused of endangering national security and people’s lives. It left us in a very difficult position,” Guardian deputy editor Paul Johnson told the Radiodays http://www.radiodayseurope.com/highlight/guardian%C2%B4s-inside-story-snowden-case Europe conference in Dublin.

A senior civil servant had told the paper’s editor, Alan Rusbridger, that the “prime minister, the deputy prime minister, the foreign secretary, the home secretary and the attorney general have got a problem with you,” Johnson said, as cited by the Irish Times.

The attitude of the British authorities was a sharp contrast to that of the Americans, he said.

In the US Snowden leaks led to a nationwide debate on surveillance and privacy while in the UK the authorities just assumed that national security trumps press freedom.

Read More: Press Freedom – RT News – http://on.rt.com/tyy7u1

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` Kaspersky has `Launched ‘ a `New Project ‘ that ` Demonstrates ‘ the `On-Going ‘ and `Real-Time ‘ Cyber-Attacks ‘

#AceSecurityNews – KASPERSKY – March 27 – The Internet has a service clearly demonstrates the ongoing real-time computer incidents worldwide.

According to the press service of Kaspersky Lab launched the project, an interactive map shows E-mail antivirus detected vulnerability and cyber-attacks.


“Our new map allows to see a scale of cyber-attacks actions in real time,” he said.

“Users can turn the globe and zoom to get an idea about the local situation in any part of the world. The different types identified threats on the globe pointed by different colours in real-time,” the company explained.

The user can display a description of each threat and if he want to turn off the display uninteresting types of threats.

The link for checking a computer for malicious software is also available on the company’s Web site – http://free.kaspersky.com/

According to the head of corporate communications Kaspersky Lab Denis Zenkina experts handle more than 300,000 malware every day.

#ANS2014

#antivirus, #cyber-attacks, #email, #kaspersky-lab, #malware

` Brazil Wins Victory for Net Neutrality in Brazil but Companies Win Right to still Store Information '

#AceSecurityNews – BRAZIL – March 26 – Brazil has scored big for net neutrality after its lower house of Congress approved a ground-breaking post-Snowden bill that protects its users’ privacy rights, albeit with some sacrifices.

The measure did not go as smoothly as could have. To ensure success, President Dilma Rousseff had to let it through at the cost of allowing companies such as Google and Facebook to store user information outside Brazil’s servers.

The real truth is that as before all your GMail and Private Data is still stored on Servers outside these countries and as in the case of Google and Facebook free to be used albeit, they will say with restrictions says Ace News Services.

However, other provisions, which ensured that internet providers gave equal privileges to all web traffic, were left in place. This went ahead despite contrary pleas by big local phone carriers who wanted to continue charging users higher prices for separate content, such as video streaming or Skype-like services.RT

In return for allowing Google and Facebook the freedom not to be bound by Brazilian servers, where local user information was concerned, the bill gets to strengthen legal oversight and punishment for companies not respecting local laws when storing Brazilian user data internationally.

If any transgressions are detected, or data is not made available to law enforcement on request, a company would have to pay a fine equal to 10 percent of its annual earnings from the year before.

#ANS2014

#ace-news-services, #brazil, #brazilian, #facebook, #google, #president-dilma-rousseff, #skype, #snowden

China detains 1,530 people in ` Crack-Down ‘ on use of `Fake Telecommunications Equipment’ to send Spam ‘

#AceSecurityNews – CHINA – March 25 – Chinese authorities have detained 1,530 people in a crackdown on the use of fake telecommunication base stations to send spam text messages to mobile telephones, Reuters reported.

The campaign began in February and has resulted in the seizure of more than 2,600 fake base stations and identification of 3,540 suspected criminal acts, according to the Ministry of Public Security.

Such stations are used by criminals to send spam messages to nearby mobile users using fake telephone numbers or disguised as messages from official sources.

#ANS2014

#china, #chinese, #reuters, #spam, #text-messages

‘ Self-Defence Forces of `Japan ‘ will Launch Squad to fight Cyber-Attacks ‘

#AceSecurityNews – JAPAN – March 25 – The Self-Defence Forces of Japan will launch on Wednesday the first squad to fight cyber-attacks on the country’s most important information resources, Itar-Tass – reported.

Ninety experts are expected to join the new department at the first stage.

In 2015, a special cyber security centre will be established.

A week ago, Tokyo faced a full-on cyber-attack across government departments in a drill aimed at bolstering national security as the country gears up to host the 2020 Olympics, Reuters said.

#ANS2014

#2020, #cyber-attack, #itar-tass, #japan, #olympics, #reuters, #tokyo

TSA : Investment of $1 Billion in ` Behaviour Detection Techniques and Training ‘ shows no Evidence ‘

#AceSecurityNews – After investing $1 billion in behaviour detection techniques and training since 2007, the Transportation Security Administration has little to show for its efforts, the New York Times stated in a new report.

According to the newspaper, critics of the TSA’s attempt to read body language claim there’s no evidence to suggest the agency has been able to link chosen passengers to anything beyond carrying drugs or holding undeclared currency, much less a terrorist attack. In fact, a review of numerous studies seems to suggest that even those trained to look for various tactics are no more capable of identifying liars than normal individuals.

“The common-sense notion that liars betray themselves through body language appears to be little more than a cultural fiction,” Maria Hartwig, a psychologist at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City, told the Times in their report – http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/25/science/in-airport-screening-body-language-is-faulted-as-behavior-sleuth.html?

The TSA’s body language program has also been critiqued by the Government Accountability Office, which found it to be ineffective and recommended cutting its funding going forward.

As RT – http://on.rt.com/4v1fsr reported last year, its conclusion was that human ability to read body language was “the same as or slightly better than chance.”

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#rt, #new-york-times, #transportation-security-administration, #tsa

` NSA: ` has Spied on `Chinese Telecom Giant Huawei ' and was a `Core Target 'during a Campaign in China '

#AceSecurityNews – NSA – 23 March – The US National Security Agency (NSA) has spied on Chinese leaders and businesses, new Snowden docs indicate.

Yet it seems that China’s telecom giant, Huawei, was the core target for the NSA campaign in China.

The new portion of revelations from the former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, published by Der Spiegel http://www.spiegel.de/international/world/nsa-spied-on-chinese-government-and-networking-firm-huawei-a-960199.html and The New York Times – http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2014/03/23/world/asia/23nsa-docs.html?, has exposed the great interest of the US secret service in obtaining data from China.

It has been revealed that America’s NSA has multiple targets in the world’s second largest economy, among them the Chinese Trade Ministry, national banks, leading telecommunications companies and the country’s top officials, like former Chinese President Hu Jintao.

Related News: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/23/world/asia/nsa-breached-chinese-servers-seen-as-spy-peril.html

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#china, #der-spiegel, #huawei, #national-security-agency, #new-york-times, #nsa, #president-hu-jintao, #snowden

` Pentagon Law Enforcement Agency amasses ` Millions of Criminal Records ‘Called into Question’

#AceSecurityNews – A rarely reported but highly extensive database managed by a Pentagon law enforcement agency that contains millions of details including criminal records and minor infractions alike is being called into question.

PentagonAlthough the Law Enforcement Information Exchange, or LInX, contains police records pertaining to run-of-the-mill 911 calls and even mere traffic citations, millions of these records concerning harmless civilian activity are stored in a system run by the United States Naval Criminal Investigative Service, the primary law enforcement agency of the US Navy that’s head-quartered at the Quantico, Virginia military base.

On Friday this week, an article published in the Washington Examiner by senior watchdog reporter Mark Flatten offered a detailed look at the database, and dared to ask questions about the sparsely discussed system amid growing concerns about government-sanctioned surveillance.

“Those fears are heightened by recent disclosures of the National Security Agency spying on Americans, and the CIA allegedly spying on Congress,”Flatten wrote.

Unlike the NSA’s conduct or the Central Intelligence Agency’s activities, though, the LInX System is a US military operation. The NCIS got the initiative off the ground in 2003, and says on their website that it is “designed to enhance information sharing between local, state, and federal law enforcement in areas of strategic importance to the Department of the Navy.”

“LInX provides participating law enforcement partner agencies with secure access to regional crime and incident data and the tools needed to process it, enabling investigators to search across jurisdictional boundaries to help solve crimes and resolve suspicious events,” the website reads.

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NSA take down of Terrorists and Criminals Adopts `Hacking System Administrators ‘ Private Network’s ‘

#AceSecurityNews – In its quest to take down suspected terrorists and criminals abroad, the United States National Security Agency has adopted the practice of hacking the system administrators that oversee private computer networks, new documents reveal.

InterceptThe Intercept has published a handful of leaked screenshots taken from an internal NSA message board where one spy agency specialist spoke extensively about compromising not the computers of specific targets, but rather the machines of the system administrators who control entire networks.

Journalist Ryan Gallagher reported that Edward Snowden, a former sys admin for NSA contractor Booz Allen Hamilton, provided The Intercept with the internal documents, including one from 2012 that’s bluntly titled “I hunt sys admins.”

According to the posts — some labeled “top secret” — NSA staffers should not shy away from hacking sys admins: a successful offensive mission waged against an IT professional with extensive access to a privileged network could provide the NSA with unfettered capabilities, the analyst acknowledged.

“Who better to target than the person that already has the ‘keys to the kingdom’?” one of the posts reads.

Reuters

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`Google Encrypts Gmail in Effort to Stop the Prying Eyes of the NSA – Maybe a Little To Late? ‘

#AceSecurityNews – Google is doing its best to put a lid on the NSA’s prying eyes by using enhanced encryption technology to make its flagship email service airtight.

Google Encypts Gmail“Your email is important to you, and making sure it stays safe and always available is important to us,” Gmail engineering security chief, Nicolas Lidzborski, said in a blog post.

“Starting today, Gmail will always use an encrypted HTTPS connection when you check or send email.

“Today’s change means that no one can listen in on your messages as they go back and forth between you and Gmail’s servers — no matter if you’re using public WiFi or logging in from your computer, phone or tablet.”

The internet giant’s announcement is the latest attempt to bolster the company’s widely used email service and follows a similar step in 2010, when the company made HTTPS the default connection option.

At the time, however, users had the option to turn this protection feature off.

Starting from Friday, Gmail is HTTPS-only.

The move is a response to a disclosure made by National Security Agency (NSA) whistleblower, Edward Snowden, that the agency had been secretly tapping into the main communications links that connect Yahoo and Google data centres around the world.

 

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SEA: ` Reportedly obtained Documents that reveal how much Money the `FBI ‘ pay `Microsoft ‘ to view client’s Data ‘

#AceSecurityNews – Syrian Electronic Army (SEA) hackers have reportedly obtained documents that reveal how much money the FBI pays Microsoft each time agents try to obtain or view an individual customer’s communication information.

syrian-hackers-reveal-fbi-microsoft.siThe SEA, a group that has made headlines in the past for infiltrating Western media outlets that it perceives to be against Syrian President Bashar Assad, provided a trove of emails and invoices to the Daily Dot http://www.dailydot.com/news/microsoft-compliance-emails-fbi-ditu/, which analyzed the documents before publishing them.

“The documents consist of what appear to be invoices and emails between Microsoft’s Global Criminal compliance team and the FBI’s Digital Intercept Technology Unit (DITU), and purport to show exactly how much money Microsoft charges DITU, in terms of compliance costs, when DITU provides warrants and court orders for customers’ data,” wrote the Daily Dot’s Kevin Collier and Fran Berman.

“In December 2012, for instance, Microsoft emailed DITU a PDF invoice for $145,100, broken down to $100 per request for information, the documents appear to show,” they went on. “In August 2013, Microsoft allegedly emailed a similar invoice, this time for $352, 200 at a rate of $200 per request.

The latest invoice provided, from November 2013, is for $281,000.”

Daily Dot – RT News – News Sources

Related News – Verge – http://www.theverge.com/2014/3/20/5530630/hacked-invoices-show-how-much-microsoft-charges-the-fbi-for-customer-information

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