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Joel Schectman

SPECIAL REPORT-Cyber-intel firms pitch governments on spy tools to trace coronavirus

Apr 28 2020

WASHINGTON, April 28 When law enforcement agencies want to gather evidence locked inside an iPhone, they often turn to hacking software from the Israeli firm Cellebrite. By manually plugging the software into a suspect’s phone, police can break in and determine where the person has gone and whom he or she has met.

Coronavirus-infected New York nurse finds hospital transformed as a patient

Apr 02 2020

When the coronavirus struck Sylvia LeRoy, she turned to the hospital she knew best - Brooklyn's Brookdale University Hospital Medical Center - where she has worked for seven years as a labor and delivery nurse and planned to give birth herself in just two months. | Video

New U.S. law requires government to report risks of overseas activities by ex-spies

Jan 22 2020

WASHINGTON Troubled that former American spies are plying their trade for foreign governments, Congress has passed new legislation requiring U.S. spy agencies to provide an annual assessment detailing the risks such conduct poses for national security.

U.S. legislation on spread of cyber tools passes after Reuters investigation

Jan 03 2020

WASHINGTON Newly passed legislation will push the U.S. State Department to disclose how it polices the sale of cyber tools and services abroad.

Security clearance loophole allowed ex-NSA hackers to work for UAE

Dec 10 2019

WASHINGTON How do you keep a coveted top-secret U.S. government security clearance while working for a foreign spy service? That question vexed U.S. intelligence operatives recruited to work as contractors for a secret United Arab Emirates hacking team.

Special Report: White House veterans helped Gulf monarchy build secret surveillance unit

Dec 10 2019

WASHINGTON In the years after 9/11, former U.S. counterterrorism czar Richard Clarke warned Congress that the country needed more expansive spying powers to prevent another catastrophe. Five years after leaving government, he shopped the same idea to an enthusiastic partner: an Arab monarchy with deep pockets.

Exclusive: Messaging app Telegram moves to protect identity of Hong Kong protesters

Aug 31 2019

WASHINGTON Telegram, a popular encrypted messaging app, will allow users to cloak their telephone numbers to safeguard Hong Kong protesters against monitoring by authorities, according to a person with direct knowledge of the effort.

Google blocks websites certified by DarkMatter, after Reuters reports

Aug 01 2019

WASHINGTON, Aug 1 Alphabet's Google has blacklisted websites approved by a United Arab Emirates-based security company after Reuters reports tied the firm to a state hacking operation.

Mozilla blocks UAE bid to become an internet security guardian after hacking reports

Jul 09 2019

WASHINGTON Firefox browser maker Mozilla is blocking the United Arab Emirates' government from serving as one of its internet security gatekeepers, citing Reuters reports on a UAE cyber espionage program.

Trump delays mass deportation raids, seeks deal with Democrats

Jun 22 2019

WASHINGTON U.S. President Donald Trump said on Saturday he would postpone mass deportation raids for two weeks as he seeks compromise with Democratic leaders on immigration issues. | Video

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