The National Security Agency approved both Windows 10 and Surface devices to be operated with classified workloads under the Commercial Solutions for Classified Programs list, Microsoft announced.






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If the National Security Agency and Cyber Command were to split, NSA Executive Director Corin Stone explained that any disagreements between the agencies would be decided by the secretary of defense and the director of national intelligence, to ensure fair judgment.






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A draft cybersecurity executive order would mandate a review of the most critical U.S. cyber vulnerabilities, the principal cyber adversaries of the U.S., ways to incentivize cybersecurity measures in the private sector, and the capabilities of the DoD, DHS, and the NSA.






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President Donald Trump released his Making Our Military Strong Again and America First Foreign Policy last week, which hint at potential changes to the Federal cybersecurity community. Trump’s administration has yet to include any more specific details about how the United States’ cyber capabilities will be used.






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The Shadow Brokers, the hacker group that stole National Security Agency applications, are selling a package of Windows hacking tools. The group first began selling NSA tools, which looked to be about three years old, in August. The current software also dates back to three years ago.






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Congress passed the National Defense Authorization Act of fiscal year 2017, which includes a provision to separate U.S. Cyber Command from the National Security Agency. Cyber Command would focus on developing cyber weapons and use them against adversaries online, whereas the NSA would focus on gathering intelligence in the digital sphere.






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President-elect Donald Trump’s nomination for United States attorney general, Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., could have an impact on government surveillance power because of his full-fledged support of the National Security Agency’s spying authorities.






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Edward Snowden, the NSA contractor responsible for leaking information about the U.S. government’s mass surveillance program in 2013, spoke about the impact that President-elect Donald Trump could have on online privacy: “What we need to start thinking about now is not how we defend against a President-elect Trump, but how we defend the rights of everyone everywhere.”






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The hacker group the Shadow Brokers released files Monday alleging to show which foreign governments and organizations were under surveillance by the National Security Agency. The Shadow Brokers directly asked the U.S. government to pay for the remaining files to be returned.






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The United States has to formulate a conversation about cybersecurity breaches by foreign actors, according to Adm. Michael Rogers, director of the National Security Agency, adding that the Federal government has confirmed that Russia was behind the hacks on the Democratic National Committee.






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Yahoo last year produced a software program that would search customer emails for information specified by U.S. intelligence officials, according to a report by Reuters. Rep. Ted Lieu, D-Calif., condemned such actions, calling them “Big Brother on steroids.”






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The investigation into the August hack of the National Security Agency’s cybersecurity tools is looking into a theory that a former NSA employee left the information on a remote server that the Russian hackers found, according to Reuters.






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