Vendor Vulnerabilities: Is NSA Obligated to Let them Know?

Cisco’s Cloud Service Platform customers received word of exposures that could severely risk their data’s privacy. In September 2016, Cisco informed their virtual networking clients of the discovery that more than 840,000 devices are open to two serious vulnerabilities. Fortinet customers’ data were also exposed in the theft. These exploits can lead to man in the middle attacks around the globe.

Shadow Brokers 

A group identifying itself as Shadow Brokers allegedly stole exploits from Equation Group, linked to the National Security Agency three years ago. Using a Twitter account, Shadow Brokers recently announced an auction for firewall exploits they claim they found with a hacking tool used by the NSA. The group demanded Bitcoins in exchange for data with codenames such as EPICBANANA, EGREGIOUSBLUNDER, AND EXTRABACON.


One of the exploits that targets Cisco ASA, Cisco Firewall Services [...]


NSA Facial Recognition Program

The National Security Agency’s (NSA) reliance on facial recognition technology has grown substantially over the past four years, as the agency has explored the uses of new software to exploit the numerous images included in emails, text messages, social media, videoconferences and other communications. It was recently revealed that the NSA collects millions of online images and uses facial recognition software to track suspected [...]


Looking Closer at Safe Harbor

In March, 2014, an overwhelming majority of the European Parliament voted for the immediate suspension of the Safe Harbor agreement between the EU and the US. This article takes a look at the [...]