Morning Security Brief: FBI Domestic Surveillance Update, Chemical Watchdog Wins Nobel Peace Prize, and More

By Laura Spadanuta

 The FBI has released new information on its clandestine wireless surveillance unit. Slate looks at information handed over by the agency as part of a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit from organizations such as the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC). According to the article, "late last week, the bureau turned over a batch of 500 pages featuring newly declassified portions that offer fresh insight into its spy tools, as well as shining a light on a little-known internal surveillance unit that has built up within the bureau over the past decade." The Wireless Intercept and Tracking Team was established as far back as 2003 or 2004. Other revelations were that the FBI not only used the Stingray tool to garner locations of phone calls, but other tools known as Triggerfish and Loggerhead to eavesdrop on the calls.

An anti-chemical weapons watchdog group, the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), has won the Nobel Peace Prize today. The inspectors have started working in Syria and the Nobel Committee is quoted in CNN as saying it hopes the award offers support for the efforts.

A group of human rights organizations have worked together to release "Take back the streets," a look at the repression and criminalization of protest throughout the world. The report looks at the repression of demonstration and protest in both developed and underdeveloped countries, where the demands are not always similar. The report also takes a look at the use of force against nonviolent protestors.

Also in the news: Forbes looks at the vulnerability of encrypted credit card data following last week's Adobe breach where hackers accessed credit data for up to 2.9 million customers. ⇒ DHS looks for leadership training based on the Battle of Gettysburg.


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