New NSA Director Rogers Speaks on NSA Spying, Snowden

Last week a host of government and industry security experts met at the Reuters Cybersecurity Summit in Washington. During the summit NSA Director and CyberCommand Commander Admiral Rogers shared his views on NSA privacy issues, Snowden and the threats we face today.

Director Rogers, the new head of the NSA, inherits a mess. American citizen trust in the NSA and other government intelligence organizations hit an all time low after Edward Snowden “blew the whistle” on questionable practices at the agency.

Rogers will not only have to try to restore public faith in the NSA, he will have to deal with the fallout.

“They’re changing the way they communicate,” Admiral Rogers said concerning NSA targets. Foreign nations, terror groups and others targeted by the NSA have taken direct measures to protect themselves from current American collection techniques.

And while many see Snowden as a hero, they neglect to see that his actions go far beyond bringing attention to NSA spying and US citizen privacy.

“Mr. Snowden stole from the United States government and national security a large amount of very classified information, a small portion of which is germane to his apparent central argument regarding NSA and privacy issues. The great majority of which has zero to do with those viewpoints,” Director Rogers said.

“I would characterize it as … a broad range about NSA capabilities against a range of traditional military targets, issues of concern to the nation,” Rogers added. “Nothing to do with privacy rights or actions that NSA does or does not take involving citizens of the United States.”

Snowden then took this classified information and ended up seeking asylum in Russia, of all places…

Director Rogers has a full plate in front of him – leading US CyberCommand, and not only directing but fixing the public image of the NSA. And, honestly I could not think of a better man for the job.

When watching news about government spying in the ’70s with his family, Rogers turned to his father and said, “Dad, what kind of nation would we ever want to be that would allow something like this to happen?

What kind of nation indeed.

Rogers is highly regarded in both the military and the intelligence community. He also seems to be a man of integrity and a great leader. If anyone can right the ship, my money is on him.

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The May issue of Hakin9 Magazine is out!

hakin9 May 2014The may issue of Hakin9 Magazine is out!

This month’s magazine includes my article, “Detecting and Exploiting the OpenSSL-Heartbleed Vulnerability”:

“In this article we will discuss how to detect systems that are vulnerable to the OpenSSL-Heartbleed vulnerability and learn how to exploit them using Metasploit on Kali Linux.”

It is a step-by-step tutorial that shows how to detect systems that are vulnerable to the Heartbleed exploit in your organization and also shows how to exploit the bug.

Check out the intro to the article here.

Also in this issue:

What is Reverse Engineering

by Aman Singh

Reverse engineering as this article will discuss it is simply the act of figuring out what software that you have no source code for does in a particular feature or function to the degree that you can either modify this code, or reproduce it in another independent work.

Write Your Own Debugger

by Amr Thabet

Do you want to write your own debugger? Do you have a new technology and see the already known products like OllyDbg or IDA Pro don’t have this technology? … Do you write plugins in OllyDbg and IDA Pro but you need to convert it into a separate application? …

The Logic Breaks Logic

by Raheel Ahmad

People – Process – Technology, your Internet industry is based on these three words as a base of everything including the software market. Think for a second and you will realize that the Software industry is actually driven from the keyboard of a programmer and in reality it’s the logic design by the programmer.

Playing with the Ports Redirection 49

by Davide Peruzzi

Whether you are performing a penetration test or that your goal is to debug an error in your complicated corporate network or, why not, to bypass control of a very restrictive firewall that does not allows to display web pages categorized as “hacking”, the port redirection is a technique as basic as it is powerful.

And much more, check it out!

Russia Requires Popular Bloggers to Register

Russian president Vladimir Putin cranks down further on internet and press freedom by quietly signing into law a new “Blogger’s Law” on Monday.

According to the NY Times, the new legislation states that “any site with more than 3,000 visitors daily will be considered a media outlet akin to a newspaper and be responsible for the accuracy of the information published” and must register with the government.

What this means is that any blogger with a large following will have to register and tie what used to be somewhat anonymous speech with verifiable identification. In doing so the Russian government will be able to more closely monitor (and control) what it’s citizens are saying on the internet.

Along with reports of increased monitoring and filtering of Russian TV, news media and newspapers, this is yet another move by Putin to control free speech. And with the recent mass protests in Moscow over the invasion of Ukraine it makes you wonder if those “Pro-Russian” forces in Eastern Ukraine really understand what system that they are embracing.