Cyber Beat Daily: Secretive Team of NSA Hackers and Spies Targets China + The Day's Top Tech Stories

The day’s top stories in social media and technology for 6/11: secretive team of NSA hackers and spies targets China, social media is full of narcissists, social media forces mainstream media to cover Turkey protests, Julian Assange appealed for secret military information, a SWATting in Kansas, Anonymous hacker to plead guilty to breaching police sites,  ACLU Files Lawsuit Over NSA Phone Surveillance, NJ legislators want to let police examine your cell phone without a warrant after an accident, nearly half the gamer population are chicks.

Read below for these stories and more.

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As President Obama met with China’s newly appointed leader, Xi Jinping, the two sides discussed threats of cyber-espionage.  “According to a Chinese diplomat in Washington who spoke in confidence, Beijing was furious about the sudden elevation of cybersecurity and Chinese espionage on the meeting’s agenda. According to a diplomatic source in Washington, the Chinese government was even angrier that the White House leaked the new agenda item to the press before Washington bothered to tell Beijing about it.”  Meanwhile, a secretive team inside the NSA’s Office of Tailored Access Operations has been penetrating Chinese computer and telecommunications systems for nearly 15 years.

‘Deep within the National Security Agency, an elite, rarely discussed team of hackers and spies is targeting America’s enemies abroad.’

Inside the NSA’s Ultra-Secret China Hacking Group

Social Media/Tech Trends, Happenings and Faux Pas.

The most predictable research study outcome on the planet.
University of Michigan study links social media and narcissism

This writer says Twitter and Facebook are ruining our national parks, our marriages, our minds, our writing skills, our security and our sexual health.  See previous article – perhaps it’s the narcissism.
6 things social media is ruining


After CNN Turk opted to air a penguin documentary while protests raged in Istanbul, social media forced the mainstream media’s hand.
How Social Media Forced Turkish News Organizations To Change Course

Hoaxes, Harassment and Hacking.

A Marine Corps computer security expert testified on in the Bradley Manning trial on Tuesday that Julian Assange appealed for secret military information, classified information and trade secrets at a 2009 computer security conference.
WikiLeaks founder solicited U.S. secrets – court-martial witness

Spoofed text messages claiming a hostage situation brought a SWAT team to the home of a family with two young children.
Police swarm Overland Park (Kansas) home after ‘swatting’ prank

Will plead guilty to five charges related to the hacking of law enforcement websites in Utah, California, New York and Missouri.
Man linked to hacker collective Anonymous to plead guilty to hacking into Salt Lake City police site

Law and Order.

The suit names Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, NSA Director Keith Alexander, Attorney General Eric Holder, Defense Secretary Charles Hagel and FBI Director Robert Mueller III as defendants.
ACLU Files Lawsuit Over NSA Phone Surveillance

‘New Jersey legislators propose allowing police to examine your cell phone without a warrant in the event of being stopped. This is in response to texting and driving incidents.’
Bill would force you to give police phone after accident


Entertainment Software Association released its “2013 Essential Facts About the Computer and Video Game Industry” report.  The result – chicks.
ESA Report: Women Comprise Nearly Half of Gamer Population