The NSA's massive Utah Data Center isn't really even open yet and it's already having problems. The building's computers are being zapped, to the tune of $100,000 per incident, by power surges. And crews are having trouble figuring out why.
At least two terrorist attacks, including a plot against the New York Stock Exchange, were thwarted thanks to government surveillance programs, U.S. officials said at an Intelligence Committee meeting Tuesday. The government has been trying to reframe the conversation around the programs after their existence was made public by Edward Snowden.
The NSA has been publicly accused of tracking data on Americans. The agency requested -- and was granted -- a court order requiring a unit of Verizon to turn over all of its records on a daily basis. Plus, the NSA and the FBI are accused of operating a top-secret program to track user data from the servers of nine leading Internet companies.
In Anonymous's move away from denial of service attacks and toward real-world interaction -- like recent threats against the Los Zetas Cartel -- the hacktivists have attracted the attention of the National Security Agency. In private meetings at the White House, NSA director General Keith Alexander warned that in a year or two, the group could attack the American energy grid and shut off power for millions.
According to data seized by Navy SEALs, the Al Qaida leader was in the initial phase of planning a terror attack on the U.S. to coincide with the 10th anniversary of 9/11. It is unclear what targets Bin Laden was aiming to attack.
As Yemen continues to experience a leadership vacuum and violent unrest, the United States will launch covert drone strikes in the country to target al-Qaida militants. Siobhan Gorman, Wall Street Journal intelligence correspondent reports.
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