NSA Malware Denial

NSA denies report that it has infected millions of computers with malware

By on March 14, 2014 at 4:00 PM.

NSA denies report that it has infected millions of computers with malware

News broke earlier this week alleging that the National Security Agency “has infected millions of computers around the world with malware.” The report cited newly available documents leaked by Edward Snowden that had previously been classified, and it also claimed the NSA “is impersonating US social media or other websites” to spy on people. The NSA has since issued a statement refuting the report, however, claiming that the allegations within are unfounded and untrue. More →

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NSA Hacking Expansion Snowden

NSA’s plan to inject malware into ‘millions’ of computers revealed

By on March 12, 2014 at 8:30 PM.

NSA’s plan to inject malware into ‘millions’ of computers revealed

Even if you make use of Snowden’s tips for remaining anonymous online, there might not be much you can do to escape the NSA’s latest expansion. Ryan Gallagher and Glenn Greenwald of The Intercept report that classified files reveal “new details about groundbreaking surveillance technology the agency has developed to infect potentially millions of computers worldwide with malware ‘implants.'” More →

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How To Stay Anonymous Online

3 tips for keeping everything you do online a secret

By on March 11, 2014 at 11:35 AM.

3 tips for keeping everything you do online a secret

For the past several months, infamous NSA leaker Edward Snowden has confounded the United States government’s attempts to track him online and stop him from releasing further damaging damaging information about its intelligence gathering activities. How has he been able to do this ? The Wall Street Journal reports that Snowden this week gave three simple tips to help make sure that no one can track your online activity: Encrypt your entire hard drive, use Tor to keep yourself completely anonymous online, and enable browser extensions that block third parties’ ability to track you. More →

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Assange Wikileaks SXSW Interview

Wikileaks founder Assange vows more damaging leaks on the way

By on March 10, 2014 at 8:45 PM.

Wikileaks founder Assange vows more damaging leaks on the way

Julian Assange, founder of Wikileaks, criticized the NSA and hinted at future leaks in a Skype interview at the SXSW conference in Austin, Texas. Assange, who is holed up in the Ecuadorean embassy in London, did not give any details about what would be included in future leaks. He also blasted the Obama administration for its weak response to the NSA leaks by Edward Snowden. More →

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NSA Spying Yahoo Webcam Pictures

NSA helped UK spy agency collect millions of pics from Yahoo web chats

By on February 27, 2014 at 1:46 PM.

NSA helped UK spy agency collect millions of pics from Yahoo web chats

We’ve read a lot of shocking things about the National Security Agency’s spying practices but this new revelation might be the most shocking one yet. The Guardian reports that the NSA has helped British spy agency GCHQ capture and store millions of images from Yahoo users’ webcam chats with one another, even though most of the users in question weren’t targets of intelligence surveillance programs. Yahoo has, of course, denied any prior knowledge of this program’s existence and has condemned it as “a whole new level of violation of our users’ privacy.” More →

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NSA, GCHQ WikiLeaks Spying

Report claims NSA spied on WikiLeaks and all of its readers

By on February 18, 2014 at 11:15 PM.

Report claims NSA spied on WikiLeaks and all of its readers

New documents leaked by former NSA employee turned whistleblower Edward Snowden reveal that the NSA and GCHQ consistently spied on WikiLeaks in the past years, recording information regarding the people who accessed the site in the process, regardless of their citizenship. The Intercept has seen documents that reveal the extent of WikiLLeaks-related spying that targeted “the human network that supports WikiLeaks” including readers. More →

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NSA telephone metadata recommendations

Outgoing NSA director: ‘It’s not our mission’ to spy on everyone in the world

By on February 17, 2014 at 11:30 AM.

Outgoing NSA director: ‘It’s not our mission’ to spy on everyone in the world

The National Security Agency (NSA) will send its recommendations for where to store telephone metadata records to President Obama later this week, the outgoing NSA director said Friday in a speech defending his agency’s surveillance tactics. General Keith Alexander, who is retiring as NSA director next month, did not say where he thinks the data should be held. President Obama recommended on January 17th that the government stop holding Americans’ phone call records, but pushing the data out to either telephone companies or to a third party are both seen as having significant drawbacks. More →

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Snowden NSA Leaks

How did Snowden swipe all those NSA documents? The answer is far less thrilling than you think

By on February 14, 2014 at 12:30 AM.

How did Snowden swipe all those NSA documents? The answer is far less thrilling than you think

To some, he’s a hero. To others, a treasonous saboteur. But of one thing, there is no doubt: former NSA contractor Edward Snowden changed the course of history by leaking a mountain of confidential documents detailing various NSA programs used to covertly monitor communications around the world. Whether or not you agree with what Snowden did, there has always been a bit of curiosity surrounding exactly how the huge NSA breach went down. As it turns out, reality is far less thrilling than you might imagine. More →

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NSA Snowden Leaks

Former NSA chief explains how Snowden gained high-level access

By on February 5, 2014 at 7:15 PM.

Former NSA chief explains how Snowden gained high-level access

In an interview on Tuesday with the Wall Street Journal, former NSA chief and Booz Allen Vice Chairman Mike McConnell explained how Edward Snowden gained access to all of the files that he’s been leaking. If McConnell is to be believed, Snowden was hired in the first place after using a trick he probably learned in high school: He “stole” an NSA admittance test with the answers, and used it to ace the test. More →

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NSA Proof Email Safe-mail

Want to email people without the FBI reading it? Try Safe-mail

By on February 3, 2014 at 6:16 PM.

Want to email people without the FBI reading it? Try Safe-mail

Last week, we learned that the FBI has a copy of the entire TorMail database. Naturally, people who used the secure e-mail service began looking for alternatives. Dread Pirate Roberts, the Silk Road drug forum operator, said, “I know that MANY people, vendors included, used TorMail. You must think back through your TorMail usage and assume everything you wrote there and didn’t encrypt can be read by law enforcement at this point and take action accordingly.” More →

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Canada Spying Snowden Leaks

Canada may be better at spying than you think

By on January 31, 2014 at 7:45 PM.

Canada may be better at spying than you think

Former NSA contractor Edward Snowden released more documents that reveal remote spying operations that include bulk data collection and user tracking, this time concerning the Canadian public, CBC News reports. According to a presentation dating back to May 2012, the Communications Security Establishment Canada (CSEC) has used an airport’s free Wi-Fi system over a period of two weeks to collect information from travellers that had cellphones or laptops with them – including Canadians, according to unnamed experts – and then used the data to further track the same users at other airports in the country and even at U.S. airports for more than a week, as their devices appeared on other Wi-Fi networks. More →

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Microsoft Google NSA Lawsuit Deal

Government reaches deal with Microsoft, Google on data requests

By on January 27, 2014 at 5:00 PM.

Government reaches deal with Microsoft, Google on data requests

Microsoft and Google, joined by Facebook, Apple and other tech firms, have been fighting for months to ensure that the public is given a more comprehensive look into the private data that the government collects from them, and it looks like they’ve finally made some real headway. Bloomberg reports that the Justice Department has reached an agreement with the tech firms which will finally allow them to share the number of government data requests they receive with their users. More →

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Angry Birds NSA Spying WTF

WTF of the week: The NSA might be watching us through Angry Birds

By on January 27, 2014 at 3:51 PM.

WTF of the week: The NSA might be watching us through Angry Birds

Is nothing sacred to the international spy community? According to Pro Publica, leaked British intellgence documents reveal that spy agencies around the world are able to determine “[a] player’s location, age, sex and other personal information” by siphoning data from mobile apps such as Angry Birds. One of the British reports even includes the specific code used to harvest user profiles from Angry Birds. More →

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