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The ongoing saga around the NSA's bulk data collection program is getting even more confusing. A U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court ruled yesterday that the program can temporarily resume, refuting a Second Circuit court decision from May deeming it illegal, reports the New York Times. "...

June 30th 2015 at 5:16pm 0 Comments
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The US' National Institute of Standards and Technology is more than a little worried that its encryption guideilnes have been creating back doors for spies, and it's changing its tune in order to plug those security holes. The agency is no longer recommending an NSA-backed number randomization t...

June 27th 2015 at 11:15pm 0 Comments
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Those worries that governments are trying to undermine security software? They're well-founded. The Intercept has learned that both the US' National Security Agency and the UK's Government Communications Headquarters have been reverse engineering security software, such as antivirus tools and encr...

June 22nd 2015 at 9:41am 0 Comments
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We might never know if the NSA truly spied on German chancellor Angela Merkel. And if the agency did, the details might never come to light, because her government has decided to stop investigating whether Merkel was actually a target. The country's chief federal prosecutor Harald Range has announ...

June 13th 2015 at 8:05am 0 Comments
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It's been about two years since we first discussed the NSA plan for "bulk metadata" monitoring of phone calls. At the heart of that information and so many revelations since, is Edward Snowden, the man who leaked documents to Glenn Greenwald and Laura Poitras about exactly what was being done in t...

June 4th 2015 at 10:48pm 0 Comments
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The Obama administration expanded the NSA's ability to collect Americans' internet data in 2012, with absolutely no notice to the public, The New York Times reports. The Justice Department issued two memos, in secret, to the NSA allowing the agency to gather and search Americans' international int...

June 4th 2015 at 1:00pm 0 Comments
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A federal agency eavesdropping is nothing new -- even if sometimes they do it with controversy. But, aside from the NSA, there's one in particular that has been quite active in the past few years: the Drug Enforcement Administration. According to records obtained by USA Today, thanks to the Freedo...

June 3rd 2015 at 10:14pm 0 Comments
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The Senate has voted overwhelmingly to reform the powers of America's security services, at the expense of renewing existing provisions of the Patriot Act. In a contentious debate leading up to midnight, the house belatedly opted to support the USA Freedom Act, which will eventually end the bulk...

June 1st 2015 at 7:35am 0 Comments
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For the National Security Agency, the fingerprint reader on your smartphone just isn't secure enough. Lockheed Martin has confirmed to Nextgov that the intelligence outfit is testing Mandrake, an identification system that verifies who you are based on the way you swipe your finger across the scr...

May 26th 2015 at 10:12am 0 Comments
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The USA Freedom Act aimed at addressing the NSA's bulk collecting of phone call metadata was approved by the House of Representatives ten days ago, but blocked by the Senate tonight (live video stream here). The Section 215 provisions of the Patriot Act used to enact the program are set to expire...

May 23rd 2015 at 12:49am 0 Comments
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It shouldn't come as a surprise to hear that the NSA worked on iOS and Android malware meant to capture information from a target's phone, but actually getting the software onto phones? That's tricky. To help solve that problem, the NSA (and the rest of the Five Eyes intelligence community) attemp...

May 21st 2015 at 11:02am 0 Comments
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The Republican-controlled House of Representatives passed the USA Freedom Act on Wednesday in a sweeping 338-88 vote, moving forward legislation that would curtail the NSA's bulk collection of data. The bill now moves to the Senate, which must approve it or find a compromise by June 1 -- this is w...

May 13th 2015 at 6:21pm 0 Comments