NSA

Crunch Report | Chelsea Manning to Be Freed in May

Chelsea Manning is going to be freed this May, Zoom video conferencing raises $100 million, Vine is shutting down -- today is the last day to grab your videos, Google Drive has been experiencing inter

The NSA can now share unfiltered surveillance data with other intelligence agencies

Barely a week before he leaves office, U.S. President Barack Obama's administration has authorized controversial new legislation that grants America's 16 intelligence organizations access to raw commu

Report: EU unhappy with US response to Yahoo email scanning scandal

The European Union is not happy with the explanation provided by the US government for why its domestic spy agencies co-opted Yahoo to scan all emails of users of its webmail service during a six mont

The NSA eavesdrops on in-flight mobile use too

If you’ve been taking your sensitive phone calls at 30,000 feet, well, it’s time to stop. Apparently, the NSA knows about your extremely elaborate privacy workaround — putting your iPho

Ex-Watergate investigators urge Obama to show leniency to Edward Snowden

President Obama has been urged to show leniency to NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden by 15 intelligence experts, who were part of a 1970s congressional committee that investigated the CIA during the Wa

Trump surveillance fears could lift privacy tech in Europe

The full ramifications of Donald Trump being the next president of the United States of America will not be known for months -- perhaps years. Given he's a man of many conflicting words it's near impo

Yahoo asks government to explain email scanning order

Yahoo secretly scanned its users emails at the behest of a U.S. government agency — and now it wants the government to explain why. In a letter to James Clapper, the Director of National Intelligenc

Yahoo says report on email scanning for intel agencies is “misleading”

Yahoo issued a statement this morning on Tuesday’s report that the company built a custom software tool to allow U.S. intelligence agencies to scan incoming email for all Yahoo users for certain

Report: Yahoo scanned users’ email for U.S. intelligence agencies

Yahoo’s trust with users is damaged today by a Reuters report that claims the company developed a custom program to search all users’ incoming email for specific queries given by U.S. inte

Weekly Roundup: Uber’s venture into self-driving cars, Gawker acquired and NSA targeted by hackers

This week, Uber revealed imminent plans to get passengers into self-driving cars, Gawker died, Snapchat made a big acquisition and an early stage SF venture firm may be imploding. Get the Weekly Round

The NSA got hacked? A quick explainer

Hackers allegedly stole cyberweapons from a group affiliated with the NSA. Here’s a step-by-step guide to what that means for the world.

The first official Snowden trailer is a bit over the top, also has a bit of Nic Cage

Norwegian PEN chapter sues its country to ensure Snowden can receive Ossietzky Prize in person

The Norwegian chapter of writers' rights organization PEN International is suing its own government in an attempt to make it safe for Edward Snowden to accept the prestigious Ossietzky Prize in person

The two misconceptions dominating the encryption debate

When vulnerability is injected into technology used worldwide, it becomes everyone’s liability.

Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales blasts “deranged” companies editing their own pages

In a chat with Guy Kawasaki at South by Southwest, Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales spoke out about self-interested parties editing their own pages on the Internet’s collaborative encyclopedia. “C

Former NSA and CIA Director General Michael Hayden to appear at Disrupt NY 2016

If you’re looking for a supremely qualified intelligence figure to talk to about the current state of technology, policy and intelligence, you could do worse than retired four-star Air Force Ge

The Repeat Political Madness Of Never-Ending Crypto Wars

What is it with politicians and encryption? There are now two bills in different U.S. states, one in California and one in New York, proposing that smartphones sold in the state must be able to be dec

The Hacking Quandary

This summer, two different events affected two different worlds. First, Milan-based Hacking Team -- a small group of programmers who customize malware to gather intelligence -- was itself hacked, and

Extent Of U.K.’s Surveillance Dragnet Probed In Fresh Legal Challenge

A new legal challenge to U.K. intelligence agency surveillance practices has been filed in the U.K. by human rights organization Human Rights Watch and three unnamed individuals working in security re

Judge’s Order To Shut Down NSA Phone Surveillance Reversed By Federal Appeals Court

A federal appeals court has just ruled against a 2013 decision ordering the NSA to stop its bulk metadata collection program. The three-judge panel issued its ruling Friday, contending that conse
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