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Federal judge rules NSA phone surveillance legal

In a surprise ruling, a New York judge has ruled that the NSA’s surveillance program is legal, because it proves Al-Qaeda a ‘counterpunch’.  The name Al-Qaeda was a name created by the CIA that means ‘database’ – in this case, database of radicals.  Is much of the conspiracy theory purported by the US government (The […]

N.S.A. May Have Hit Internet Companies at a Weak Spot

The NSA has been found to tap into Level3’s backbone internet cables, through a variety of means.  According to Level3 financials, it seems they have an open agreement with the US departments of defense, justice, and homeland security.  More disturbing is the fact that if tech companies don’t cooperate, they’ll just get the data downstream […]

FBI warns of U.S. government breaches by Anonymous hackers

While the NSA, CIA, and other agencies are spying on the populous, it appears that at least in some instances, the populous is spying on them as well.  But of course the populous will be held legally liable.  Activist hackers have been accessing US government computers in multiple agencies (we can assume CIA, NSA, at […]

C.I.A. Collects Global Data on Transfers of Money

It appears the NSA is not the only agency with data collection programs that are not widely known.  Several officials (both current and former) confirmed the programs’ existence anonymously as the program is classified.  From the New York Times: The Central Intelligence Agency is secretly collecting bulk records of international money transfers handled by companies […]

NSA hacks into Google and Yahoo datacenters

Reports are surfacing that the NSA has secretly tapped into two of the largest internet service providers in the US; Google and Yahoo. WASHINGTON (AP) — The Washington Post is reporting that the National Security Agency has secretly broken into the main communications links that connect Yahoo and Google data centers around the world. The […]

US officials help NSA spy on 35 world leaders

More leaked documents show that the NSA spied on over 35 world leaders with the help of US officials. • Agency given more than 200 numbers by government official • NSA encourages departments to share their ‘Rolodexes’ • Surveillance produced ‘little intelligence’, memo acknowledges The National Security Agency monitored the phone conversations of 35 world […]

NSA spied on French Diplomats

French news organization Le Monde obtained internal memos from the US National Security Agency (NSA) detailing a program known as “Genie” costing the US Taxpayer $652 Million US Dollars. A document dated August 2010 suggests intelligence stolen from foreign embassy computers ensured the US knew ahead of time the positions of other Security Council members, […]

Skype under investigation in Luxembourg over link to NSA

Skype is being investigated by Luxembourg‘s data protection commissioner over concerns about its secret involvement with the US National Security Agency (NSA) spy programme Prism, the Guardian has learned. The Microsoft-owned internet chat company could potentially face criminal and administrative sanctions, including a ban on passing users’ communications covertly to the US signals intelliigence agency. […]

Brazil announces secure email to counter US spying

Created 14/10/2013 – 00:52 Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff announced Sunday that her government was creating a secure email system to try and shield official communications from spying by the United States and other countries. “We need more security on our messages to prevent possible espionage,” Rousseff said on Twitter, ordering the Federal Data Processing Service, […]

US sacks nuclear missiles General Michael Carey

The general in charge of the US Air Force’s long-range nuclear missiles has been sacked due to “loss of trust and confidence”, officials have said. The Air Force said Maj Gen Michael Carey’s removal was for “behaviour during a temporary duty assignment”. The sacking was not linked to the operation of the nuclear arsenal, which […]

RSA warns over NSA link to encryption algorithm

 RSA believes one of its algorithms may be compromised RSA, the internet security firm, has warned customers not to use one of its own encryption algorithms after fears it can be unlocked by the US National Security Agency (NSA). In an advisory note to its developer customers, RSA said that a default algorithm in one […]

Which Apple Components Were Developed By The US Government

While the investing community this morning is focused squarely on the very disappointing iPhone 5 relaunch and the lack of a cemented China Mobile deal, which has resulted in a $20 billion loss in market cap in early trading for thesecond most widely held hedge fund stock, a thing that we find more curious in the […]

NSA’s Greatest Weapon In Surveillance? Outright Ignorance In Tech Consumers

Submitted by Reggie Middleton on 09/09/2013 13:35 -0400 Should MSFT split up After reading an interesting article in the New Scientist, How NSA weakens encryption to access internet traffic, I was brought to mind a piece that I wrote to address the single most powerful tool in the NSA’s arsenal – the blatant ignorance of the common tech enduser. I […]

NSA’s (and GCHQ) Decryption Capabilities: Truth and Lies

Edward Snowden has revealed new information concerning the cryptographic capabilities of the NSA and GCHQ (TheGuardian, ProRepublica, leaking documents…). The CryptoGirl was bound to look into that topic 😉 Let’s go straight to the point and answer simple questions. Is cryptography unsecure? No, I don’t think so. Basically, cryptography is maths (prime numbers, finite fields, polynomials…), and […]

NSA Revelations Cast Doubt on the Entire Tech Industry

Six years ago, two Microsoft cryptography researchers discovered some weirdness in an obscure cryptography standard authored by the National Security Agency. There was a bug in a government-standard random number generator that could be used to encrypt data. The researchers, Dan Shumow and Niels Ferguson, found that the number generator appeared to have been built with […]

NSA Has Full “Back Door” Access To iPhone, BlackBerry And Android Smartphones, Documents Reveal

Two months ago, when we reported that the NSA has successfully inserted illegal access protocols into the Android OS, thus granting it back door access into nearly three quarters of all cell phones, the news was met with skepticism and resistance: how could an open-sourced architecture be so frail and open to penetration was the most common […]

UK censorwall bans VPNs

UK mobile providers, including O2 and its reseller GiffGaff, areblocking commercial VPN providers that help to secure sensitive communications from criminals, hackers and government spies. In particular, O2/GiffGaff block IPREDator, my favorite VPN service. The carriers claim that because these services could be use to bypass their Internet censorship tools — switched on by default, a regime […]

Boing Boing’s Guide to Defeating Censorware

(see story here) “The Internet interprets censorship as damage and routes around it.” — John Gilmore If your employer or corrupt, undemocratic, dictator-based government uses a filtering service such as Secure Computing’s SmartFilter to block access to BoingBoing.net — or anything else online — you can try the following workarounds: Distributed BoingBoing mirrors everything on BoingBoing.net at random […]

US and UK ‘crack online encryption’

US and UK intelligence have reportedly cracked the encryption codes protecting the emails, banking and medical records of hundreds of millions of people. Disclosures by leaker Edward Snowden allege the US National Security Agency (NSA) and the UK’s GCHQ successfully decoded key online security protocols. They suggest some internet companies provided the agencies backdoor access […]