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Secret Document: How the NSA Spied on Iranians in New York

The NSA will probably spy on foreign leaders like Iranian President Hassan Rouhani during the UN General Assembly in New York this week, applying a “full court press” that includes intercepting cellphone calls and bugging hotel rooms, former intelligence analysts told NBC News.<p>A top-secret report …

FTC commissioners call for strong encryption, push back against FBI, NSA - ExtremeTech

By on September 4, 2015 at 4:01 pm<p>This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use.<p>In recent months, we’ve seen …

Privacy

Obama's Chief Data Scientist Reveals How the Government Uses Big Data

Dhanurjay “DJ” Patil is the first ever Chief Data Scientist for the United States government, and he says the key to success is getting that data</i> …

Big Data

Edward Snowden: 'Inevitably Someone In A High Risk Situation Like Me Is Going To Get Owned'

"There’s nobody good enough to block every attack."<p>I recently interviewed NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden for the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s Pioneer Awards, an event that recognizes those protecting freedom on the Internet. We chatted by Google Hangout because Snowden remains in Russia, …

Top U.S. spy says skeptical about U.S.-China cyber agreement | Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The top U.S. intelligence official said he was skeptical that a new U.S.-China cyber agreement would slow a growing torrent of cyber attacks on U.S. computer networks, adding that his approach will be to “trust but verify.”<p>Aerial view of the United States military …

The NSA sure breaks a lot of "unbreakable" crypto. This is probably how they do it.

There have long been rumors, leaks, and statements about the NSA "breaking" crypto that is widely believed to be unbreakable, and over the years, …

How to Protect Yourself from the NSA If You Use 1024-bit DH Encryption

In a post on Wednesday, researchers Alex Halderman and Nadia Heninger presented compelling research suggesting that the NSA has developed the …

The Army Has Partially Blocked Access to The Guardian

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>The Army has responded to a series of stories from the <i>Guardian</i> revealing the extent of NSA …

Russia's Putin Signs Bill Banning Swear Words At Cultural Events

Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a bill on Monday that bans swear words in any art, cultural, or entertainment events. CNN reports that the regulations also apply to film, theater, music and books.<p>The ban won't apply to past works but it mandates that warning labels reading "contains obscene …

Iran will provide state-run email addresses to all citizens

Iran is creating the building blocks of a state-controlled internet, and its next major effort appears to be email. Reuters reports that Iran is planning to dole out a government-run email address to each of its citizens and to use the addresses as a way to communicate with them. While that would …

US "Deeply Concerned" by Vietnam Internet Sharing Ban

The US has spoken out against last week’s troubling news that Vietnam has passed a bill to prevent citizens from sharing news and all non-personal information to blogs, Facebook and any other sites on the Internet.<p>The AP reports that the US embassy in Vietnam today released a statement saying that …

Pirate Bay plans new 'anti-censorship' browser

The Pirate Bay's own PirateBrowser web browser has been downloaded more than 2.5m times since its launch in August 2013, but the filesharing site is already working on a successor.<p>PirateBrowser was designed to help people access The Pirate Bay and other torrent services even if they were blocked by …

Internet tool fights censorship by making banned data look 'normal'

It's getting harder to evade censorship in countries like China and Iran, which have increasingly taken to blocking VPNs, the Tor network and any other service that might let you see the unflattering truth. A clever new tool should help you leap over those hurdles, however. Marionette, developed by …

How censors are keeping Chinese citizens in the dark about 'Black Monday'

This week's big stock market fall in China sent shockwaves throughout North American and European markets. It was the worst of its kind since 2007, …

Stock Markets

Russia banned Wikipedia because it couldn’t censor pages

Government agency blocked website over a drug-related entry, but the blackout was short-lived<p>This week, the Russian government briefly blocked access to Wikipedia over a page about charas, a form of cannabis. Roskomnadzor, the country's communications watchdog, ordered Wikipedia to delete the page …

Internet

How Putin Controls the Internet and Popular Opinion in Russia

THE KEY PARAGRAPH in Andrei Soldatov and Irina Borogan’s new book, <i>The Red Web</i>, comes surprisingly late, after the authors have described the long and …

Thailand may copy Chinese censorship efforts with its own Great Firewall

The Great Firewall may soon extend through Thailand.<p>Thailand’s leadership is reportedly working on its own version of the Great Firewall, the …

Internet

Turkey orders temporary media ban after deadly suicide bombing, internet access reportedly limited

In the wake of a horrific suicide bombing in the Turkish capital city of Ankara today, Twitter said that users across the country were struggling to access the social network. Scattered reports suggest that internet access is also limited. A link to the bombing has not been confirmed, but the …

Russia intensifying Syria airstrikes

<b>(CNN) —</b> Russia is intensifying its airstrikes in Syria, which it says have "considerably reduced" the combat potential of militants.<p>The Russian air force began strikes in Syria on Wednesday. In the past 24 hours, it has carried out 20 flights targeting 10 ISIS positions in Idlib province, the …

Refugees tell of ISIL brutality which forced them to leave Syria

Thousands of migrants continue to cross from Serbia into Croatia. Most of them are Syrian and Iraqi escaping conflict back home.<p>Many have fled because of the gains made by the Islamist extremists known as ISIL, which controls vast swathes of territory in both countries.<p>“You know, ISIL take …

Carter: US not cooperating with Russia against Islamic State

ROME (AP) — U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter, in his strongest message to date, said Wednesday the U.S.-led coalition will not agree to cooperate …

'More than 90%' of Russian airstrikes in Syria have not targeted Isis, US says

Russia has been aiming at moderate Syrian opposition who are anti-Assad, said State Department in first statement on specific figures of recent Russian strikes<p>A large majority of Russia’s military strikes in Syria have not been aimed at the Islamic State group or jihadists tied to al-Qaida, and …

Christians flee ISIS through 'underground railroad'

Desperate Iraqi Christians attempting to flee ISIS are now making their way to California. CNN's Kyung Lah reports.

Underground Railroad

The Latest: Thousands of Kurds protest deadly blasts

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Developments relating to Saturday's deadly bombings targeting a peace rally in the Turkish capital of Ankara. All times …

Turkish explosions may be linked to ISIL and PKK, says Davutoglu

Turkey’s Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has told reporters that an investigation into Saturday’s (October 10) bombings was being intensified.<p>“We are deepening our investigation into these attacks, especially looking into Twitter accounts and some IP addresses. We have reached some results and have …

Turkey says it shot down aircraft near border with Syria

<b>(CNN) —</b> Turkey's air force shot down an unidentified aircraft that had entered Turkish airspace near the Syrian border, Turkish armed forces said in a statement Friday.<p>The aircraft was shot down after it did not respond to three warnings from the Turkish air force, according to the statement.<p>For …

Iraq's ruling alliance, militias urge PM to seek Russian strikes

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraq’s ruling alliance and powerful Shi’ite militias have urged Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi to request Russian air strikes on Islamic State militants, who control large parts of the country, members of the coalition and militias told Reuters.<p>Iraqi Prime Minister Haider …

Middle East

ISIS Attacks Soared in Past 3 Months, Says IHS Jane's Database

The number of average daily attacks carried out by ISIS worldwide jumped 42 percent over the past three months, according to new data published …

IHS