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US intelligence agencies will finally reveal how many people each year they target

Director of National Intelligence James Clapper has announced that the US intelligence community will start revealing how many people are targeted each year by surveillance, a long-sought victory for transparency advocates. In a Tumblr post, Clapper says that the NSA and other agencies will begin …

White House talks privacy, surveillance with tech CEOs, Vint Cerf, and others

No one's talking for now, though—"This was off the record," Cerf tells Ars.<p>The White House hosted a closed-door meeting with a number of tech …

New leak: NSA can search US e-mail data but theoretically won’t

New Snowden leak says NSA needs to wait for an "effective oversight process."<p>On Friday, <i>The Guardian</i> published the latest iteration of leaks from …

Don’t worry, NSA says—we only “touch” 1.6% of daily global Internet traffic

New seven-page document from Ft. Meade defends agency's activities and policies.<p>On the same day that President Barack Obama spoke to the press about …

Crypto experts blast German e-mail providers’ “secure data storage” claim

GPG developer calls move a "great marketing stunt at exactly the right time."<p>In the wake of the shutdown of two secure e-mail providers in the United …

PRISM Projected To Cost U.S. Cloud Computing Industry $35B

U.S.-based cloud computing providers are projected to lose up to 20% of foreign market revenues or $35B over the next three years as a result of disclosures involving PRISM.<p>The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF), a Washington, D.C.-based think tank published How Much Will PRISM …

Deutsche Telekom reacts to NSA spying with initiative to protect German emails

The best way to keep your emails out of the NSA's sights may be to have them never cross over US soil. For many residents of Germany, that'll now be easy to ensure. One of Germany's leading communication companies, Deutsche Telekom, announced a new initiative on Friday to keep domestic emails safe …

To Avoid Being Ordered To Snoop On Users, Email Providers Shut Down

In the weeks since Edward Snowden leaked data on the NSA’s widespread phone and Internet surveillance systems, it became known that the secure email service Snowden relied on was the small privacy-centric provider Lavabit. Now, Lavabit’s founder Ladar Levison has decided to shutter the service, …

Obama meets with tech execs on surveillance, privacy

WASHINGTON — President Obama hosted top executives from Apple, AT&T, Google and other tech and civil liberties groups at the White House on Thursday to discuss government surveillance, a White House official confirmed.<p>The meeting, which was first reported by Politico, was not on the president's …

NSA loophole allows warrantless search for US citizens' emails and phone calls

The National Security Agency has a secret backdoor into its vast databases under a legal authority enabling it to search for US citizens' email and phone calls without a warrant, according to a top-secret document passed to the Guardian by Edward Snowden.<p>The previously undisclosed rule change …

Obama: I don't see Snowden as a patriot

WASHINGTON -- President Obama said Friday that former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden is not a patriot for leaking details of previously secret U.S. surveillance programs.<p>"No I don't think Mr. Snowden was a patriot," said Obama, who added that Snowden has been charged with three …

NSA releases outline of security programs, says it 'only' touches 1.6 percent of internet traffic

Even as President Obama proposes a review of NSA procedures and oversight, the organization published a seven page document laying out in broad terms what it does, how it does it and why it thinks that's OK. As <i>Ars Technica</i> points out, the memo claims "We do not need to sacrifice civil liberties for …

Seven Great, Underrated Desktop Wallpaper Sites

When it comes to decorating your desktop with new wallpaper, you probably have some favorite sources already, and we hopefully our Wallpaper …

Snapdragon 800 y 4GB a mitad de precio del S4 para finales de año

Portable Linux applicazione per creare pendrive di Linux anche in modalità persistente

<i>Vi segnaliamo Portable Linux semplice ma molto utile applicazione per creare una pendrive usb con la nostra distribuzione Linux preferita con tanto</i> …

privacy, oversharing and government surveillance

The European Parliament is currently involved in a wrangle over the new General Data Protection Regulation. At stake are the future rules for online …

Soon, your phone may be able to help feds monitor nuclear weapons

To help reinforce treaties, the US wants to give power to the people (and their tech).<p>The world of the US versus the Soviets is long gone, but there …

Attackers wield Firefox exploit to uncloak anonymous Tor users

Publicly available exploit threatens all Tor users unless they take action now.<p>Attackers exploited a recently patched vulnerability in the Firefox …

Update: Researchers say Tor-targeted malware phoned home to NSA

JavaScript attack had a hard-coded IP address that traced back to NSA address block.<p><b>Update April 7, 2013: The researchers at Baneki and Cryptocloud</b> …

US drug agency gets intel from NSA, then lies about its origins to build cases

Meet the Drug Enforcement Administration's “Special Operations Division."<p>On Monday, Reuters reported on previously undisclosed documents showing that …

FISA court judge: No company has ever challenged Patriot Act sharing

Also: Court staff helps gov't lawyers make their applications more palatable.<p>According to one of the 11 judges that sits on the Foreign Intelligence …

Pwned again: An exclusive look at Pwnie Express’ newest hack-in-a-box

The Pwn Plug R2 is a miniature NSA, ready to exploit networks for their own good.<p>Tomorrow at the Black Hat security conference in Las Vegas, the …

What the Ashcroft “Hospital Showdown” on NSA spying was all about

How the government sought to justify blanket collection of Internet metadata.<p>We’ve known for years that the STELLAR WIND surveillance program—a …

Judge denies government’s bid to delay lawsuit to halt NSA metadata collection

Government's lawyers say NSA can't "indiscriminately sift through the data."<p>A federal judge has denied the government’s request to delay what could …

PRISM revelations result in lost business for US cloud companies

Survey finds 10 percent of overseas companies cancelled contracts over PRISM.<p>The revelations about the National Security Agency’s (NSA) broad …

FTC wants to let Internet users see the data that the NSA can get

It's only fair for us to know what they know.<p>In light of the quiet data transfers happening between technology companies and the government, the …

Microsoft, like Google, asks secret court if it can publish data sharing total

Redmond wants to tell the public how many times the Feds demanded data under FISA.<p>In a new legal filing made public on Wednesday, Microsoft submitted …

New leak shows feds can access user accounts for Google, Facebook and more

Secret slides reveal massive government spying, tech companies dispute reports.<p>It’s worse than we thought.<p>Just one day after disclosing a secret …

Report: UK security agency also gathering secrets through PRISM

The United Kingdom's main security agency, the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), is apparently working with the United States' Prism intelligence program to gather data on various internet companies, <i>The Guardian</i> reports. Documents given to the UK news outlet indicate that GCHQ was able …