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Google’s secret NSA alliance: The terrifying deals between Silicon Valley and the security state

<b>Cover detail of "@War" by Shane Harris</b><p>Inside the high-level, complicated deals — and the rise of a virtually unchecked surveillance power<p>Shane Harris<p>November 16, 2014 11:58am (UTC)<p>Excerpted from “@WAR: The Rise of the Military-Internet Complex”<p>In mid-December 2009, engineers at Google’s …

Russia's New Ability To Evade NSA Surveillance Is Either A Crazy Coincidence Or Something Much Worse

The revelation reportedly has the White House "very nervous," especially because it's unclear how the Kremlin hid its plans from the National Security Agency's snooping on digital and electronic communications.<p>One interesting parallel is the presence of Edward Snowden in Russia, where he has been …

Latest Snowden Revelations: NSA Hacks Huawei

The National Security Administration hacked Chinese networking giant Huawei and apparently gained access to the company’s source code, according to documents seen by <i>The New York Times</i> and the German publication <i>Spiegel Online.</i><p>These latest leaked documents indicate that the NSA began an operation …

At TED, Google's Larry Page Says NSA Spying Threatens Democracy

Google chairman Eric Schmidt may be “pretty sure” that Google is keeping its users’ data safe from government snooping, but for CEO Larry Page, that’s small consolation.<p>In an on-stage Q&A at the TED conference in Vancouver, Page said he considers the NSA’s far-reaching data collection regime a …

NSA: Tech Companies Knew We Collected User Data

Google, Microsoft, Yahoo and other tech giants knew of the existence of the Internet surveillance program PRISM, they just didn't know it was called …

US intelligence oversight group from 1975 says things are way worse now

Church Committee members and staff say modern NSA snooping "dwarfs" what they examined.<p>Nearly 40 years ago, in the wake of abuse perpetrated by …

New Snowden Documents Show that Governments Are “Attempting To Control, Infiltrate, Manipulate, and Warp Online Discourse” | Washington's Blog

Spy Agencies Manipulate and Disrupt Web Discussions to Promote Propaganda and Discredit Government Critics<p>The alternative media has documented for 5 …

A Brief Rundown Of The Spying Questions Intel’s CEO Won’t Answer

By Joshua Rivera4 minute Read<p>In a Reddit Ask Me Anything last Wednesday, Intel CEO Brian Krzanich opened the floor for questions, but notably ignored …

Watch Stephen Colbert lambast the NSA and Snowden at security conference

Stephen Colbert delivered his somewhat controversial keynote speech at the annual RSA security conference Friday, and took the opportunity to lambast the NSA, Edward Snowden, and Mt. Gox, and launch his own "Cloud Fog" security service. "We can trust the NSA," explains Colbert, "because without a …

NSA surveillance hurting tech firms' business

Push for "NSA-resistant" products underscores skirmish between tech companies, government<p>SAN FRANCISCO — It used to be that tech titans such as Cisco Systems and IBM could bank on fertile markets in Asia and Europe in their quest for worldwide financial domination. Not so much anymore.<p>The National …

Justice Department asks to keep phone records longer as evidence in anti-NSA lawsuits

The Obama administration is asking permission to hold onto the NSA's database of phone records for longer than five years because of lawsuits from the EFF, ACLU, and others, <i>The Wall Street Journal</i> reports. In a request to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, the Department of Justice asked …

Author Of Snowden Book: 'Secret Reader' Deleted Paragraphs

In the British newspaper <i>The Guardian</i>, today, there is a curiosity we can't help but note.<p>Correspondent Luke Harding makes an allegation that belongs in a spy novel. Harding writes that as he wrote <i>The Snowden Files: The Inside Story of the World's Most Wanted Man</i> strange things happened.<p>We'll let …

Associated Press News

U.S. Spied on More Than 300,000 AT&T Customers in 2013

AT&T re­ceived 301,816 de­mands for cus­tom­er data from loc­al, state, and fed­er­al law-en­force­ment of­fi­cials in 2013, the com­pany an­nounced …

Spy Chief: We Should’ve Told You We Track Your Calls

The government still considers its call data to be a state secret, but the Director of National Intelligence says Washington should have acknowledged …

US law firm was 'caught in NSA surveillance net' in Indonesia – report

An unnamed US law firm was caught up in surveillance involving the National Security Agency and its Australian counterpart, according to a report released on Saturday.<p>The New York Times reported that a top-secret document obtained by the former NSA contractor Edward Snowden showed the firm was …

NSA employee resigns after admitting he aided Snowden

<b>(Reuters/Jason Reed)</b><p>New documents reveal an unnamed civilian shared his access to classified information on NSANet<p>Dell Cameron<p>February 9, 2014 7:00am (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on The Daily Dot.<p>A civilian employee of the National Security Agency (NSA) has resigned his position after …

Making NSA-style spying harder, CloudFlare offers more robust Web crypto

Full (strict) Transport Layer Security is now ready for prime time.<p>In a move designed to thwart wholesale eavesdropping by state-sponsored spies and …

Exclusive: Snowden Docs Show British Spies Used Sex and ‘Dirty Tricks’

British spies have developed “dirty tricks” for use against nations, hackers, terror groups, suspected criminals and arms dealers that include releasing computer viruses, spying on journalists and diplomats, jamming phones and computers, and using sex to lure targets into “honey traps.”<p>Documents …

Tech firms reveal secret government data requests

Major technology firms released new data Monday on how often they are ordered to turn over customer information for secret national security investigations — figures that show that the government collected data on tens of thousands of Americans.<p>The information disclosed by Google, Microsoft, Yahoo, …

Farewell, David Bowie

To celebrate the life of David Bowie, who left this earth on January 10, here are stories behind a few of his songs that he shared with us during an …

How the NSA, GCHQ and crooks can hack mobile apps

On Monday, the latest Edward Snowden leaks revealed GCHQ and the National Security Agency were targeting specific mobile applications in their …

How Edward Snowden went from loyal NSA contractor to whistleblower

In late December 2001, someone calling themselves TheTrueHOOHA had a question. He was an 18-year-old American male with impressive IT skills and a sharp intelligence. His real identity was unknown. Everyone who posted on Ars Technica, a popular technology website, did so anonymously.<p>TheTrueHOOHA …

Lawyers for Lavabit founder: judges may dismiss civil liberties concerns

• Ladar Levison challenges contempt of court order • Secure email service was used by NSA leaker Snowden<p>Civil rights lawyers expressed concern this week that judges reviewing the contempt of court case brought against Lavabit, an email service that was used by the National Security Agency leaker …

Canadian spy agency used airport WiFi to track travelers

Questionable data collection isn't just for the US and Britain -- according to <i>CBC News,</i> Canada's own spy agency may have been tracking its citizens illegally too. Documents allegedly provided by Edward Snowden show that Communications Security Establishment Canada (CSEC) collected metadata from …

Hagel says Navy admiral is Obama's choice to take reins of NSA

A Navy admiral is President Obama's choice to be the next head of the National Security Agency, which is embroiled in controversy over its secret surveillance programs and massive collection of phone and Internet data.<p>Vice Adm. Mike Rogers, the head of the Navy's Cyber Command and a former …