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Why the Security of USB Is Fundamentally Broken

Computer users pass around USB sticks like silicon business cards. Although we know they often carry malware infections, we depend on antivirus scans …

It's 2014 And Our Passwords Aren't Getting Better

"123456" overtook "password" this year in the internet's most depressing race. The worst passwords of 2013 prove we still need a lot of help.<p>2013 was a wildly visible year for cyber security and online privacy. There were, of course, the monumental NSA and Snowden revelations, but 2013 was also a …

NSA-GCHQ Snowden leaks: A glossary of the key terms

Technology reporter<p>When the Guardian and Washington Post newspapers published the first of Edward Snowden's NSA-GCHQ leaks in June, it unleashed a stream of abbreviations, acronyms and jargon describing the cyberspies' activities.<p>Below are some of the key terms referred to in the classified …

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NSA Has 50,000 ‘Digital Sleeper Agents’ Via Computer Malware, Says Latest Snowden Leak

Sleeper agents are among the most sinister spy assets: they lie in wait, wolves in sheep’s clothing, and then deliver a critical blow when activated. The NSA has 50,000 of those waiting for the literal push of a button, according to the latest batch of leaked Snowden documents, as seen by Dutch …

NSA Infiltrates Google And Yahoo Networks, Report Says

The National Security Agency has secretly taped the networks of Google and Yahoo to monitor real-time communication, according to newly revealed documents from whistleblower, Edward Snowden [PDF].<p>“The National Security Agency has secretly broken into the main communications links that connect Yahoo …

NSA said to collect millions of e-mail address books, chat lists

The National Security Agency is collecting hundreds of millions of contact lists from e-mail and instant message accounts from around the world, according to a Washington Post report.<p>The collection, which was revealed in documents supplied by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, occurs when Internet …

NSA paid millions to cover Prism compliance costs for tech companies

The National Security Agency paid millions of dollars to cover the costs of major internet companies involved in the Prism surveillance program after a court ruled that some of the agency's activities were unconstitutional, according to top-secret material passed to the Guardian.<p>The technology …

NSA’s Targeting Prowess Doesn’t Extend To Ads

If the NSA only invited TechCrunch to its birthday party, it’d have to eat its cake alone. While we aren’t big fans of the NSA, it appears to fancy our readers, as it consistently advertises on our site.<p>This makes me slightly uncomfortable, as I have spent a good portion of my time these past few …

How the NSA builds social graphs of Americans with phone, email, and location records

The US National Security Agency (NSA) analyzes data from <b>phone calls, emails, location services, internet profiles, bank records, flight manifests, and more</b> to construct detailed social graphs of people, including Americans, according to a new report from the New York Times.<p>It’s helpful to start …

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50 Best Free iPhone Apps of 2015

Plenty of iPhone apps are worth paying for, but there are plenty of great free ones, too. Here are 50 of the best.<p>PCMag reviews products …

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