Surveillance

Oliver Stone Blasts NBC News Story That Russia Might Return Snowden To The U.S. – WGA Awards

Eight days ago NBC broke the news that U.S. Intelligence had discovered Russian plans to turn over Edward Snowden as a “gift” to President Donald …

National Security Agency (NSA)

How the UK government can hack your personal data

From the moment you set foot on British soil, your personal data could easily be accessed, or even hacked, by the government.<p>New invasive legislation has been dubbed by critics as one of the most extreme surveillance laws ever passed in a democracy.<p>The Snoopers' Charter — aka the Investigatory …

Technology

Flynn leaks ignite surveillance debate

The FBI’s investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn is spurring fresh debate about a controversial law on foreign …

Government

Mike Flynn & FBI Investigation: Bureau Had No Basis for It

There appears to have been no basis for a criminal or intelligence probe.<p>National Security Adviser Michael Flynn was dismissed amid a torrent of …

Big Brother

Electronic media searches at border crossings raise worry

AP Radio AP Radio News:<p>Latest News<p>PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Watchdog groups that keep tabs on digital privacy rights are concerned that U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents are searching the phones and other digital devices of international travelers at border checkpoints in U.S. airports.<p>The …

Big Brother

Mass Surveillance and "Smart Totalitarianism"

Standing outside the Topography of Terror in Berlin, looking at its grey neutral exterior, it is hard to comprehend the magnitude of Nazi horrors …

Big Brother

The Same Republicans Who Pushed For Invasive Surveillance Are Complaining About It Now

The chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, Devin Nunes, is not particularly concerned by the fact that former National Security Adviser …

Liberal POV

German watchdog tells parents to destroy Wi-Fi connected doll over surveillance fears

A German government watchdog has ordered parents to “destroy” an internet-connected doll for fear it could be used as a surveillance device. According to a report from <i>BBC News</i>, the German Federal Network Agency said the doll (which contains a microphone and speaker) was equivalent to a “concealed …

CIA, FBI, NSA, DIA: What's the difference, and what does each do?

It's been almost one month since President Donald Trump took office, and his administration is grappling with a string of leaks that reveal the chaos …

Edward Snowden

Border patrol can search your cell phone whenever they feel like it

Securing our digital lives might require offline solutions<p>Sidd Bikkannavar, it should be noted, is chill.<p>I’m not sure if it’s because he’s from Southern California—Bikkannavar was born in Pasadena—or because his side hobby, racing solar powered vehicles, requires a certain amount of calm. Whatever …

Freedom of Information

Why Congress Can’t Seem to Fix This 30-Year-Old Law Governing Your Electronic Data

New questions about the FBI’s power to access data have shifted the years-long political debate over reform of the Electronic Communications Privacy …

Government

New bill forces police to obtain warrant for 'Stingray' phone surveillance

A new bill introduced in the House this week would place significant limits on cellphone tracking technology widely in use by federal and local …

Big Brother

Did a Drone Carrying NSA Tech Crash in Yemen? - Motherboard

Images taken at a drone crash site near the city of Ma'rib, Yemen, on February 14 appear to show secretive cell-tracking equipment used by the National Security Agency amidst the wreckage.<p>Photographs posted to Twitter by Yemen news outlet AdenNowNews [later deleted, see below for screenshot] and …

National Security Agency (NSA)

Obama officials: There's hope for cybersecurity under Trump

At the Beat the Breach event during the RSA Conference in San Francisco this week, current and former US government officials expressed optimism …

Cybersecurity

A Step Forward in Microsoft’s Legal Battle for Transparency about Government Data Requests

Last week, a federal court in Seattle issued a ruling in Microsoft’s ongoing challenge to the law that lets courts impose indefinite gag orders on …

First Amendment

Draconian secrecy measures are being quietly ushered in. We must fight them

Under new proposals, journalists and whistleblowers could face 14 years in jail for handling government data. It’s part of a trend towards the silencing of dissent<p>Last year, suspicionless surveillance of the lawful activities of ordinary citizens was authorised on a scale unprecedented in any other …

Opinion

Merkel admits was unaware of extent of German-U.S. spy cooperation

Chancellor Angela Merkel admitted on Thursday she did not know how closely Germany's spies cooperated with their U.S. counterparts until 2015, well after an uproar over reports of U.S. bugging of her cellphone.<p>Merkel, who is running for a fourth term in September, told a parliamentary committee …

National Security Agency (NSA)

Privacy Versus Security: How Americans View The Issue Of Encryption [Infographic]

An Apple Inc. iPhone 7. (Credit: SeongJoon Cho/Bloomberg)<p>Remember last year when Apple refused to give the FBI the ability to unlock a cell phone that belonged to Syed Rizwan Farook, accused of the December mass shooting in San Bernardino, California?<p>Apple said that by creating new software to …

Security

Tech groups gear up for FISA surveillance fight

A controversial provision in U.S. law that gives the National Security Agency broad authority to spy on people overseas expires at the end of the year, and six major tech trade groups are gearing up for a fight over an extension.Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act expires on …

National Security Agency (NSA)

Bipartisan bill would force police to get warrants before using Stingray cell tracker

A rare alliance of Democratic and Republican members of the US Congress could lead to increased restrictions on how police officers can deploy …

Big Brother

NSA Split From Cyberwar Command Inevitable, Says Former Official

A former senior official at the National Security Agency says the planned split between the nation’s digital spying outfit and its offensive cyber …

National Security Agency (NSA)

If A Border Agent Asks You To Unlock Your Phone, Do You Have To Comply?

Here & Now's Meghna Chakrabarti talks with a law professor who specializes in computer crime law and digital evidence investigation.

Civil Liberties

Litigating Cybersecurity and Privacy

Attorney Randy Sabett Shares Insights from Breach, Data Privacy Cases Tom Field (SecurityEditor) • February 16, 2017<p>Cybersecurity attorney Randy …

National Security Agency (NSA)

GOP Lawmaker Backs 'Red Line' on Political Hacking

GOP Lawmaker Backs 'Red Line' on Political Hacking<p>Rep. Michael McCaul says Russian attacks on the US election need to be taken very seriously.<p>SAN …

Security

Merkel testifies on NSA spying affair

The Bundestag has heard evidence from the German chancellor about spying on allies by both American and German intelligence services. Despite hours of questioning, no evidence of serious wrongdoing emerged.<p>German Chancellor Angela Merkel appeared as a witness at the final hearing in the three-year …

UK News

DNC Hackers Are Using Apple Mac Spyware Code From FBI Surveillance Vendor, Claims Ex-NSA Researcher

The Apple Mac spyware used by the Russian group alleged to have carried out the DNC breach looks very similar to that created by Hacking Team, a professional government-grade malware manufacturer. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)<p>Earlier this week, malware said to belong to the Russian group behind the hack …

Cybercrime

Civil Society Condemns Malware Attacks Against Mexican Public Health Advocates

A group of Mexican nutrition policy makers and public health workers have been the latest targets of illegal malware attacks. According to the New …

Human Rights

Germany's NSA inquiry committee under pressure

Chancellor Angela Merkel will be probably the last witness to testify before the inquiry committee investigating the scandal that was caused by Snowden's revelations. The inquiry revolves around a famous Merkel quote.<p>Two quotes are associated with Angela Merkel's third term as chancellor. In the …

National Security Agency (NSA)

Source Code Perfectly Captures the Claustrophobic Horror of Surveillance State Science

<i>Source Code</i> keeps you guessing as to what kind of movie it is until you’re halfway through it, and that is just one of the things that makes it …

Source Code

Apple vs. FBI one year later: Still stuck in limbo

Because the public battle over security and privacy ended in a draw, there's still a lot left to be resolved.<p>It's been a year since Apple fought the FBI over data privacy, and we've barely heard a peep from either side on the issue. So everything's fine, right?<p>Uh, no.<p>The FBI's attempt to force …

FBI