Snowden: Spy Services of EU Member States Independently Hawk Domestic Access to NSA, GCHQ

By: Friday March 7, 2014 11:45 am

As part of a European parliamentary committee’s inquiry into electronic massive surveillance on the citizens of European Union member states, former NSA contractor and whistleblower Edward Snowden provided testimony to the committee.

Snowden described to the committee how spy services in the EU cooperate with the NSA to monitor citizens in countries without ever having to admit that this surveillance is happening.

Tech Notes for Friday

By: Friday February 28, 2014 12:25 pm

Bitcoins, which exist in electronic form, depend on a network of computers that solve complex mathematical problems to verify and record every transaction. Investors deposit their bitcoins in digital “wallets” at various exchanges. Bitcoin deposits have no government-backed insurance as bank accounts do. Instead, customers have the same legal remedies as anyone who entrusts property to an institution that fails to protected it adequately.

Mt. Gox was the largest exchange, but it and other exchanges halted withdrawals after a series of cyber attacks. Customers were unable to access their accounts.

Manhunting Timeline’ Further Suggests US Pressured Countries to Prosecute WikiLeaks Editor-in-Chief

By: Tuesday February 18, 2014 9:04 am

An entry in something the government calls a “Manhunting Timeline” suggests that the United States pressured officials of countries around the world to prosecute WikiLeaks editor-in-chief, Julian Assange, in 2010.

NSA Targets Cell Phones Through Games Like Angry Birds

By: Tuesday January 28, 2014 6:47 am

According to documents leaked by Edward Snowden, the NSA and its British counterpart, GCHQ, are working on ways to use weak security for smartphone games like Angry Birds to spy on people. The games contain information both about the phone being used and the user – location, gender, age – which would allow the spy agencies to track someone and run the information they suck out through their surveillance infrastructure.

MI5 Chief’s Condemnation of Snowden’s Leaks Is an Unabashed Attack on Journalism

By: Wednesday October 9, 2013 10:25 am

The director of MI5 delivered a speech in the United Kingdom, which emphasized the threat of terrorism to the UK and also focused upon the “damage” the publication of material from former NSA contractor Edward Snowden had caused the intelligence agency’s ability to protect the country.

NSA, GCHQ Have Worked to Develop Attacks on Tor Because ‘Very Naughty People Use Tor’

By: Friday October 4, 2013 11:37 am

A presentation, classified top secret and obtained by The Guardian from former NSA contractor and whistleblower Edward Snowden, contains technical details on how the Mozilla Firefox browser used with Tor can be targeted.

As James Ball, Bruce Schneier and Glenn Greenwald report, targeting Firefox can give the “agency full control over targets’ computers, including access to files, all keystrokes and all online activity.”

Behind the Data Curtain

By: Friday September 6, 2013 4:15 pm

The Acxiom Corporation, a marketing technology company that has amassed details on the household makeup, financial means, shopping preferences and leisure pursuits of a majority of adults in the United States, is trying something new. According to the NYT, Acxiom is the “quiet giant” of consumer database marketing. It knows who you are. It knows where you live. It knows what you do.

Revelations Around NSA, GCHQ Operations to Crack Encryption & the Need for More Whistleblowers

By: Friday September 6, 2013 9:35 am

What is contained in the documents from Snowden is clear evidence of an unchecked surveillance state that threatens the liberty of citizens not just in America but around the world. There is a duty amongst journalists to inform citizens of what these intelligence agencies are doing and what powers they have and think they should have to invade privacy, whenever they deem it necessary.

UK Police Granted Authority to Investigate Whether Material Seized From David Miranda Violates Official Secrets Act

By: Friday August 30, 2013 7:30 am

A high court in the United Kingdom has given the Metropolitan police the expanded power to investigate whether David Miranda committed “crimes related to terrorism and breaches of the Official Secrets Act,” according to Robert Booth of The Guardian.

Snowden Denies Talking to The Independent for Middle East Intelligence Station Story

By: Friday August 23, 2013 8:25 am

The UK newspaper The Independent published a story on a secret Middle East-based intelligence station, claiming some of the information for the story was contained in the leaked documents obtained from the NSA by Edward Snowden. The problem, according to Glenn Greenwald, is that Snowden denies ever talking to The Independent and being a source for the story. The story is likely to be damaging to UK and US interests in the region.

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