NSA Reportedly Hacked Internet Companies At Weak Spot

By: Tuesday November 26, 2013 9:47 am

One of the open questions regarding internet companies like Yahoo, Google, and Facebook concerning the now revealed NSA spying program is how in the dark were they? No one is really buying their protestations of total innocence but there does seem to be some possibility that they were not completely aware of all the NSA was doing to vacuum up their users’ data.

That possibility is due to the nature of the internet and subsequent possibility that, in some cases, the NSA bypassed Silicon Valley and hacked into data cables.


Apple Shareholders Fight NSA Bulk Surveillance

By: Wednesday November 13, 2013 6:50 pm

A group of concerned shareholders is working with Apple to develop concrete ways to help. Collaborating with Restore the Fourth, we’ve submitted a draft shareholder proposal and have begun engaging with executives there amid a new Apple commitment to transparency.

New NSA Leaks Leave Tech Firms Feeling Bullied

By: Tuesday November 5, 2013 3:10 pm

Revelations from National Security Administration (NSA) documents released by Edward Snowden just keep getting worse. The Washington Post reported last week that the NSA has secretly broken into the main connection links that connect Yahoo and Google data centers around the world. Under a program code-named MUSCULAR, the NSA worked with its British counterpart to access hundreds of millions of user accounts stored in these global data centers.

Lavabit Founder Ladar Levison, Ungagged

By: Friday November 1, 2013 5:45 pm

Ladar Levison, founder of Lavabit, speaking at a CNET/Electronic Frontier Foundation event in SF on Monday. With a gag order recently lifted, this was Levison’s first opportunity to publicly describe how secret court orders and an unconstitutional search warrant demanding Lavabit’s SSL key led him to close down the service rather than betray the trust of 400,000 innocent users.

Judge Unseals Documents Making It Possible for Lavabit Owner to Speak About FBI’s Pursuit of Snowden

By: Thursday October 3, 2013 6:30 am

A federal judge has unsealed documents in a case involving the owner of the encrypted email service provider, Lavabit, which former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden was using.

What Court Orders Led Email Service Lavabit to Shut Down?

By: Friday September 27, 2013 5:00 pm

The owner of the encrypted email service provider that former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden was reportedly using, Lavabit, which shut down early in August, apparently made the decision to stop operating after receiving a “pen register” order and an order under the Stored Communications Act, according to a legal filing posted by POLITICO‘s Josh Gerstein.

After Lavabit and Silent Circle Shut Down, Is Email Privacy Even Possible?

By: Friday August 9, 2013 10:10 am

Yesterday the email services believed to be used by Edward Snowden — Lavabit — ceased operations, announcing they would suspend business rather than continue in compliance with court orders. Shortly thereafter Silent Circle, another privacy focused email service run by PGP creator Phil Zimmerman, saw the handwriting on the wall and ceased operations as well.

Email Service Snowden Was Reportedly Using Shuts Down

By: Thursday August 8, 2013 2:45 pm

Update: Silent Circle follows suit.

The owner of Lavabit, an email service believed to be better focused on privacy and security for users than Gmail, has decided to shut down the service. It is notable because this is the service that former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, who blew the whistle on US government surveillance programs, was reportedly using.

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