September 20, 2020

US to renew Internet Surveillance Program exposed by Snowden

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The U.S. Senate overwhelmingly voted to renew a warrantless internet surveillance program, disregarding civil liberties advocates. In a 65-34 vote the United States Senate approved Thursday a bill that renews a warrantless internet surveillance program for six years. The bill will allow the National Security Agency, NSA, to resume evesdropping on electronic communications via companies such as Facebook and Google once the U.S. […]

NSA secret report shows Russia hacking attempt just before election

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By Greg Richter From Newsmax A highly classified National Security Agency report details how Russian military intelligence attempted a spear-phishing email attack just days ahead of the 2016 presidential election, The Intercept reported. The website said it verified the NSA document and redacted certain portions it deemed not vital to the national interest, but declined […]

Could the Ashley Madison hack have been an inside job?

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By Ed Silverstein, From Legaltech News ‘The tech evidence supports the assertion it was done with local access as opposed to remotely,’ says ThreatSTOP Inc. CEO Tom Byrnes Canadian authorities continue to investigate the publication of leaked personal data from as many as 40 million users that were taken from Ashley Madison, an adultery website. […]

Report: NSA collects millions of images each day for facial recognition

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By Kurt Wagner From Mashable Written and audio messages aren’t the only forms of communication the government appears to be gobbling up. The National Security Agency is collecting “huge numbers” of photos from emails, text messages, social media, videoconferences and other forms of communication for facial recognition purposes, according to classified documents obtained by The […]

NSA fires employee who allegedly shared password with Snowden

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By Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai From Mashable The NSA has fired an employee who stands accused of sharing his password to the agency’s network with Edward Snowden. The employee is the first victim of the NSA’s internal probe to determine whether anyone inside the agency is responsible for the leaks of thousands (or millions) of top secret […]

The Obama administration’s frustrating NSA week

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By Alex Wilhelm From Tech Crunch While Congress and the nation at large have done little except talk and embark on preliminary legal skirmishes regarding the United States’ mass surveillance practices, the forces in favor of reform and change had a decent week. The Obama administration did not. The president’s speech one week ago on […]

The NSA gathers almost 200 million texts every day

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By Fran Berkman From Mashable The NSA collects nearly 200 million text messages per day through a secret program called Dishfire, according to a new report in The Guardian. The agency described the collected messages as a “goldmine to exploit” for all kinds of personal data. Documents leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden revealed […]