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The known unknowns of Skype interception

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Over the past few weeks, the technical blogosphere, and most recently, the mainstread media have tried to answer the question: What kind of assistance can Skype provide to law enforcement agencies? Most of the stories have been filled with speculation, sometimes informed, but mostly not. In an attempt to paint...
The known unknowns of Skype interception

UK 'exporting surveillance technology to repressive nations'

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Fears that software similar to that which government wants to use in Britain is being sold to monitor dissidents abroadBritain is exporting surveillance technology to countries run by repressive regimes, sparking fears it is being used to track political dissidents and activists.The UK's enthusiastic role in the burgeoning but unregulated...
UK 'exporting surveillance technology to repressive nations'

Leveson report: 'I cannot recommend another last chance saloon for the press'

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How Lord Justice Leveson dealt with the key issues of media ethics and regulationHacking With an active criminal investigation under way, what the inquiry is able to say about phone hacking is greatly limited, the report says. But Leveson observed that "the degree to which editors from different titles joked...
Leveson report: 'I cannot recommend another last chance saloon for the press'

NZ deems Megaupload inquiry flawed as Kim Dotcom vows to ride again

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The ongoing legal investigations against Kim Dotcom, proprietor of the file-hosting service Megaupload, may have been undermined by a failure of intelligence officials to themselves follow the law. New Zealand prime minister John Key on Monday said he has ordered an inquiry in to “unlawful interception of certain individuals by the...
NZ deems Megaupload inquiry flawed as Kim Dotcom vows to ride again

Kim Dotcom Cleared To Pursue Case Against New Zealand For Illegal Spying

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The latest in the saga of New Zealand's Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB) -- their version of the NSA -- illegally spying on Kim Dotcom, is that he's been cleared to file a lawsuit against the GCSB for its activities and the GCSB will be told to reveal some of...
Kim Dotcom Cleared To Pursue Case Against New Zealand For Illegal Spying

One Million Tweets Can't Be Wrong: How the NFL Failed a Major Social Media Test

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With over one million Tweets generated by a chain of events that lasted less than ten seconds, you don’t have to be a fan of “sport” to know that something really off happened during last night’s Packers-Seahawks Monday Night Football matchup. Here’s a a quick summary of what happened:...
One Million Tweets Can't Be Wrong: How the NFL Failed a Major Social Media Test
New video technology gives football fans a 'personalized camera on the field'

Controversial Seahawks ending sets off social media wildfire

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The controversy surrounding the end of Seattle’s 16-14 win over Green Bay at CenturyLink Field Monday night certainly did not stop at the final whistle. Between the NFL deleting questionable posts on Facebook and players venting their anger via Twitter, the social media world exploded with rage following Seattle’s questionable victory...
Controversial Seahawks ending sets off social media wildfire

House Approves Bill To Spy On Americans By Misrepresenting Or Lying About What's In The Bill

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We recently talked about how the House voted to approve the FISA Amendments Act (FAA) by a pretty wide margin, and noted some of the more bizarre and inaccurate statements that Representatives made in support of the renewal. Julian Sanchez has put together a nice summary of some of the...
House Approves Bill To Spy On Americans By Misrepresenting Or Lying About What's In The Bill

Microsoft's latest anti-Gmail campaign: have you been 'Scroogled'?

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'Scroogled' campaign accuses Google of violating its users' email privacy in bid to promote its own Outlook email serviceIn its latest attempt to diminish its major rival's brand power, Microsoft released its newest anti-Google campaign on Wednesday, accusing the site of violating its users' email privacy. Microsoft's "Scroogled" campaign aims...
Microsoft's latest anti-Gmail campaign: have you been 'Scroogled'?

Mozilla moves to stop spyware company from spoofing Firefox

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Mozilla sent a cease-and-desist letter on Tuesday to a European company that created a piece of spyware masquerading itself as the Firefox browser.The move comes after computer security researchers said on Tuesday that they discovered that a well-known spyware program called FinSpy was spoofing Firefox. Mozilla was alerted by...
Mozilla moves to stop spyware company from spoofing Firefox
New Zealand government to Kim Dotcom: Sorry for the illegal spying

NFL Network's Thursday Night Football Xtra app comes to Android

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Just in time to arrive alongside some real referees, the NFL Network has expanded the companion app experience for its Thursday night game to include Android users. Now active as the Browns take on the Ravens in a game where a defender catching the ball in the end zone...
NFL Network's Thursday Night Football Xtra app comes to Android
WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange & Google Exec Chairman Eric Schmidt met for five hour chat ... but it isn't as interesting as you'd hope

Canada and Dutch authorities claim WhatsApp violates international privacy laws, reforms being made

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WhatsApp, the popular mobile messaging service, has been accused of violating international privacy laws over its handling of personal information. In a collaborative investigation by Canadian and Dutch data privacy officials, it was determined that app users “do not have a choice to use the app without granting access to...
Canada and Dutch authorities claim WhatsApp violates international privacy laws, reforms being made

Email surveillance plans face Lib Dem rebellion

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Senior MPs concerned at government proposals to extend powers of security services to monitor public communicationsSenior Liberal Democrat MPs are threatening to rebel over the coalition government's plans to extend the powers of the security services to monitor the public's email, telephone calls and social media communications.Some were in talks...
Email surveillance plans face Lib Dem rebellion

DHS built domestic surveillance tech into Predator drones

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Homeland Security's specifications say drones must be able to detect whether a civilian is armed. Also specified: "signals interception" and "direction finding" for electronic surveillance. [Read more]...
DHS built domestic surveillance tech into Predator drones

DOJ Helped AT&T, Others Avoid Wiretap Act, Promised Not To Charge Them If They Helped Spy On People

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Want to know one reason why the feds are so interested in giving blanket immunity to anyone who helps them spy on people? Perhaps because they're already telling companies that they have immunity if they help them spy on people. Specifically, they've issued special letters of immunity, more or less...
DOJ Helped AT&T, Others Avoid Wiretap Act, Promised Not To Charge Them If They Helped Spy On People

Error led to spy agency interception of Megaupload communications

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One of New Zealand's intelligence agencies spied on Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom after it was given erroneous information on his immigration status, believing he was a foreign national....
Error led to spy agency interception of Megaupload communications

Kim Dotcom: New Zealand to investigate unlawful spying

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PM orders inquiry into actions of government agents in lead up to arrest of Megaupload founder, who is fighting US extraditionNew Zealand's prime minister John Key has launched a inquiry into "unlawful" spying by government agents leading to the arrest of Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom, who is fighting extradition to...
Kim Dotcom: New Zealand to investigate unlawful spying

First Look At iMFL, Joe Montana's Social Fantasy Football App [TCTV]

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Football is a sport that brings everyone together, even if you’re not a diehard fan or have never played the game yourself. The rush of energy that comes with rooting for your favorite team and arm-chair-quarterbacking an entire game is something people around the world do every Sunday. For those...
First Look At iMFL, Joe Montana's Social Fantasy Football App [TCTV]

Modder fixes Dark Souls' PC resolution problem minutes after release

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Earlier this month, Eurogamer made a worrisome discovery about the graphical fidelity of the then-upcoming PC port for Dark Souls: Prepare to Die Edition. While the game's settings allowed for multiple resolutions to match a variety of monitor types, the raw image being sent to the game's framebuffer was apparently...
Modder fixes Dark Souls' PC resolution problem minutes after release

Apple's iMessage Has The Federal Government Stumped (AAPL)

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Apple's iMessage is encrypted in such a way that DEA agents were unable to track it during the course of an investigation, reports CNET. An internal document revealed that "it is impossible to intercept iMessages between two Apple devices" even with a court order from a federal judge. When iMessage was first...
Apple's iMessage Has The Federal Government Stumped (AAPL)

British intelligence agency is reportedly accessing NSA's PRISM surveillance data

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The Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) in the UK is reportedly accessing information obtained by PRISM, the covert initiative created by the National Security Agency and FBI to monitor communications in the United States. The Guardian claims to have obtained documents which show that GCHQ has been able to leverage the...
British intelligence agency is reportedly accessing NSA's PRISM surveillance data

Predator gains put focus on data overload

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By 2015, U.S. Central Command could have 65 modern versions of the Predator unmanned aircraft simultaneously flying combat patrols over Afghanistan, Iraq and elsewhere. They would be able to provide coverage of about 650 ground targets through imagery, electronic-message interception or infrared......
Predator gains put focus on data overload

U.K. Report Condemns News Corp.

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The U.K. parliamentary committee probing illicit voicemail interception by News Corp.’s shuttered News of the World tabloid released a final report Tuesday concluding that News Corp. Chief Executive Rupert Murdoch is “not a fit person to exercise the stewardship of a major international company” and accusing several former company executives...
U.K. Report Condemns News Corp.

App Spotlight: TigerText promises to keep text messages private and secure

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Many businesses take pains to ensure that company emails stay private and secure, but CIOs and IT managers often overlook another popular form of communication: text messages. A typical SMS is subject not only to hacker interception, but also basic theft: an inbound text remains on a user's smartphone...
App Spotlight: TigerText promises to keep text messages private and secure

Turkish government agency spoofed Google certificate "accidentally"

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Microsoft has released a security advisory concerning a fraudulent digital certificate for all Google domains apparently created by the Turkish government. The certificate, which was created by a subsidiary Certificate Authority issued to the transportation directorate of the city government of Ankara, could have been used to intercept SSL...
Turkish government agency spoofed Google certificate "accidentally"

University of Oxford temporarily blocks Google Docs to halt phishing attacks against students and staff

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The University of Oxford on Monday announced it had temporarily blocked Google Docs on its campus. The Oxford University Computer Services department revealed that the service was being frequently used for illegal activities which threaten the security of the school’s systems and data. Over the past few years, the university...
University of Oxford temporarily blocks Google Docs to halt phishing attacks against students and staff

A Trip Down Memory Lane: People Warned What Would Happen When Congress Passed Bills To Enable Vast Spying

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One of the points we've made throughout this discussion on the revelations around widespread NSA surveillance is that if you had been paying attention, none of this should have come as a surprise. It's just the confirmation of the exact issues that people raised. In 2007, when Congress passed the...
A Trip Down Memory Lane: People Warned What Would Happen When Congress Passed Bills To Enable Vast Spying
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