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Android in camouflage: How the military can utilize smartphone tech

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Android is still the smartphone platform of choice for the world’s consumers, but it may also be the ideal operating system for the world’s armies, navies and security agencies. The versatile, open – and free – OS already has most of the necessary pieces in place to power the most...
Android in camouflage: How the military can utilize smartphone tech
Homeland Security will track this article if I say electric pork cloud virus. oops.

Obama administration defends NSA collection of Verizon phone records

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White House upholds 'critical tool in protecting the nation from terrorist threats' as senior politicians condemn practiceThe White House has sought to justify its surveillance of millions of Americans' phone records as anger grows over revelations that a secret court order gives the National Security Agency blanket authority to collect...
Obama administration defends NSA collection of Verizon phone records
10 common mobile security problems to attack

Facebook steps up lobbying, deepens ties with intelligence agencies, FTC

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Facebook has been gradually boosting its profile in Washington D.C. over the past year and is on the hunt for a second senior lobbyist to add to its office of four. Disclosures released a few days ago show that, on top of lobbying the usual suspects Internet companies reach out to...
Facebook steps up lobbying, deepens ties with intelligence agencies, FTC

Surveillance watchdog warns of new threat to privacy

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Personal data on internet allows authorities to evade statutory controlsConcerns expressed in new reportDowning Street followed the timeworn practice of spewing out a number of important reports before the Commons summer recess which this year began on Tuesday.They included the annual report of the parliamentary Intelligence and Security Committee, which...
Surveillance watchdog warns of new threat to privacy
Hacker allegedly behind advanced espionage campaign caught on film

China: Google And US Army Waging Cyberwar

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China has used its mouthpiece, the state-run People’s Daily, to blast Google yet again.In an article today, the Chinese Government accused Google of colluding with the US Army to wage a cyberwar against China. Blasting the search engine for being hypocritical, the article claims that Google’s, “collusion with the U.S....
China: Google And US Army Waging Cyberwar

Stanford's quantum entanglement device brings us one step closer to quantum cryptography

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Researchers at Stanford University have taken another major step toward using quantum entanglement for communication, streamlining the process by which two particles can be forced into an entangled state. Once entangled, each should react to changes in the other’s quantum spin — if one switches from up-spin to down-spin, the...
Stanford's quantum entanglement device brings us one step closer to quantum cryptography

The Megabreach Is Back: Hacktivists To Blame For 58 Percent Of Stolen Data In 2011, Says Verizon Study

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Move over organized cybercriminals, the new gangs in town don’t want our money, but they want to make a point, and they’re going to do whatever it takes to make sure we listen. The annual Data Breach Investigations Report from Verizon and major security agencies has found that hacktivism from...
The Megabreach Is Back: Hacktivists To Blame For 58 Percent Of Stolen Data In 2011, Says Verizon Study

Carlos Miller Arrested (Again) For Perfectly Legal Photography

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Thanks to an enforced climate of fear, law enforcement and security agencies remain deeply suspicious of photography in public places. Despite the fact that most public places are now covered in cameras erected by law enforcement and security, the prevailing view seems to be that a member of the public...
Carlos Miller Arrested (Again) For Perfectly Legal Photography

Data bill: what's the right balance between security and liberty online? | Debate of the day

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The communications data bill is causing friction in the coalition. What powers should the government have to track internet use?Deputy prime minister Nick Clegg has told Theresa May, the home secretary, that she needs to "go back to the drawing board" on the "snooper's charter".It's particularly blunt language between coalition...
Data bill: what's the right balance between security and liberty online? | Debate of the day
Chinese Firm Huawei: Sorry, But We're All Going To Have To Get Used To Government's Spying On Us

The FBI looks for $41M more to boost 'cyber collection and analysis,' but details are classified

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Quick Friday note on the US government’s efforts to find, track, and thwart cybersecurity threats: The FBI has requested an additional $41 million to “help promote a whole of government approach to cybersecurity, as well as address critical gaps in the FBI’s current ability to investigate computer intrusions and identify,...
The FBI looks for $41M more to boost 'cyber collection and analysis,' but details are classified

Desperate RIM Gives In And Lets Indian Gov't Spy On Blackberry Communications

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Back in 2008, we wrote about how the Indian government was demanding that RIM let it snoop on encrypted messages from Blackberry users. RIM's response was that it was simply impossible to snoop on its enterprise customers' messages, since they set their own encryption keys. A few months later, the...
Desperate RIM Gives In And Lets Indian Gov't Spy On Blackberry Communications

The fight for control of the internet has become critical | John Kampfner

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If plans to put cyberspace under a secretive UN agency go through, states' censoring of the web will be globally enshrinedIn horror movies, the scariest moments usually come from the monster you can't see. So the same goes for real life, or at least online life. Over the past few...
The fight for control of the internet has become critical | John Kampfner

Home Office highlights gaps in online surveillance of criminals

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A quarter of police and agencies' data requests not met, says official, as government prepares to unveil web tracking lawsThe rapidly changing nature of internet-based communications has left the security agencies and the police unable to legally track the online activities of terrorists and serious criminals in 25% of cases,...
Home Office highlights gaps in online surveillance of criminals

Carlos Miller Arrested (Again) For Perfectly Legal Photography

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Thanks to an enforced climate of fear, law enforcement and security agencies remain deeply suspicious of photography in public places. Despite the fact that most public places are now covered in cameras erected by law enforcement and security, the prevailing view seems to be that a member of the public...
Carlos Miller Arrested (Again) For Perfectly Legal Photography
China blamed for hacking Australia's spy, foreign affairs, defense, and government agencies

Former spy chief calls for laws on online snooping

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Sir David Omand says ability of security agencies to intercept social media must be placed on clear legal footingClear guidelines must be introduced in law to allow the security services and police to intercept social media such as Facebook and Twitter while avoiding the "chilling effect" of state surveillance, according...
Former spy chief calls for laws on online snooping

Hackers Stole Apple IDs From A Company In Florida, Not From The FBI

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ORLANDO, Fla., Sept 10 (Reuters) - A Florida company said on Monday that its files - not an FBI agent's laptop - were hacked by a renegade group that released Apple product identification data it claimed to have obtained through a breach of the nation's top law enforcement agency. "We...
Hackers Stole Apple IDs From A Company In Florida, Not From The FBI

US Secret Surveillance Court Approves All Domestic Spying Requests For A Second Year In A Row

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For the second year running, all snooping-on-citizens requests have been granted by our nation's most secret court, the United States Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court. A secretive federal court last year approved all of the 1,856 requests to search or electronically surveil people within the United States "for foreign intelligence...
US Secret Surveillance Court Approves All Domestic Spying Requests For A Second Year In A Row

Another Notch In 'Cyber Threat' Rhetoric's Belt: Former UK Head Of Cyber Security Brings 'AIDS Epidemic' Into The Mix

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Well, we've seen the always-impending cyberdoom compared to all sorts of horrendous events by legislators and security agencies. The perpetually-just-over-the-horizon cyberattacks have been given catchy names like "cyber-Pearl Harbor" and "cyber-9/11" in an attempt to scare up some support for terrible legislation and expansions of power. The UK's former head...
Another Notch In 'Cyber Threat' Rhetoric's Belt: Former UK Head Of Cyber Security Brings 'AIDS Epidemic' Into The Mix

Microsoft publishes first Law Enforcement Requests Report

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Microsoft has published its first Law Enforcement Requests Report, showing how many requests for customer data it received from various security agencies around the world. The effort by Microsoft for transparency, part of its Global Human Rights Statement, mirrors a similar effort by Google and its Transparency Report, with both...
Microsoft publishes first Law Enforcement Requests Report

Revealed: NSA collecting phone records of millions of Americans daily

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Exclusive: Top secret court order requiring Verizon to hand over all call data shows scale of domestic surveillance under Obama• Read the court order in full hereThe National Security Agency is currently collecting the telephone records of millions of US customers of Verizon, one of America's largest telecoms providers, under...
Revealed: NSA collecting phone records of millions of Americans daily

Beijing: “Google is Not God”

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Google’s (GOOG) principled stand in China has very quickly turned into an ugly clash with the country’s government. On Wednesday, The People’s Daily, a mouthpiece of the Chinese Communist Party, lobbed a searing editorial at the company decrying its arrogance and accusing it of collaborating with U.S. intelligence agencies. It...
Beijing: “Google is Not God”

Indian Government To Launch BlackBerry Messenger Snooping System ‘Soon’

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BlackBerry fans in India had best stay on the up-and-up lest they want to draw unwanted attention from the country’s security agencies. India Today reported over the weekend that the country’s government is on the verge of being able to capture messages sent though RIM’s formerly iron-clad BBM service. Unnamed...
Indian Government To Launch BlackBerry Messenger Snooping System ‘Soon’
How a tiny Canadian company won security contracts with covert 3-letter agencies like the NSA, CIA, and FBI
Even After Hacks And Bombings, Privacy Advocates Have Big Week In Congress

Pure Storage nets new cash from In-Q-Tel to push its "flash for all" effort

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Flash storage dynamo Pure Storage has snagged new funding — the amount is undisclosed — from In-Q-Tel, the VC affiliate of the CIA and other security agencies. The fresh cash comes atop a $40 million D round closed last August, which brought the total tally at the time to a robust...
Pure Storage nets new cash from In-Q-Tel to push its "flash for all" effort
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