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NSA Whistleblower Ed Snowden: From My Desk I Could Wiretap Anyone: You, A Federal Judge Or The President Of The US

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Yesterday, it was revealed that Ed Snowden was the whistleblower, who exposed some details of NSA surveillance capabilities, often going far beyond what people expected. If you haven't yet, you should watch his video interview with Glenn Greenwald where he goes into more detail: Here's a bit that caught my...
NSA Whistleblower Ed Snowden: From My Desk I Could Wiretap Anyone: You, A Federal Judge Or The President Of The US

Just Because It's Now Cheaper And Easier To Spy On Everyone All The Time, Doesn't Mean Governments Should Do It

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Rick Falkvinge has another of his fascinating posts up on his Web site, but this one's slightly different from his usual insights into the dysfunctional nature of copyright and patents. It concerns some little-known (to me, at least) history of how Sweden went from being a beacon of freedom to...
Just Because It's Now Cheaper And Easier To Spy On Everyone All The Time, Doesn't Mean Governments Should Do It

Skype Won't Say Whether It Can Eavesdrop on Your Conversations

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New surveillance laws being proposed in countries from the United States to Australia would force makers of online chat software to build in backdoors for wiretapping. For years, the popular video chat service Skype has resisted taking part in online surveillance--but that may have changed. And if it has, Skype's...
Skype Won't Say Whether It Can Eavesdrop on Your Conversations

Court Says President Bush Violated Wiretapping Laws With Warrantless Wiretap

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In a huge ruling, a court has said that the US government violated wiretapping laws in eavesdropping on phone calls without a warrant. If you haven't been following the fight over the legality of warrantless wiretapping, this case, involving lawyers working with the Al-Haramain Islamic Foundation, is extremely important. When...
Court Says President Bush Violated Wiretapping Laws With Warrantless Wiretap

Senator Chambliss Says There's No Reason To Debate FISA Amendments Act; Just Pass It

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We've been covering in great detail the FISA Amendments Act, which is likely to be renewed before the end of the year. As you may recall, this was the "law" that expanded the ability of federal law enforcement to warrantlessly wiretap Americans -- and then, thanks to a secret interpretation...
Senator Chambliss Says There's No Reason To Debate FISA Amendments Act; Just Pass It

Spy court OK'd all U.S. wiretap requests it received in 2012

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A special court established to review government requests for warrants to conduct electronic surveillance of suspected foreign spies received close to 1,900 warrant requests last year -- all of which it approved....
Spy court OK'd all U.S. wiretap requests it received in 2012

Google's ECPA report reveals the extent of the FBI's warrantless email snooping | Dominic Rushe

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Guess who's reading your email? Thanks to a legal loophole that nixes your constitutional rights, the Feds can help themselvesRight now, as you read this, the US government may be snooping through your emails, looking at your photos, poring over your online life. Maybe, one day, there'll be a knock...
Google's ECPA report reveals the extent of the FBI's warrantless email snooping | Dominic Rushe

How The FBI's Desire To Wiretap Every New Technology Makes Us Less Safe

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Here they go again. Every year or so we end up writing about the FBI's desire for better wiretapping capabilities for new technologies, such as Skype. Basically, the FBI argues that because "bad guys" might use those tools to communicate in secret, they need backdoors to make sure that they...
How The FBI's Desire To Wiretap Every New Technology Makes Us Less Safe

Goldman exec caught on tape dishing insider information on Apple

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A Goldman Sachs executive apparently dabbled in a bit of insider trading when he discussed non-public information about Apple Inc., to a prominent hedge fund manager during a federal wiretap investigation. David Loeb, who is head of Asia equity sales for Goldman Sachs Group Inc., in New York, was caught...
Goldman exec caught on tape dishing insider information on Apple

Google Is Run By Geniuses. So How Could It Be So Stupid? (GOOG)

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Google got busted by the Wall Street Journal last night for bypassing built-in privacy settings on the Safari Web browser on iPhones and iPads. This is one of the dumbest things Google has done in a long time. Here's a company getting investigated by multiple government agencies for all...
Google Is Run By Geniuses. So How Could It Be So Stupid? (GOOG)

10 Computer Crooks Who Have Secretly Made Your Life Miserable

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Computers don't hack themselves. Even so, the idea of a "hacker" has changed a lot over the years. Back in the early days of the Internet, a hacker was often a genius kid getting himself into trouble. (Think the 1983 movie WarGames, starring Matthew Broderick, or 1995's Hackers.) Facebook and other...
10 Computer Crooks Who Have Secretly Made Your Life Miserable

Liar, Liar: Shareholders demand firing of Yahoo CEO

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Playing DVDs could be a headache in Windows 8, the FBI asks Web sites to be wiretap-ready, and Yahoo CEO Scott Thompson is accused of lying about his college degree. [Read more]...
Liar, Liar: Shareholders demand firing of Yahoo CEO

Nobody Encrypts their Phone Calls

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From the Forbes blog: In an annual report published Friday by the U.S. judicial system on the number of wiretaps it granted over the past year ..., the courts revealed that there were 2,376 wiretaps by law enforcement agencies in 2009, up 26% from 1,891 the year before, and up...
Nobody Encrypts their Phone Calls

Massachusetts Man Charged Criminally For Videotaping Cop... Despite Earlier Lawsuit Rejecting Such Claims

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You may remember a high-profile, landmark ruling last year in Massachusetts, where charges against Simon Glik -- arrested for violating a state law that said it's "wiretapping" to record a police officer in public without his permission -- weren't just dropped, but the arrest was found to be both a...
Massachusetts Man Charged Criminally For Videotaping Cop... Despite Earlier Lawsuit Rejecting Such Claims

FBI forming “Communications Assistance Center” to help spy on Americans

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Only weeks after requesting backdoor access to popular sites such as Facebook, Twitter, and Google+, the FBI is in the news again. Now the organization appears to be staffing the elite unit that will create the technologies to tap into Americans’ communications on social networks. CNet broke the story today,...
FBI forming “Communications Assistance Center” to help spy on Americans

No mind-reading yet, but scientists eavesdrop on brain impulses

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You've heard of mind reading, but how about mind listening? In a move that brings us one step closer to a world in which Big Brother could listen in on what you're hearing from inside your head, scientists have found that they can re-create a single word that a...
No mind-reading yet, but scientists eavesdrop on brain impulses

Did FBI Counterterrorism Agent Reveal That Feds Now Record All Phone Calls?

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It's long been assumed (or hinted at very strongly by a variety of evidence) that the feds have been making and collecting copies of pretty much every digital communication available. A whistleblower from AT&T more or less revealed the details on that. The NSA's ability to collect all this data...
Did FBI Counterterrorism Agent Reveal That Feds Now Record All Phone Calls?

The FBI Is About To Launch A New Unit That Wants To Spy On Skype Conversations

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The FBI is in the process of launching a new surveillance unit to help the bureau snoop on conversations that take place on Skype and other wireless communications, CNET reports. The new unit has a very unassuming name: the Domestic Communications Assistance Center. CNET parsed through government documents and interviewed...
The FBI Is About To Launch A New Unit That Wants To Spy On Skype Conversations
The Transparency Grenade captures clandestine communications
DEA can't wiretap iMessages, says they are a 'challenge for intercept'

It Seems A Bit Early To Call Edward Snowden A 'Hero'

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The fact that former National Security Agency employee Edward Snowden decided to go public with his grievances against the U.S. government is certainly brave and bold.  People can and will accuse Snowden of many things. But no one will ever accuse him of not having the guts to stand up...
It Seems A Bit Early To Call Edward Snowden A 'Hero'

Federal appeals court says warrantless wiretapping is legal

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A federal appeals court has ruled today that the US government can tap into Americans' communications without worrying over frivolous things like "being sued" by its people. In what most sane civilians will probably see as a depressing loss of protection, a three-judge panel of the 9th US Circuit...
Federal appeals court says warrantless wiretapping is legal

Report: Wiretapped Goldman exec found guilty of insider trading in case that involves Apple

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Rajat Gupta is on the right (image via the Wall Street Journal). A federal jury just convicted Rajat Kumar Gupta, an ex-Goldman Sachs director, of insider trading in a case that involves swapped information about Apple and other technology firms. According to the Wall Street Journal, Gupta was convicted on...
Report: Wiretapped Goldman exec found guilty of insider trading in case that involves Apple

FBI 'looking at' law making Web sites wiretap-ready, director says

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Director Robert Mueller says FBI needs to be able to "capture communications" of people under surveillance, but declines to elaborate on renewed lobbying effort reported by CNET two weeks ago. [Read more]...
FBI 'looking at' law making Web sites wiretap-ready, director says
Apple's iMessage encryption hindering DEA's ability to wiretap suspects
Warrantless wiretapping bill heads to full vote in Congress despite opposition

Apple's iMessage crypto stymies federal eavesdropping of drug suspect

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Encryption used in Apple's iMessage service is thwarting federal drug enforcement agents' attempts to eavesdrop on a suspect's chat messages, according to a report published Thursday. The CNET report cited an internal government document discussing a criminal investigation in February. It warned that because of the encryption "it is...
Apple's iMessage crypto stymies federal eavesdropping of drug suspect

DID YOU KNOW?: Two Secretive Israeli Companies Reportedly Bugged The US Telecommunications Grid For The NSA

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The newest information regarding the NSA domestic spying scandal raises an important question: If America's tech giants didn't 'participate knowingly' in the dragnet of electronic communication, how does the NSA get all of their data? One theory: the NSA hired two secretive Israeli companies to wiretap the U.S. telecommunications network....
DID YOU KNOW?: Two Secretive Israeli Companies Reportedly Bugged The US Telecommunications Grid For The NSA

Exclusive: Lawsuit says phone companies gouged FBI on wiretaps

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A former New York prosecutor, John Prather, claims AT&T, Verizon, Qwest & Sprint regularly charged law enforcement agencies 10 times what they should have for routine wiretaps. He’s now suing on behalf of the FBI and state and city police departments to recover many millions of dollars for overcharging that allegedly...
Exclusive: Lawsuit says phone companies gouged FBI on wiretaps

FBI: We need wiretap-ready Web sites - now

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CNET learns the FBI is quietly pushing its plan to force surveillance backdoors on social networks, VoIP, and Web e-mail providers, and is asking Internet companies not to oppose making those backdoors mandatory. [Read more]...
FBI: We need wiretap-ready Web sites - now
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