Category Archives: Surveillance

How the Digital Age Has Eroded Student Privacy

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Author: David R. Wheeler

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In 1965, when Mary Beth Tinker was 13 years old, she wore a black armband to her junior high school to protest the Vietnam War. The school promptly suspended her, but her protest eventually led to a landmark Supreme Court case: Tinker v. Des Moines. In their verdict, the court vindicated Tinker by...

Airlines Call for More Security…

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Author: Associated Press

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The disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 highlights the need for security improvements both in tracking aircraft and screening passengers before they board planes, the International Air Transport Association said Tuesday. The global airline body also announced it is creating a task force that will make recommendations by the end...

How the NSA Plans to Infect ‘Millions’ of Computers with Malware

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Author: Ryan Gallagher and Glenn Greenwald

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Top-secret documents reveal that the National Security Agency is dramatically expanding its ability to covertly hack into computers on a mass scale by using automated systems that reduce the level of human oversight in the process. The classified files – provided previously by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden – contain new...

Why You Should Care More About Your Smartphone’s Security

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Author: LifeHacker - Video

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It seems like every week we hear about a smartphone security flaw. Whether it's a massive bug in iOS, apps leaking your location data to the public, or insecure passcodes on our phones, smartphone security isn't taken seriously. Yet it should be: in a lot of cases, you can access...

Angry Birds Will Have Angry Users

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Author: Arosha K Bandara

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It was reported this week that the NSA and British intelligence agency GCHQ have been gathering information from popular apps including David Cameron’s favourite game, Angry Birds. According to the Guardian, the spy agencies have been working since 2007 to develop the means to take advantage of “leaky” smartphone apps...

Edward Snowden: ‘I Already Won’

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Author: Bridie Jabour

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Whistleblower Edward Snowden has declared “mission accomplished”, seven months after revelations were first published from his mass leak of National Security Agency documents. The documents, which were leaked to the Guardian and also the Washington Post and Der Spiegel, revealed how technological developments were used by the US surveillance agency...

Edward Snowden: NSA Surveillance Is about Power, Not Safety

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Six months ago, I stepped out from the shadows of the United States Government's National Security Agency to stand in front of a journalist's camera. I shared with the world evidence proving some governments are building a world-wide surveillance system to secretly track how we live, who we talk to,...

By Cracking Cellphone Code, NSA Gains Sweeping Powers

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Author: Craig Timberg

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The cellphone encryption technology used most widely across the world can be easily defeated by the National Security Agency, an internal document shows, giving the agency the means to decode most of the billions of calls and texts that travel over public airwaves every day. While the military and law...

State Surveillance of Personal Data is Theft

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More than 500 of the world's leading authors, including five Nobel prize winners, have condemned the scale of state surveillance revealed by the whistleblower Edward Snowden and warned that spy agencies are undermining democracy and must be curbed by a new international charter. The signatories, who come from 81 different...

Air Force’s Mysterious X-37B Space Plane Nears One Year In Orbit

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Author: Leonard David - Video

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The U.S. Air Force's mysterious X-37B space plane is nearing a major milestone — one year of travel in Earth orbit, performing duties in support of long-term space objectives. The unmanned X-37B spacecraft — flying a mission known as Orbital Test Vehicle 3 (OTV-3) — launched into space atop an...

Streetlights That Watch and Listen

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Author: Marc Lallanilla,

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They look like ordinary streetlights, shining down on Las Vegas sidewalks after the sun has set. But Sin City's new streetlights have a few special capabilities that have civil libertarians up in arms. The city is installing Intellistreets, a brand of street lighting that is capable of recording video and...

Meet the Private Companies Helping Cops Spy

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Author: John Knefel - Video

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The documents leaked to media outlets by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden this year have brought national intelligence gathering and surveillance operations under a level of scrutiny not seen in decades. Often left out of this conversation, though, is the massive private surveillance industry that provides services to law enforcement,...