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Snowden 2.0? Another NSA contractor arrested for classified theft

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The U.S. Department of Justice has confirmed that a government contractor was arrested in August and charged with removing and retaining classified materials without permission. Other sources have confirmed it was an NSA contractor who was detained, though it isn’t clear at this time what information he is alleged to …

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Edward Snowden thinks NSA hacker leak was a warning

Yesterday the news hit that an organisation appeared to have hacked the command and control server for an NSA-tied hacking group, purportedly known as Equation Group. Looking at the information and tools released, Edward Snowden thinks this was a warning from a foreign nation. Equation Group is an NSA-linked hacking …

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Snowden: the CIA did not ‘accidentally’ destroy torture report

American whistle blower and Russian resident Edward Snowden, doesn’t believe the CIA when it claims it “accidentally,” destroyed a 6,700 page torture report, claiming that it never does anything like that without proper consideration. “When the CIA destroys something, it’s never a mistake,” he said. The CIA was recently quoted in the …

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Meta data can reveal more about you than you thought

One of the big arguments for more government surveillance, is that they’re only ever after metadata. While that is rarely true, in the cases that it is, it’s cited as being just a record of your calls, not the content of them. But it turns out that knowing who was …

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Apple thinks someone is modifying its servers during transit

In the latest instance of Apple looking to distance itself from government interference, it has announced that it is now designing its own servers in-house, because it’s concerned that someone is modifying its servers after they’ve been shipped from the manufacturer. In some cases, it believes hardware was added to …

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U.S. and EU near agreement on data sharing

Since the Edward Snowden revelations about the NSA, GCHQ and international data gathering and sharing came out in 2013, the world has been trying to figure out the right balance between privacy and security. To that end, the European Commission has been in talks with U.S. representatives to renegotiate “safe …

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French politicians sound off on NSA spying

In the aftermath of revelations that the USA spent half a decade spying on France’s presidents and members of its cabinet, discovering phone call meta data and occasionally content, many French politicians have made public statements condemning the actions. Although many suspect little will happen behind the scenes due to the …

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Wikileaks documents show US spied on French presidents

Apparently not content with snooping on the smartphone of the German chancellor Angela Merkel, the NSA also spent over half a decade spying on the last three French presidents, Jacques Chirac, Nicolas Sarkozy and Francois Hollande between 2006 and 2012, according to some newly leaked Wikileaks documents. Titled, “Espionnage Élysée”, they show …

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NSA and GCHQ reverse engineering anti-virus software

In the name of thwarting terrorism, British and US intelligence agencies have taken part in many questionable practices over the past few years. Often those actions are considered legally dubious by various international authorities, but that hasn’t stopped them pushing full speed ahead. In a new round of document reveals …

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US phone tapping clause expires, NSA halts servers

Whoever said talking too much was a bad thing? Thanks to unending debates, filibusters and a growing unease at the US government’s willingness to spy on its own citizens, the clause within the Patriot Act that allowed the NSA to record every phone call made by a member of the …

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US appeals court declares NSA spying illegal

Despite British MP’s quickly jumping on the idea of increasing the amount of spying that agencies like GCHQ perform against the British public, across the pond things don’t look quite so rosy for the intelligence agencies. The NSA’s record of spying on US citizens has been deemed illegal by a …

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Austrians launch class action suit against Facebook

Since the Edward Snowden revelations of 2013, many organisations have been held under the spotlight for their collusion with the NSA and other international intelligence agencies, most notably Google and Microsoft. Facebook was involved too though, which is why a group of over 25,000 Austrians have launched a class action …

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NZ journalist promises big spying revelations

It’s no secret at this point that every member of the Five Eyes spying network (essentially every English speaking nation) has been snooping on not only their citizens, but everyone else’s over the past few years, under the guise of anti-terrorism efforts. Despite this though, new revelations every few months …

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Open Rights Group calls on members to combat GCHQ

The Open Rights Group is a big proponent of, above all else, open rights. That means it champions the rights of individuals online, including freedoms of expression, freedoms of speech, information and privacy. With all of the Edward Snowden revelations and similar in the past couple of years, it’s had …

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CITIZENFOUR wins an Oscar and Snowden does an AMA

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CITIZENFOUR, the recently premiered documentary by Laura Poitras about the beginning of the Edward Snowden NSA revelations, has won an Oscar for “Best Documentary” at this year’s Academy Awards ceremony. The film shows Snowden’s efforts to expose the gross abuses of the US government’s National Security Agency, along with the help of Laura Poitras …

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Spies probably have the keys to your phone

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Everything your phone transmits to and receives from your network providers phone tower is encrypted, so that only the network operator can receive your calls and data and route them as you request. This is all encrypted with a set of keys on the sim card inside your phone and another set …

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Kaspersky claims NSA hid spyware in HDD firmware

Hot off of the heels of breaking news on the biggest digital bank heist run in history, Kaspersky labs, the anti-malware firm, has released a new batch of information that indirectly paints the NSA and the US government as having inserted malware into the firmware of commercial hard drives. While …

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