Posts Tagged ‘surveillance’

Rule 41 changes pass – long live legalized electronic eavesdropping of all Americans!

// November 30th, 2016 // No Comments » // Hacking and Security

The new Rule 41 dictate is going to be law and it’s a doozy, both mind-boggling (for its stupidity) and stomach-churning (for its stupidity) at the same time. Effectively, what the law does is allow any judge, anywhere (including Podunk, Texas), to grant a warrant for electronic surveillance of any US citizen. If you thought […]

How to tell if you’re on a government watchlist (and how to get on and off the wild ride)

// September 21st, 2016 // No Comments » // Hacking and Security

People often wonder if their names have somehow made it to the “the list”, that watchlist of US citizens whom the government suspects may be up to something. I would venture to say, the best way to know if you’re on the watchlist would be to recognize how often you find yourself forced into unique […]

Interesting facts about Edward Snowden show he was an eccentric genius among geniuses

// August 17th, 2014 // No Comments » // Hacking and Security

Forbes magazine did an investigation piece on Edward Snowden in late 2013. During their investigation, which included interviews with several of Snowden’s fellow coworkers, they discovered a few interesting facts that show Snowden was not only a bit eccentric, but indeed a “genius among geniuses”.

Can you spot the hidden snipers in these pictures?

// February 19th, 2014 // No Comments » // Military

Driven by the increasing range and accuracy of firearms, camouflage designers have been researching and exploiting optical illusions since World War I and German artist Simon Menner proves that our eyes can often deceive us. Check out the photo montage below and see if you can spot the sniper hidden in each of the landscapes.

More Snowden leaks – now we find NSA is scraping data from mobile games

// January 28th, 2014 // No Comments » // Hacking and Security

The Guardian and New York Times revealed today that the National Security Agency and its UK counterpart, GCHQ, have been working to take advantage of “leaky” smartphone apps, such as the popular Angry Birds game (which according to the report, was used as a “case study” in smartphone surveillance). According to top-secret documents leaked by […]

Microsoft leads charge to curtail government surveillance of citizen’s Internet activity

// December 9th, 2013 // No Comments » // Hacking and Security

Microsoft is leading the charge in calling for governments around the world to use secret surveillance of Internet users only in accordance with specific, define legal processes. Microsoft, who counts amongst its allies AOL, Apple, Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Yahoo, referred specifically to allegations against the United States that were revealed by former NSA […]

Snowden leaks prompt talk of constraint on NSA practices – Traitor? He’s a National Hero!

// August 10th, 2013 // No Comments » // Politics and legal

Spy? Traitor? How about “National Hero”. The United States wants to label Edward Snowden a “spy” and “traitor” for revealing NSA practices to the American public. The leaks from Edward Snowden regarding the unscrupulous data collection practices of the National Security Agency prompted a US scramble to plug the leak and stem the tide of […]

Can we deduce how NSA’s electronic surveillance programs work? Yes, and here’s how it’s done.

// July 31st, 2013 // No Comments » // Hacking and Security, Politics and legal

Access to complete phone records of all Americans is only the tip of the iceberg. Details from whistleblower Edward Snowden recently revealed that a top-secret NSA program named “XKeyscore” allows National Security Agency analysts to search (with no prior authorization) through vast databases containing content of emails, online chats, social networking sessions, web content searches, […]

NSA to Congress: “But we want ALL the data. Any other way is just TOO hard.”

// July 22nd, 2013 // No Comments » // Politics and legal

The Wall Street Journal has revealed that a “select few lawmakers” have received a heads up from the NSA regarding their controversial sweeping telephone-surveillance program whereby the major phone companies provide the NSA with the phone records of *all* of their customers. In response to White House and Congress demands that the NSA change the […]

Americans outraged at Verizon court order providing phone records for all customers

// June 6th, 2013 // No Comments » // Politics and legal

Americans are expressing outrage at the revelation that from April to July of this year, the White House used Section 215 of the Patriot Act to obtain a secret court order for all phone records (records that show originating and terminating phone numbers, their location, time and duration but not “substantive content of any communication”) […]

Amidst America’s “fiscal cliff” focus, US Senators voted to renew FISA allowing continuation of warrantless wiretaps

// December 28th, 2012 // No Comments » // Hacking and Security

US Senators voted this morning to renew FISA (Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act), a controversial act that allows warrantless wiretaps. The current authorization was set to expire on January 1, 2013. The re-authorization extends the bill through 2013 and for four more years beyond that. Three amendments were proposed and shot down yesterday allowing the bill […]

NSA’s top secret spy center in Utah, world’s largest and most technologically advanced, is less than one year from completion

// October 22nd, 2012 // No Comments » // Hacking and Security

The heavily fortified, 925,000 square foot Utah Data Center (UDC), also known as the Community Comprehensive National Cybersecurity Initiative Data Center, is being constructed on the grounds of Camp Williams in Bluffdale, Utah at a cost of $2 billion, by the National Security Agency (NSA). According to the NSA, the highly advanced data center is […]