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Citizenfour, the acclaimed Edward Snowden-centric documentary (and recent Academy Award winner), is now available to watch online for free at Thought Maybe.…
Hand over the encryption keys
China apparently wants to one-up the U.S. and the U.K. when it comes to urging technology companies to install security backdoors and…
We're secure, honest
Dutch digital security firm Gemalto, which is the world’s biggest manufacturer of SIM cards, has reported back on internal investigations triggered by…
A day after Citizenfour, a documentary in which he stars, won an Academy Award, Edward Snowden along with director Laura Poitras and…
Unsurprising and deserved
Citizenfour, Laura Poitras’s extraordinary depiction of the start of Edward Snowden’s NSA surveillance leaking extravaganza, has won the Academy Award for best…
Gag on this
A bitter fight between the Justice Department and Silicon Valley is expanding as a diverse group of companies have lined up behind Twitter in a…
Finally, some progress
The system through which U.K. spy agency GCHQ can access data from NSA mass surveillance programs was in violation of fundamental rights,…
Canada in the lead
The Canadian spy agency CSE monitors activity across over 100 free file upload sites, a newly-revealed PowerPoint document from NSA whistleblower Edward…
Digital arms race
Chinese army hackers apparently caused more than $100 million worth of damage to U.S. Department of Defense networks, according to NSA research…
Merry Christmas America
While many Americans were cozying up on the afternoon of Christmas Eve, the National Security Agency was busy posting dozens of quarterly…
But skepticism remains
The United States has asked China for help in blocking cyberattacks emanating from North Korea, officials told CNN and the New York…
Wrong court, apparently
The German high court has denied an attempt by two of the country’s opposition parties to have NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden visit…
New ways to make us less safe?
The NSA spies on the internal emails and documents of major mobile carriers and their industry body, the GSM Association, according to…
Germany’s equivalent to the NSA is able to spy on some German citizens thanks to a loophole in the country’s laws, a government…
So, the typewriter, an icon of a bygone, pre-PC era, is making a comeback among some government workers and young people revisiting the analog tools of the past.
As it expands its hybrid/public cloud effort, VMware adds new Australia coverage, bringing the number of company-run vCloud Air regions to nine worldwide.
It looks like protectionism is gaining momentum in Germany, which may enact a law mandating that vendors provide source code and other information that could spook U.S. companies.
Human rights groups including Privacy International and Amnesty International have seized on information, submitted in a tribunal case they initiated after the Snowden leaks, that contradicts previous assurances given by the British government.
Privacy International has failed in an attempt to get the OECD to censure multinational telecoms firms that reportedly helped UK spy agency GCHQ engage in mass surveillance around the world.
The allegations are based on an email from early 2012, in which U.S. commerce officials say EU Home Affairs Commissioner Cecilia Malmström was concerned about new European data protection proposals and kept them updated about timing and other details.
The NSA whistleblower says Kiwi prime minister John Key has been less than truthful with his people about state surveillance.
SaaS leader Salesforce.com is adding a new French data center, as part of a European expansion.
Sunday reports in Swiss media have cited a confidential opinion by the country’s attorney general that NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden should not be sent home to the U.S., if he visits Switzerland to testify about surveillance.
In a new interview, Snowden explained how fears of an accidental cyber-war, together with concerns over surveillance of U.S. citizens’ web traffic, turned him into a whistleblower.
The NSA leaker’s 3-year residency permit will allow him to hang around in Russia, with the ability to travel abroad for up to 3 months at a time — though presumably not on his cancelled U.S. passport.
The former NSA sysadmin said in a Guardian interview that cloud providers can earn users’ trust by building their services around encryption and being clear about “where they draw the lines.”
Chinese media, which tend to toe the government line, have already cast aspersions on Microsoft’s Windows 8, IBM’s servers and pretty much the entire U.S. tech industry.
Speak into the mic: The latest Edward Snowden revelations about the tremendous scope of NSA data collection on ordinary Americans (e.g. non targets) is really not news. The week in cloud.
Yang Yuanqing said he expects Lenovo’s acquisition of IBM’s server business (and Google’s Mobility Unit) to be finalized this year.
A measure passed first reading in the Duma on Tuesday, that would force the likes of Google and Twitter to store the personal data of Russians in Russia if they want to continue trading there.
Microsoft one-ups its encryption gameplan, adding Transport Layer Security to Outlook.com and enabling Perfect Forward Secrecy on Outlook.com and OneDrive.
Details continue to emerge confirming how the NSA’s mass surveillance efforts often rely on the cooperation of other governments, reportedly including those of Germany and Denmark.
Venture capitalist and Netscape founder Marc Andreessen told CNBC that Edward Snowden is the textbook definition of a traitor, and argued that mass surveillance is what the NSA is supposed to be doing — although he admits that spying on U.S. citizens is troubling
Protesting is useful to a point, but the privacy pack that accompanies Thursday’s Reset The Net campaign could help people make a real difference.
Companies like Google and Apple have been colorfully characterized by the People’s Daily as “pawns of the villain.” Looks like this Sino-U.S. argument over surveillance and hacking will run for some time.
Confidential documents from the BND, Germany’s answer to the NSA and GCHQ, suggest the agency could soon get major funding to improve its online surveillance and hacking capabilities.
It’s a mystery that has the information security industry scratching its collective head: why did the anonymous developers of TrueCrypt, a tool recommended by the likes of Edward Snowden, suddenly kill the project and recommend a Microsoft encryption tool instead?
A U.S. magistrate judge ruled that U.S. cloud vendors must fork over customer data even if that data resides in data centers outside the country.
It’s healthy for people to react to the knowledge of their surveillance by being more cautious. It means they appreciate the risks and are more likely to want to get rid of them.
The Marco Civil da Internet, in its current form, is a big win for the likes of Google and Facebook, as it no longer requires them to store Brazilians’ personal data within the country’s borders.
The whistleblower has given a tentative thumbs-up to plans by the White House that will reportedly end the bulk collection of Americans’ phone call metadata.
Terry Halvorsen, CIO of the Department of the Navy said this move, part of the government’s continuing Cloud First push, could save big bucks
The European Parliament has passed the EU’s first major overhaul of data protection legislation since 1995, taking into account today’s online landscape. Meanwhile, parliamentarians also approved a resolution calling for the suspension of a key deal affecting U.S. web firms.
Company claims a new customer in CERN and plans to build out sales and marketing efforts in the U.S. and Europe
The NSA whistleblower has given extensive evidence to an inquiry into the surveillance of European citizens, describing what he calls a “bazaar” of EU intelligence agencies allowing the U.S. to spy on pretty much everyone.
Just how accountable is the U.K.’s GCHQ spy agency, which has tapped the world’s communications infrastructure, hacked activists and snooped on webcam…
The latest Snowden revelation shows Yahoo being heavily targeted yet again — and this time it was bulk collection of images from users’ webcams, apparently for facial recognition purposes.
AT&T has made good on its promise to publish a report showing how often government demands data about its customers. The report includes information about cell tower searches and once-secret NSA demands.
The British signals intelligence agency GCHQ used its tapping of the internet’s backbone to monitor visitors to a WikiLeaks site, including Americans,…
The European Parliament is finalizing its report on the NSA surveillance program, and the parliament’s Green faction had proposed an amendment that…
Global debates about internet governance are set to heat up in the coming years, so the European Union has set out its standpoint, with true globalization and human rights being non-negotiable principles.
The first story from Pierre Omidyar-funded The Intercept describes a shift toward relying on signals rather than human intelligence for targeting drone victims, and claims this tactic kills more innocent people.
The Chaos Computer Club has filed a criminal complaint against the German government and the presidents of the German secret services over their NSA links, and it wants to call Edward Snowden as a witness.
Though certain details remain frustratingly absent, a CBC News report suggests Canadian spy agency CSEC unlawfully tracked people using free public Wi-Fi in a Canadian airport, and possibly elsewhere, in what was a trial run for a now-operational program.
With apps requiring more and more permissions — think of your location, contact lists and call log — it’s becoming easier for the intelligence community to gather data from individuals. The lesson? Pay attention to app permissions before installing.
Golden Frog says Chameleon scrambles VPN metadata, making it harder for firewalls to spot that the traffic is VPN-protected. The protocol is proprietary, though, making its trustworthiness hard to evaluate.
The activist coalition Privacy Not Prism has made some headway in its quest to prove that mass surveillance by UK intelligence agencies is illegal.
President Obama finally spoke up in detail about the controversial surveillance practices exposed by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden. The speech was also significant for what he didn’t say.
The New York Times has published further details of the NSA’s targeted surveillance techniques, including their alleged use as an “early warning system” against online attacks from the Chinese military.
Norway’s Aftenposten has published an interesting account of the decisions taken by those who were formulating GSM – the world’s most widely…
A new Sanford Bernstein research note susses out the potential damage to U.S. tech companies — especially in China — in the wake of Edward Snowden’s disclosures.
Bytes for All claims the likely tapping of its communications through the UK’s Tempora mass interception program violates its rights under European law, because the tapping would have taken place in the UK.
The cloud provider, which has infrastructure in the U.S., Canada and Britain, says last year’s NSA revelations are starting to hit home.
This year’s CES is a frustrating affair — so many cool new context-aware toys to play with, and so little reassurance from the manufacturers that their use will stay secure or private.
… but they’re forging ahead anyway. In their expansion mode they will also face growing competition from local providers, especially in China. The Week in Cloud.
Around 250 leading academics from around the world have decried the online spying activities of U.S. and European intelligence services in an…
… or at least the year we learned about it. In this week’s Structure Show we discuss the news avalanche touched off by Edward Snowden’s disclosures.
The U.S. networking equipment manufacturer, which has already warned over the revenue implications of the Snowden revelations, says it is trying to find out more about the NSA’s alleged exploitation of its security architecture.
Amidst the ongoing controversy over phone carriers’ role in a surveillance scandal, AT&T says it will publish data about government requests for customer information.
eBay founder Pierre Omidyar’s new media venture — on which he plans to spend as much as $250 million — is now known as First Look Media, and has an unusual two-pronged corporate structure that is both for-profit and non-profit
The world of technology looks a whole lot different at the end of 2013 than it did at the start. Here’s to the year that changed everything by demonstrating the extent and power of state — and commercial — surveillance.
The government’s claim that it “minimizes” spies’ access to a giant phone database is laughable in light of an important new court ruling that cites Domino’s Pizza and the Beatles to make the point.
In one of the most important court rulings since a former NSA contractor leaked documents about the agency’s surveillance practices, a judge ruled the government has gone too far.
The EU Advocate General has urged legislators to fix the controversial Data Retention Directive by properly defining safeguards, but member states’ control over national security affairs could make that a tall order.
Privacy advocates have always been down on cookies, but news that the NSA and GCHQ tap into their power highlights the dangers that are inherent to today’s online advertising systems.
Apple, Google, Microsoft, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Yahoo and AOL all want the U.S. government to take the lead on reining in suspicionless surveillance. It’s a significant step up in the companies’ demands, and with good reason.
The company will make it easier for governments in Europe, the Americas and Asia to inspect its source code for hidden backdoors. Microsoft will also apply encryption across its systems and, it says, step up legal challenges against gag orders.
The ongoing disclosures about the NSA’s surveillance have revealed a troubling new detail: the spy agency is collecting, and keeping, a vast number of location records.
The UN’s special investigator on the protection of human rights while countering terrorism has opened an investigation into Edward Snowden’s revelations of…
Prime Minister Tony Abbott still refuses to allow an inquiry into the Australian intelligence services, after it emerged that they were content with sharing surveillance data with the U.S. and U.K. without stripping out data relating to normal Australian citizens.
The European Commission has set out its plan for restoring “trust” in the way the U.S. treats Europeans’ data. However, while it calls for more respect for EU ciitizens’ rights, the plan mostly amounts to asking the Americans to stick to the rules they’ve agreed to, and to be clearer about when surveillance may take place.
The New York Times has published further details of an NSA operation that involves spying on the fiberoptic cables running between the…
The Dutch publication NRC has published claims, based on Edward Snowden’s leaks, that more than 50,000 computing networks around the world have…
The speed of technological progress is enabling rapid change in our societies and threatening the principles we claim to hold dear. We have to decide — now — whether we want to accept or resist the loss of our freedoms.
As Norway becomes the latest European country to be dragged into the surveillance scandal, it’s worth running through the revelations we’ve seen thus far.
Advocacy group EPIC’s unusual request for the Supreme Court to rule on a controversial program to collect phone records was turned aside.
You may be familiar with the “https” prefix that tells you your connection is secure. Well, get ready to see a lot more of it — standards-makers have decided that HTTP version 2 will only work with such web addresses.
“The forces of unification are stronger” than those trying to fragment the internet, the former Microsoft chief said in Berlin on Wednesday.
Although LinkedIn and Slashdot had no knowledge of it, the GCHQ agency used fake versions of their webpages as way of sneaking malware onto the networks of major mobile connection exchanges. Here’s how that worked.
Secretary of State John Kerry has said the NSA went too far in some of its activities. Meanwhile, Edward Snowden has apparently said he is willing in principle to testify in a potential German case over U.S. spying.
NSA leaker Edward Snowden will start a job in tech support in November, his lawyer reportedly said. The employer is a “large Russian…
America’s spy agency has been asking government officials to “share their Rolodexes” as part of an extensive program to listen in on the calls of world leaders.
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/18/world/snowden-says-he-took-no-secret-files-to-russia.html Edward Snowden has given a rare interview to The New York Times, saying he never retained a copy of his leaked…
Guardian reporter Glenn Greenwald, who worked with Edward Snowden to publish a series of revelations on government spying in the U.S. and U.K., is leaving the newspaper for an unspecified new opportunity.
This particular mass surveillance activity only takes place outside the U.S., according to a Washington Post scoop, but it does still involve the collection of many Americans’ contacts lists for services including Yahoo, Gmail, Hotmail and Facebook.
With its international headquarters in Luxembourg for tax purposes, Skype apparently now finds the little duchy’s privacy officials on its back over allegations of NSA collusion, following a complaint by activists.
The United States paid to build the Tor network, which provides a secure way to communicate for everyone, including the military and dissidents. Why, then, is it also trying to compromise it?
A provider of secure email communications closed abruptly in August. Now, a report suggests that it did so as an alternative to turning over its encryption tools to the FBI.
http://www.spiegel.de/international/world/spiegel-exclusive-nsa-spies-on-international-bank-transactions-a-922276.html The NSA may have found a way to monitor some credit card transactions, according to a Snowden-derived report from Germany’s Der…
Could the monitoring of an oil giant be the first sign of the NSA using its surveillance systems for economic espionage? Director of National Intelligence James Clapper says that doesn’t happen, but doubts will linger.
http://www.spiegel.de/international/world/privacy-scandal-nsa-can-spy-on-smart-phone-data-a-920971.html Germany’s Der Spiegel reports that the U.S. National Security Agency can access user data such as contacts lists, SMS traffic and…
Who thought subverting not only widely-used security mechanisms, but the security standards-setting process itself, was a good idea?
One of the ways that some critics — including those in the mainstream media — seem to be trying to discredit the leaks about the NSA’s surveillance program is to suggest that Glenn Greenwald isn’t really a journalist.