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Fight for the Future
July 7, 2014
Over the weekend a detailed report in the Washington Post caught the U.S. government in more lies about the scope of it's dragnet surveillance programs.
The Post showed that the NSA intercepted communications from ordinary people 9 times more often than from "targets" suspected of any wrongdoing. People are outraged. And we should be. Any politician that plans to keep their job should be doing everything they can to put an end to these illegal and unethical surveillance practices. Infuriatingly, *tomorrow* the Senate Intelligence Committee is rushing to advance "CISA," a bill that would give the NSA more access to our data than ever before, and give companies like Facebook and Google legal immunity for violating our privacy.
Cryptome claims all Snowden files will be published in July to avert a war
July 1, 2014
All of the National Security Agency files accessed by former contractor Edward Snowden could be published in the month of July if vaguely worded predictions tweeted this week from the digital library site Cryptome prove to be correct.
A series of micro-messages published by the website - a portal for sharing sensitive documents that predates WikiLeaks by a decade - suggest further Snowden leaks may be on the way. "During July all Snowden docs released" reads an excerpt from one Cryptome tweet sent on Monday this week. "July is when war begins unless headed off by Snowden full release of crippling intel. After war begins not a chance of release," reads another tweet sent from Cryptome on Monday this week. "Only way war can be avoided. Warmongerers [sic] are on a rampage. So, yes, citizens holding Snowden docs will do the right thing," insists another.
All but four nations are subject to NSA surveillance - new Snowden leak
July 1, 2014
Previously undisclosed files leaked to the media by former intelligence contractor Edward Snowden now show that the United States National Security Agency has been authorized to spy on persons in all but four countries.
The Washington Post published on Monday official documents provided by Mr. Snowden that shows new proof concerning the extent of the NSA's vast surveillance apparatus. One of the documents-a file marked "top secret" from 2010 and approved by the US Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court-shows that the NSA has been authorized to conduct surveillance on 193 foreign government, as well as various factions and organizations around the world, including the International Monetary Fund, the European Union and the International Atomic Energy Agency. "Virtually no foreign government is off-limits for the National Security Agency, which has been authorized to intercept information from individuals 'concerning' all but four countries on Earth, according to top-secret documents," journalists Ellen Nakashima and Barton Gellman wrote for the Post.
Obama Likes Secrets, Including Yours
June 30, 2014
The surprising thing about the Supreme Court's decision on police searches of cell phones was its unanimity.
The surprising thing about the Supreme Court's decision on police searches of cell phones was its unanimity. Aligned on the same side of a major law enforcement issue were liberal and conservative justices who normally fight like cats and dogs. All agreed that it's intolerable to let cops ransack the voluminous contents of mobile phones. Who could disagree? Well, cops, of course. And the Obama administration.
'Lost' emails, lost confidence
by Rep. Pete Olson
June 29, 2014
What's also troubling is the lack of outrage from the media on behalf of the Americans who were bullied by the IRS.
The First Amendment to the Constitution, in the Bill of Rights, "prohibits the making of any law... abridging the freedom of speech." Every American is protected by this inalienable right that ensures that the government cannot attack its citizens for their beliefs. Yet, one of the most powerful federal agencies, the Internal Revenue Service, did exactly that when they targeted conservative non-profit organizations seeking tax-exempt status. Officials at the IRS have admitted to these actions and Congress has been investigating. Yet, the IRS has refused to provide critical information about the extent of the targeting and who was involved. After promising for a year to deliver emails related to how certain conservative groups were targeted and who was involved in the decision making process, the IRS informed Congress last Friday that they cannot locate many of the emails in question prior to 2011 as the result of a computer crash during that year. Lois Lerner, former head of the IRS division that processes applications to determine tax-exempt status, is currently under investigation by three congressional committees, the Justice Department and the IRS inspector general. Her emails are the ones the IRS claims have both been erased and the data is unrecoverable due to the hard drive in question being recycled.
Germany Ends Verizon Contract Over NSA Concerns
June 29, 2014
Today Germany broke the news to the world that they will cancel a national contract with Verizon Communications.
This comes as part of the continued fallout from revelations by Edward J. Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor, who leaked the truth that American intelligence agencies have been routine accessing global data provided by telecom companies. One of the most upset amongst nations has been Germany, where the personal cellphone of Chancellor Angela Merkel was reportedly tapped by United States intelligence agencies.
Copyright Troll Malibu Media Allowed To Get Six Strikes Info From Comcast
by Mike Masnick
June 27, 2014
A few weeks ago, we wrote about how Malibu Media was up to its old tricks again, demanding six strikes data from Comcast as part of its evidence gathering for its copyright trolling.
Apparently, no one fought the request, so a magistrate judge has granted Malibu Media's request and told Comcast to comply with the forthcoming subpoena. When the six strikes plan was first put into place, many people worried that the information from it would be used in lawsuits, but people hadn't realized that it might also get abused by copyright trolls. All the more reason to question whether or not such a program is a good idea. When you have a system that allows "strikes" to be issued with no due process at all, which can then be used by a company currently responsible for 40% of all copyright lawsuits -- nearly all of which they're really using to shake down settlement fees -- it should make you wonder if the six strikes program is really such a good idea.
How A Hacker Nabbed $600,000 In Two Months By Googling People's Home Networks
June 17, 2014
A hacker figured out how to control the certain home networks to mine for something called Dogecoin, netting over half a million dollars.
In this case, a hacker figured out how to control certain home networks to mine for a computer currency called Dogecoin, netting over half a million dollars in a matter of months. The hacker's exploits were documented by Dell's security team, which points out that the hacker used a competitor's computer storage product to do the dirty work. The Dell team traced the likely culprit to a German-speaking person who goes by the code-name of "Folio" on GitHub.
Massive flaw could have exposed every Gmail user's address
June 12, 2014
A gaping security bug in Google's systems may have been used to unearth millions upon millions of users' email addresses. The activist claimed it took Google a month to rectify the problem after his report to the company.
Tel Aviv-based security researcher Oren Hafif discovered the bug and has informed Google, which has managed to resolve the problem. However, before Hafif notified Google, he successfully retrieved some 37,000 addresses from the system. "I have every reason to believe every Gmail address could have been mined," Hafif told Wired.
Cyberbullying law would let Canada cops 'remotely hack computers, mobile devices, cars'
June 11, 2014
New cyberbullying legislation introduced by the Canadian government is set to let police gain access to computers and remotely track cellphone users' movements and activities, privacy experts fear.
Bill C-13 Protecting Canadians from Online Crime Act, known as the cyberbullying bill, is currently being studied by a parliamentary committee. In fact, the term 'cyberbullying' may be a bit misleading: there are no mentions of 'cyber' or 'bully' in the document, despite the fact that the bill originated following several children committing suicide as a result of online bullying. Despite the bill introducing responsibility for sending nude photos, for instance, what the law mainly does is greatly expand police authority, giving officers powers to remotely hack into computers, mobile devices or cars in order to track location or record metadata, director of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association Cara Zwibel told Members of Parliament. She added that those changes were "inappropriate."
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