Leak in-house? NSA data dump could be work of insider

The leak of tools used by the NSA’s elite hacking team has resulted in speculation and finger-pointing in a desperate attempt to identify who could have exposed the government agency’s secrets. But one source says it was an inside job. The chances of a hacker


‘You’re welcome’: Snowden casts light on NSA hack

The files released by a hacker group that claims to have breached the NSA are authentic, whistleblower Edward Snowden has said, explaining the documents’ importance and potential impact on the US elections and relations with allies around the world. Over the weekend, a mysterious group


Court gave NSA broad leeway in surveillance, documents show

Virtually no foreign government is off-limits for the National Security Agency, which has been authorized to intercept information “concerning” all but four countries, according to top-secret documents. The United States has long had broad no-spying arrangements with those four countries — Britain, Canada, Australia and


Out of Reach: New Cellphone Hardware Impedes Digital Surveillance

NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden and prominent hardware hacker Andrew Huang have designed a cellphone hardware aimed at impeding digital surveillance. Andrew told Sputnik more about the project and how the hardware works. The pair is developing a way for potentially imperiled smartphone users to monitor


WikiLeaks Releases Hacked Audio of US Democratic Party Voicemails

After releasing nearly 20,000 emails from the US Democratic National Committee, WikiLeaks has dumped audio recordings from the organization. The new release includes 29 voice messages pulled from the emails of high-ranking DNC officials, totaling 14 minutes. One file (#16014) involves a Clinton supporter calling


New Yorkers: Would You Trade Your Personal Data for Free WiFi?

Over 5 million people in the Big Apple have, perhaps unwittingly, handed over their private personal data to commercial surveillance devices that include hidden cameras. Privacy groups sounded the alarm on Friday over LinkNYC, a network of free Wi-Fi kiosks installed throughout New York City


Edward Snowden & WikiLeaks clash on Twitter over how to better leak data

Former US National Security Agency (NSA) contractor Edward Snowden has criticized WikiLeaks, a seemingly fellow whistleblower, on Twitter for failing to provide “modest curation.” WikiLeaks, which helped Snowden secure asylum in Russia, didn’t take long to reply, apparently implying that the whistleblower might be trying


Snowden has been cleared to appear at a theater near you

NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden will be live-streamed from his exile in Moscow in theaters nationwide following a special screening of the Oliver Stone film “Snowden” on Sept. 14. Fathom Events and Open Road films announced the Snowden Live event Friday. Snowden will be speaking to


Pokémon Go and the coming zombie apocalypse

I don’t need simulated drama in my life. When you stand up and speak out, more of the real thing will find you than you could possibly want. Since I stopped working in the corporate world, I don’t even carry a mobile phone. I have


Snowden designs hardware to thwart cellphone digital surveillance

NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden and a hacker colleague have designed cellphone hardware that would alert a user to radio digital surveillance and errant signals. The cellphone battery case, or “introspection engine” is designed for the iPhone 6 to monitor the electrical signal sent to its


Snowden’s anti-extradition lawsuit dismissed by Norwegian court

An Oslo court has dismissed an extradition suit filed by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden’s lawyers against the Norwegian government. Snowden’s lawsuit was filed in April to ensure that he could travel to Norway to accept the Ossietzky Award, presented annually in recognition of the defense