Monthly Archives: February 2015

NSA spying program renewed ahead of congressional showdown

A federal court has renewed a National Security Agency program allowing for the bulk collection of Americans’ phone records, highlighting a battle between the White House and Congress to reform the nature of mass surveillance in the country. The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) gave a

Rand Paul Slams Hillary Clinton, NSA Spying At Conservative Lovefest

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) was the guy that everyone wanted to hear speak at the Conservative Political Action Conference, and he didn’t disappoint. icon-youtube-play [video_lightbox_youtube video_id=”DNnBMMWxEWM&rel=0″ width=”640″ height=”480″ anchor=”Watch video: Rand Paul slams Hillary Clinton at CPAC“] In a speech Friday, Paul hit

US intel chiefs see threats, danger everywhere

The world is fraught with dangers for the United States – including cyber attacks, violent extremism, the so-called Islamic State, organized crime and threats from Russia and China – the country’s intelligence chiefs testified on Thursday. In the annual hearing on worldwide threats before the Senate

Gemalto Intrusion by NSA and GCHQ Is Exaggerated

Gemalto, the amsterdam-based digital security company have said that reports of its hack may have been blown out of proportion. This was part of the latest release, after the firm investigated the leak that claimed that it had been hacked between 2010 and 2011 by

China drops leading tech brands for state purchases

China has dropped some of the world’s leading technology brands from its approved state purchase lists, while approving thousands more locally made products, in what some say is a response to revelations of widespread Western cybersurveillance. Others put the shift down to a protectionist impulse

Washington won’t say how much damage Snowden leaks did

The National Security Agency has repeatedly stated that leaks by former contractor Edward Snowden about its surveillance programs have compromised national security and harmed American foreign policy – but Washington remains unwilling to say how. When pressed on the issue, officials tend to offer little in

It’s official: NSA spying is hurting the US tech economy

Summary: China is backing away from US tech brands for state purchases as NSA revelations continue to make headlines in newspapers all around the world. China is no longer using high-profile US technology brands for state purchases, amid ongoing revelations about mass surveillance and hacking by

Denmark’s plan to give spooks greater-than-NSA spy powers sparks outcry

Copenhagen is considering empowering its intelligence services to conduct covert electronic surveillance on citizens abroad without the need for a court order. Outraged privacy advocates have pledged to fight the initiative. Despite the global outpouring of criticism of the National Security Agency and its affiliated partners

Sim card firm links GCHQ and NSA to hack attacks

The Dutch Sim card maker at the centre of NSA-GCHQ hacking claims has said it believes that the US and UK cyberspy agencies did indeed launch attacks on its computer systems. However, Gemalto denied that billions of mobile device encryption keys could have been stolen

Secret new Internet rules loom for Americans

The Internet as it now exists with nominal government bureaucratic oversight has allowed the creation of billion-dollar companies like Google and Facebook and lets consumers even in remote parts of the landscape shop, watch videos and connect with others more or less instantly. Just about

Hillary Clinton: people felt betrayed by NSA surveillance programmes

Presumptive Democratic frontrunner for 2016 presidential race also tones down rhetoric about whistleblower Edward Snowden. Hillary Clinton has softened her criticism of Edward Snowden and said that people felt betrayed by the National Security Agency’s mass surveillance programmes. The former secretary of state dialled down her previous

Yahoo executive challenges NSA over encryption demands

A Yahoo executive has publicly challenged the National Security Agency (NSA) over encryption “backdoors”. Alex Stamos pressed NSA director Adm Mike Rogers on whether the access to encrypted data requested by the US authorities should also be granted to the Russian and Chinese governments. Adm

Blowing whistle on Justice Dept is dangerous – watchdog

Exposing wrongdoing within the FBI may land employees in hot water, according to a recent report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO), which looked into the treatment of whistleblowers at the Department of Justice (DoJ). “Reforms are needed to empower whistleblowers at [the] FBI and ensure

Gemalto says SIM cards ‘secure’ despite NSA, GCHQ hacking claim

Gemalto – the world’s largest SIM card manufacturer – says its SIM products are secure, despite leaked documents that say its encryption codes were stolen by the NSA and GCHQ. The conclusion is the result of a preliminary investigation, the company says. “Initial conclusions already indicate

Yahoo exec grills NSA director over ‘backdoor’ access to private data

Yahoo’s chief information-security officer attacked the NSA’s director over building “backdoors” to allow government spying on selected users. Mike Rogers defended the practice, saying it should be done within a “legal framework”. “It sounds like you agree with [Federal Bureau of Investigation Director James] Comey that

Edward Snowden: I laughed at Oscars ‘treason’ joke

Edward Snowden says he laughed at Oscar host Neil Patrick Harris’ joke at his expense last night, adding that he didn’t think it was meant as a political statement. In a Reddit Ask Me Anything session with “Citizenfour” filmmaker Laura Poitras and journalist Glenn Greenwald,

Edward Snowden documentary Citizenfour wins Oscar

Citizenfour has won the Oscar for best documentary, for its director Laura Poitras, editor Mathilde Bonnefoy and producer Dirk Wilutzky. Collecting the award, Poitras, flanked by journalist and collaborator Glenn Greenwald, said: “The disclosures of Edward Snowden don’t only expose a threat to our privacy but