Monthly Archives: April 2015

Paranoid about the NSA? The case for dumping cloud’s Big 3

Can you achieve security through the obscurity of regional ISPs? Internet Service Providers (ISPs) may be the most important public cloud providers of the next decade. Hosting your data with an ISP has a number of advantages over choosing the dominant American cloud providers: advantages

Tech Companies Line Up Behind Surveillance Reform Bill

A wide range of companies today released their support for a surveillance reform bill that would effectively end the NSA’s bulk collection of Americans’ phone records. Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Yahoo and Reform Government Surveillance, a lobbying group representing many tech companies including AOL (they write

Government Spy Powers Face Major Test in Congress

House Judiciary Committee to debate measure ending bulk collection of personal records. The government’s expiring ability to sweep up the phone and email records of millions of Americans faces a test Thursday, as a key House panel will vote on a bipartisan plan to rework

German govt accused of lying to parliament about NSA spying

Angela Merkel’s government has been accused of lying to the country’s parliament after it was alleged that it knew German spies were conducting economic espionage for the NSA. Revelations show that some spooks were even spying on German companies. Germany’s interior minister, Thomas de Maiziere,

Germany’s Interior Minister Denies Claims on Deceit Over NSA Spying

Germany’s Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere denied on Wednesday allegations that he had deceived country’s lawmakers by hiding information on National Security Agency (NSA) spying practices in Germany, the minister’s statement said. On Sunday, Bild am Sonntag newspaper reported that in 2008 de Maiziere was

UK surveillance court to rule on major privacy case

A British intelligence tribunal is due to rule on a major privacy case relating to Libyan dissident Abdel Hakim Belhaj and alleged government spying on confidential conversations with his lawyers. Belhaj’s legal representatives brought his case to the Investigatory Powers Tribunal (IPT) after secret documents

McConnell’s Snowden amnesia bill extends NSA snooping: Column

Two years ago, Edward Snowden’s revelations about the National Security Agency’s mass surveillance of Americans led to public outcry and widespread demand for Congress to take action. This week, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. answered the call — not with reforms, but with a

New encrypted email even the government can’t read

Email privacy used to be a big concern for Cal Tech professor Maria Spiropulu. “Whenever I was writing email, I was thinking that I was basically putting it as a headline in a newspaper,” she told CBS News’ Danielle Nottingham. But for two years, she’s

Encrypting Your Laptop Like You Mean It

Time and again, people are told there is one obvious way to mitigate privacy threats of all sorts, from mass government surveillance to pervasive online tracking to cybercriminals: Encryption. As President Obama put it earlier this year, speaking in between his administration’s attacks on encryption,

NSA surveillance since Snowden revelations is strong as ever

A Thycotic survey of 202 RSA Conference 2015 attendees found that 94% feel that NSA’s surveillance of U.S. citizens has increased or remained the same since Edward Snowden leaked classified information from the agency in June 2013. Following widespread calls for increased oversight and information-gathering

Whistleblowers Back ‘Surveillance State Repeal Act’

There is no sign of an end to the erosion of Constitutional liberties that began under George W. Bush after the 9/11 attacks and continues under Barack Obama, a group of seven national security whistleblowers said Monday. “The government chose in great secrecy to unchain

Number of Security Clearance Holders Drops 12 Percent

The number of individuals holding government-issued security clearances at the end of fiscal 2014 was 12 percent lower than the previous year, according to a new report, marking a successful effort by federal agencies to cut the number of employees and contractors with access to

Declassified: Officials clashed over spy program

The Intelligence Community declassified a 2009 report by five Inspectors General detailing the origins of the bulk information gathering program — known as the President’s Surveillance Program — created in the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. The now-unclassified — though heavily redacted

Bush-era AG kept Congress in dark on infighting over warrantless spying

Alberto Gonzales, a U.S. attorney general in the George W. Bush administration, misled Congress by downplaying a dispute the White House and the Justice Department over the legality of the National Security Agency’s warrantless spying program, according to previously classified documents. The documents – released

Wiretapping scandal reached the German intelligence

New allegations raised in the framework of the wiretapping scandal happened between the US and Germany eyes of the German intelligence service was translated bnd’y. According to the German media claims that American intelligence NSA, he used to listen to bnd’y politicians and companies in

Citizenfour: A Glimpse into the Workings of Edward Snowden

Remember the NSA leaks of 2013? As an average U.S. citizen, what I knew of the NSA scandal was fairly surficial: some Joe named Snowden released information about the NSA unlawfully spying on citizens and corporations. Naturally, the U.S government wasn’t entirely ecstatic about the

On BND scandal irritate especially the big names

With all due respect for the pleasure of scandal: Non Western intelligence agencies are at risk, but the IS-terrorism. A little more backbone against the NSA could, however, show the Germans. The Americans have led the BND for treason twelve or ten years ago? You

What’s going on in Wisconsin violates basic American rights

If the notion of wielding the IRS as a weapon against political enemies or wiretapping the Associated Press does not bother you; if the NSA’s pervasive eavesdropping or Barack Obama’s lawless presidency does not make you nuts, what happened in Wisconsin will seem like, well,

‘Citizenfour’ discloses big brothers everywhere

Edward Snowden is a familiar name to us all. He is the poster boy for anyone paranoid of privacy breaches and data collecting in the age of social media and technology, having shown that their paranoia is more than justified. He is the hero for