Monthly Archives: September 2015

Intelexit campaign asks NSA and GCHQ employees to quit jobs

A group of privacy campaigners called Intelexit is encouraging employees of the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) and the UK Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) to quit their jobs and consider the morality of their work as spies. Berlin-based Intelexit started the campaign on Monday by

These German artists tried to convince NSA employees to quit

“Hoped to serve your people? Ended up spying on them? Exit intelligence.” These were the messages on billboards that appeared on Monday outside of the headquarters of the National Security Agency (NSA) at Fort Meade, Md. According to photographer Ben Grad, who accompanied a van

Twitter signs Edward Snowden to write for them for free

Former NSA sysadmin Edward Snowden, famed for leaking colossal quantities of secret government information to selected journalists, has decided to supply free content to microblurt advertising platform Twitter. Increasingly comfortable in Russian exile, it seems – while reportedly still seeking asylum elsewhere – the one-time

Whistleblower Edward Snowden Joins Twitter, Twitter Goes Wild

The biggest news story of the day? Edward Snowden’s initiation into the Twittersphere. And the whistleblower received a pretty warm welcome. At long last, NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden joined the rank and file of Twitter on Tuesday afternoon. His online arrival quickly became a trending

Final Countdown for Facebook Data Privacy Ruling

The final countdown to one of the biggest ever Internet privacy cases has begun. On October 6 2015, the consequences of whistle-blower Edward Snowden’s actions could be felt by the United States and Europe based on the outcome of the case of Max Schrems and

Edward Snowden Is On Twitter: @Snowden

Edward Snowden isn’t just a hashtag anymore. The NSA whistleblower joined Twitter on Tuesday, using the @snowden Twitter handle. Snowden, who has lived in Russia since turning over a trove of top-secret documents to reporters more than two years ago, has remained in the public

Edward Snowden joins Twitter: ‘Can you hear me now?’

Since the first story of the National Security Agency’s mass surveillance of Verizon phone records broke in June 2013, the source of the information, former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, has rarely been out of the public eye for long. He has been interviewed around the

Jeb Bush is the ultimate anti-internet candidate

Do you want to live in a country where Internet Service Providers can slow down and censor your internet traffic at will, where the NSA has vastly more power than it does today and where end-to-end encryption may be illegal? Then Jeb Bush is the

Obama brain trust sidesteps mandatory hackers’ backdoor idea

An Obama administration working group mulled four mechanisms for breaking the encrypted smartphones of terrorist and criminal suspects before rejecting them all as too politically fraught or impractical. While planting backdoors was “technically feasible”, each method risked becoming a focus of attacks by third parties

NSA chief admits risk in decrypting smartphone data

Adm. Mike Rogers has long posited that strong encryption on consumer devices hampers law enforcement and intelligence work. But on Thursday he acknowledged the possible security downside of one proposed way for the government to decrypt data on consumer devices. National Security Agency Director Adm.

NSA needs metadata collection program, spy agency chief says

The director of the US National Security Agency has told senators that preventing the NSA from collecting metadata about citizens would undermine the agency’s surveillance activities. US Navy Admiral Michael Rogers made the remarks during his testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday. Rogers

NSA: Clinton’s Email Setup Was Ripe for the Hacking

The head of the NSA on Thursday said Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email for official business as secretary of state represented an “opportunity” for foreign intelligence agencies. “From a foreign intelligence perspective, that would represent opportunity,” Admiral Michael Rogers testified before the Senate

Secret Surveillance Court Picks First Outsider To Get a Look In

The shadowy Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court has appointed its first “friend of the court” to add an outsider’s perspective to the highly secretive process of approving surveillance requests from the government. Preston Burton, a criminal defense attorney known for his work with accused spies, is

Watch Your Phone: US Developing Ways to Decipher Encrypted Communications

US President Barack Obama’s working group has attempted to develop methods to decrypt smartphone communications, according to a draft memo obtained by The Washington Post. US agencies, including the Department of Justice and the National Security Agency, attempted to persuade companies to implement so-called “back-doors,”