Monthly Archives: January 2016

NSA faces congressional probe over Juniper backdoor vulnerability

US lawmakers have launched an investigation following the discovery of unauthorized code in firewall software from Juniper Networks. The probe will examine the possibility that the software was altered by the National Security Agency. Juniper warned its customers in December that a review of the

Rep. Mike Pompeo wants to revive mass surveillance program

A Kansas lawmaker wants the nation’s spies to get back their access to mass surveillance data that allowed the federal government to track communications of potential terrorists. And that’s not all: U.S. Rep. Mike Pompeo, a Republican from Wichita, says that eventually he wants the

Edward Snowden reaches the White House as a Snowman

The famous NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, wanted in the US on charges of espionage, has found his way to the White House in the form of a prank snowman. A smiling Snowden snowman was recently spotted in front of the White House when crafty political

Tor Project moves to lessen dependency on US gov’t

The Tor Project has raised $200,000 from more than 5,000 supporters in roughly two months’ time from its crowdfunding campaign. The site providing anonymous communication was criticized for receiving government funding. Tor is an open-source software that shields its users’ browsing and correspondence from network

Is the U.S. Government Hacking into Twitter Accounts?

In early December 2015, a small group of Twitter users received an email informing them that state-sponsored hackers may have tried to obtain sensitive data from their accounts. It was the first time the micro-blogging site had warned of such attacks and formed part of

On Eve of Being Snowed in, DC Gets Hit by Snowden

On the eve of DC shutting down entirely over what is expected to be a historic blizzard, Edward Snowden could not resist throwing a dad joke at the government. The city is essentially shutting down; federal workers were sent home at noon and the metro

The NSA Can Spy on You With or Without Encryption

The leaders controlling the US surveillance apparatus can’t agree on encryption. FBI Director Comey has hysterically characterized it as a safe haven for evil-doers. A high-ranking Department of Justice official insisted that encryption could cause a child to die. Meanwhile, the National Security Agency’s leaders

NSA Chief Stakes Out Pro-Encryption Position, in Contrast to FBI

National Security Agency Director Adm. Mike Rogers said Thursday that “encryption is foundational to the future,” and arguing about it is a waste of time. Speaking to the Atlantic Council, a Washington, D.C., think tank, Rogers stressed that the cybersecurity battles the U.S. is destined

UK anti-terror legislation ripe for abuse – Liberty

Authorities in the UK have the power to abuse anti-terror legislation and deprive journalists of their right to freedom of expression, human rights group Liberty has said in the wake of the watershed Court of Appeal ruling on David Miranda’s detention. In an article for

EU Anti-Trust Chief Warns Google, Amazon Over Data Hoarding

The European Union’s anti-trust chief Margrethe Vestager has said that the hoarding of data by big tech giants like Google or Amazon could violate internal market rules, as a deadline for agreeing new rules approaches. Although Vestager holds no brief for privacy issues, her views

US agency says new phone spying program meets privacy safeguards

A new system for collecting domestic telephone records meets several privacy and civil liberties benchmarks, the US National Security Agency said. The programme, which some Republican presidential hopefuls have criticised because they say it puts Americans at greater risk of attack by Islamic State and