Monthly Archives: March 2016

A Conversation on Privacy

The balance between national security and government intrusion on the rights of private citizens will be the topic of a panel discussion featuring renowned linguist and MIT professor Noam Chomsky, NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, and Intercept co-founding editor Glenn Greenwald. Nuala O’Connor, president and CEO

Snowden ‘more helpful than dangerous’ says ex-Colin Powell aide

The leaks from NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden about US worldwide surveillance have helped rather than harmed America, and the leaks haven’t endangered lives. Lawrence “Larry” Wilkerson, the former chief of staff to Secretary of State Colin Powell in the last Bush administration, said that he

NSA Will Spy for Local Cops Under New Obama Administration Rules

New rules under development by the Obama administration will take data collected by the NSA, supposedly for “counter-terrorism” and put it into the hands of other federal agencies and even your local law enforcement for everyday use. Proponents of federal spying inevitably defend any objection

Snowden: US Government ‘Completely Unrestrained’

Edward Snowden said that the US government operates outside the law and is completely unrestrained in its monitoring activities on all Americans. The US government operates outside the law and is completely unrestrained in its monitoring activities on all Americans, former US National Security Agency

Snowden: ‘The Brussels Attack Was Preventable’

Edward Snowden claims that this week’s terror bomb attacks in Brussels that killed over 30 people and injured hundreds of others were preventable through traditional intelligence service. This week’s terror bomb attacks in Brussels that killed over 30 people and injured hundreds of others were

Clinton Pressed NSA to Modify Unsecure Devices for Government Use

Communications between the US National Security Agency (NSA) and then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton show she repeatedly tried to obtain unsecure devices for use in government business, according to emails released by the US Department of State. Despite prior security concerns and cost, the NSA

Flaw in iMessage encryption revealed by researchers

The flaw, which will be fixed by iOS 9.3, allows the encryption key used by the messaging service to be guessed by a determined attacker. Researchers at Johns Hopkins University have cracked the encryption on Apple’s iMessage service, proving that a skilled attacker is capable

Pentagon likely destroyed evidence in NSA whistle-blower case

A federal watchdog has concluded that the Pentagon inspector general’s office may have improperly destroyed evidence during the high-profile leak prosecution of former National Security Agency official Thomas Drake. The Office of Special Counsel, which is charged with protecting federal employees who provide information on

Snowden used free software because he didn’t trust Microsoft

The Free Software Foundation’s LibrePlanet 2016 conference, Edward Snowden credited free software with enabling him to blow the whistle about government surveillance. Speaking via video link from Russia, the former NSA contractor said that “what happened in 2013 couldn’t have happened without free software”. But

Snowden Warns World Against Trusting Privacy to Tech Giants Like Microsoft

The whistleblower who exposed the totality of the America’s mass domestic surveillance program suggested that users should look to free and open source software to preserve their privacy. On Saturday, NSA whistleblower spoke to the Free Software Foundation’s LibrePlanet2016 conference regarding free software, cybersecurity, and

Edward Snowden’s tips on personal privacy in a wired world

Edward Snowden has provided advice on reasonably straightforward ways that people can protect their online privacy. Snowden, who is living in Russia after revealing details of classified US government surveillance programmes, said security was important to reclaim a level of privacy. “Because when you think

Spanish Authorities Conduct Large-Scale Surveillance on Residents

Spanish government is among authorities, which are spying on residents through their phone calls, text messages and browsing history, former US intelligence contractor Edward Snowden said. The Spanish authorities are spying on the country’s residents through their phone calls, text messages and browsing history, as

NSA Privacy Concerns Assert Serious Federal Sidestep

You don’t have to be a terrorist anymore. NSA data sharing is on course to be routinely used for domestic policing that has nothing to do with terrorism. No, for real. In a March 2012 letter to the attorney general, Sens. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and

Watch Thy Neighbor

To prevent whistleblowing, U.S. intelligence agencies are instructing staff to spy on their colleagues. Elham Khorasani was sitting in her car at a stoplight in Northern Virginia when she got the call. It was April 16, 2013. “I’m with the FBI,” a man on the