A new report from corporate watchdog Essential Information titled “Spooky Business” details how American corporations such as Wal-Mart, Coca-Cola, Bank of America, McDonalds, and Shell are allegedly spying on nonprofits in the environmental, consumer safety, pesticide control, gun control, and animal rights areas.
Silk Road 2.0 just came out, and no, this isn’t the movie. The “dark-web” marketplace has been resurrected after its first version was shut down by the FBI last month.
A brand-new website, NSA Haiku, takes words from the NSA’s watchlist of bad words and mixes them up to create weird and wonderful mashups of seditious and subversive haiku. From the resulting works of art, it’s clear that those NSA spooks are very interested in sex and suspicious packages.
“The president, the NSA, and their lawyers have tried to deflect public outrage by distorting the facts and misleading the public about the process,” LIlly says.
The newest search engine in the world is hidden in the shadows of the Internet, but it shines a light on those shadows that ordinary search engines like Google, Bing, and DuckDuckGo can’t.
It’s a marketing campaign –that has had the entire Bay Area technorati talking — for BitTorrent’s new store-in-the-file product for artists … a file format called BitTorrent Bundles where the art is the cash register, and sharing is a form of currency, not a form of theft.
Bitcoin users are pissed and retaliating after the FBI seized their digital currency as part of its case against underground marketplace Silk Road.
The U.S. Department of Justice filed a motion in the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court today opposing tech companies’ bid to disclose to their users that the government is spying on their data.
From the mind of eccentric playboy John McAfee — founder of McAfee Antivirus — comes a “new and revolutionary technology” that will reclaim our lost privacy, he says, and restore the capability of college students to get all the free movies and music they want.
Two out of five software engineers working on big data solutions say that government agencies are tracking the data they’re collecting.
“That’s the beauty of the scam,” Segura told me. “You’re not actually infected — they make you think that you are, and most users believe it — and that’s the trick.”
New documents reveal the government has tripled its Skype communications collection.
In the wake of revelations about PRISM, Facebook releases more information about government requests for user data, but Google said its measures aren’t going far enough.
Facebook is reportedly talking with the DOJ and FBI in order to get permission to publish data requests associated with national security.
When Edward Snowden leaked the news about PRISM, we thought it was just 9 U.S. companies that were sharing customers’ data with the National Security Agency (NSA). Now it looks like literally thousands of technology, finance, and manufacturing firms are working with the NSA, CIA, FBI, and branches of the U.S. military.
All the unnecessary trouble and bother over this silly little NSA unconstitutionally spying on Americans thing would be gone and forgotten in a moment, if only — silly us — we knew how to count.
Google sent a letter to the U.S. Attorney General and FBI today asking for permission to include secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act orders in its transparency reports.
A newly released poll found that fifty-six percent of Americans find the National Security Agency’s secret tracking of our telephone records “acceptable” and sixty-two percent think it is more important for the government to investigate threats, even if it intrudes on privacy.
The director of national intelligence is not pleased that information about two U.S. surveillance efforts have leaked to the public. Though, many are concerned the programs collect information on U.S. citizens, Director Clapper says it’s completely legal.
Editor’s Pick Google filed a petition resisting government requests to provide private information about its users, but last week a U.S. judge rejected the petition and ordered the company to comply with secret demands.
Apple said in a statement that it has never heard of PRISM, the NSA’s now-public alleged homeland surveillance project.
“We do not provide any government organization with direct access to Facebook servers,” siad a Facebook rep. Google says it doesn’t even have any knowledge of the PRISM program. So who’s not telling the truth?
“That’s the kind of word game they play,” ex-NSA chief Bill Binney said also at Def Con. “There’s absolutely no excuse for him even implying that he’s not collecting all this data.”
The Washington Post reported today that a number of tech companies are participating in a top secret data mining program for the FBI and NSA, dubbed PRISM.
In its ongoing quest to right some of the wrongs caused by Windows XP, Microsoft has taken down another massive botnot.
Guest Post The media can continue to ridicule the “sexting app” that so many young people are using, but they are entirely missing the point. The same generation being blamed for the supposed “death of privacy” has become wiser than those who are criticizing them.
“Despite the Bush years of let’s go play in another war, there’s a very tight, close alliance between Canada and the USA,” says Rick Segal, CEO of Canadian startup Fixmo.
Editor’s Pick Camera evidence has provided key information in the case against the Boston bombing suspects.
A crowdsourced attempt to identify suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing failed to finger the suspects that the FBI considers most important.
Google is resisting a national security letter (NSL) from the FBI demanding that it offer up private information about its users.
National Security Letters allow the government to secretly request information about you from companies you’re associated with. A judge ruled them unconstitutional today.
Skype calls use 256-bit advanced encryption by default, but that’s not secure enough for some people. So a prof at the Warsaw University of Technology has created a way to communicate even more privately on Skype — by using silence.
Last week Anonymous claimed it plucked 12 million unique identifiers associated with iPhones from an FBI laptop. Today, however, a Florida publishing company says it was actually its servers that were hacked.
It’s been a crazy week and we didn’t get to a few good news bits that we think you need to know. Here are our top 5 picks for stories that you really must read this weekend.
Apple responded today to the hack on 12 million UDIDs, or the unique number associated with iOS devices, after hacker collective Anonymous said the bounty was stolen from an FBI laptop.
The Federal Bureau of Investigations says Anonymous is lying about retrieving 12 million UDIDs, or the unique identifiers associated with Apple mobile devices, from an agency laptop.