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Feds Drop Most Charges Against Anonymous Spokesman Barrett Brown

last yearNews : Threat Level

Federal prosecutors in Texas have moved to drop all but one of the thirteen charges against internet agitator, Barrett Brown, a self-identified former spokesman for Anonymous.

Police Contract With Spy Tool Maker Explicitly Prohibits Talking About Device’s Use

2 years agoNews : Threat Level

A non-disclosure agreement that police departments around the country have been signing for years with the maker of a cell-phone spy tool explicitly prohibits the law enforcement agencies from telling anyone, including other government bodies, about their use of the...

Sprint Accused of Overcharging Feds Millions for Wiretapping Expenses

2 years agoNews : Threat Level

The President Barack Obama administration accused Sprint today of overcharging the government more than $21 million in wiretapping expenses.

Florida Cops’ Secret Weapon: Warrantless Cell Phone Tracking

2 years agoNews : Threat Level

Police in Florida used a controversial cell phone tracking gadget without telling a judge because they felt bound by a non-disclosure agreement with the manufacturer of the device, according to newly obtained court evidence.

Google Files Emergency Motion To Restore Anti-Muslim YouTube Video

2 years agoNews : Threat Level

Google-owned YouTube is urging a federal appeals court to allow it to re-post an inflammatory trailer from its popular video-sharing site, arguing that the media giant and the public “will suffer irreparable harm to their First Amendment and other constitutional...

Feds Refuse to Release Public Comments on NSA Reform — Citing Privacy

2 years agoNews : Threat Level

The President Barack Obama administration has received 28 proposals from corporations with ideas for managing the NSA’s massive database of U.S. phone call metadata. But don’t expect to see the proposals any time soon. The government says it won’t release...

After Backdoor Scandal, RSA Chief Says NSA Should Be Split In Two

2 years agoNews : Threat Level

In an atmosphere of distrust and anger, the CEO of security giant RSA took the stage this morning to address recent controversies around his company's work with the NSA, and its years-long support of an algorithm suspected of containing an...

Bitcoin Exchange Mt. Gox Goes Offline Amid Allegations of $350 Million Hack

2 years agoNews : Threat Level

Mt. Gox, once the world’s largest bitcoin exchange, has gone offline, apparently after losing hundreds of millions of dollars due to a years-long hacking effort that went unnoticed by the company.

iPhone’s Security Bug is a Sleek, Elegant ‘Goto Fail’

2 years agoNews : Threat Level

Like everything else on the iPhone, the critical crypto flaw announced in iOS 7 yesterday turns out to be a study in simplicity and elegant design: a single spurious “goto” in one part of Apple’s authentication code that accidentally bypasses...

Why AT&T’s Surveillance Report Omits 80 Million NSA Targets

2 years agoNews : Threat Level

AT&T released its first "Transparency Report" this week concerning U.S. government surveillance of its customers. But to those familiar with the leaks from NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, Ma Bell’s numbers come up short by more than 80 million spied-upon customers....

Reading Between the Lines of Redacted NSA Documents

2 years agoNews : Threat Level

Following the leaks of NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, the U.S. government has released a treasure trove of classified documents in a bid to quell public dissent. But answers to key questions about NSA surveillance have been blacked out from these...

How America’s Soldiers Fight for the Spectrum on the Battlefield

2 years agoNews : Threat Level

Communications, navigation, battlefield logistics, precision munitions—all of these depend on complete and unfettered access to the spectrum, territory that must be vigilantly defended from enemy combatants. Yet despite the importance of this crucial resource, America’s grip on the spectrum has...

In the Middle East, Arabic Wikipedia Is a Flashpoint — And a Beacon

2 years agoNews : Threat Level

Far more than a translation of its English counterpart, Arabic Wikipedia has 690,000 registered users who’ve authored more than 240,000 articles. Many of the articles reflect a Middle Eastern worldview entirely different from the Western one, and their writers navigate...

Top U.S. Spy Claims ‘Terrorists are Going to School’ on Snowden Leaks

2 years agoNews : Threat Level

The nation’s adversaries are changing their communication behavior in the wake of the leaks by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, James Clapper, the director of national intelligence claimed today. “We’re beginning to see changes in the communications behavior of adversaries: particularly...

Hacked X-Rays Could Slip Guns Past Airport Security

2 years agoNews : Threat Level

Security scanners used by airports around the country to detect weapons and other banned items in carryon luggage can be manipulated to conceal items from screeners, according to two researchers who examined the system.

How Obama Officials Cried ‘Terrorism’ to Cover Up a Paperwork Error

2 years agoNews : Threat Level

After seven years of litigation, two trips to a federal appeals court and $3.8 million worth of lawyer time, the public has finally learned why a wheelchair-bound Stanford University scholar was cuffed, detained and denied a flight from San Francisco...

Spy Malware ‘The Mask’ Has Spanish Roots

2 years agoNews : Threat Level

Researchers have uncovered a sophisticated cyber spying operation that has been alive since at least 2007 and uses techniques and code that surpass any nation-state spyware previously spotted in the wild.

Why a Railroad Merger May Get the Supreme Court to Rule on NSA Spying

2 years agoNews : Threat Level

In legal circles, the biggest "off the board" bet going is whether the Supreme Court this term will decide the constitutionality of the NSA’s bulk telephone metadata program, and resolve the issue once and for all. Virtually every expert agrees...

FBI Checks Wrong Box, Places Student on No-Fly List

2 years agoNews : Threat Level

The government contested a former Stanford University student's assertion that she was wrongly placed on a no-fly list for seven years in court despite knowing an FBI official put her on the list by mistake because he checked the "wrong...

The New Snowden Revelation Is Dangerous for Anonymous — And for All of Us

2 years agoNews : Threat Level

The latest Snowden-related revelation is that Britain's Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) proactively targeted the communications infrastructure used by the online activist collective known as Anonymous.

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