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‘SSL added and removed here’ – Google mocks NSA in crypto code easter egg

by: J. Angelo RacomaJune 7, 2014


It’s an open secret that the NSA is keeping tabs on Internet users through various means. Whistleblower Edward Snowden’s revelations suggest that the agency does not even have to take an active role in eavesdropping, as it’s the Internet and tech companies that do this for them. Case in point: Vodafone recently published a transparency report, indicating the means and methods through which governments are spying through telecom networks.

Google is actually one of the companies that have been used by spy agencies in their data mining efforts. In particular, the movement of information between datacenters can be the chink in the armor [...]

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AT&T and Verizon received government data requests every 60 seconds

by: William Neilson JrMay 6, 2014
In their first-ever transparency reports, Verizon and AT&T combined received an equivalent of 1.2 requests every minute: AT&T reported receiving 301,816 requests for user data from state, local and federal authorities. Verizon reported receiving 321,545 requests for user data from state, local and federal authorities.
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Verizon selling even more privacy data to marketing agencies, opt-out terms unclear

by: William Neilson JrApril 28, 2014
Verizon is “enhancing” their Relevant Mobile Advertising program, allowing Verizon to collect and hand over your online habits to marketers with creppy precision.
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Google researching ways to add PGP encryption to Gmail

by: Gary SimsApril 22, 2014
A Google employee has let it slip that Google is researching ways to streamline the use of PGP/GPG with Gmail. Google has "research underway to improve the usability of PGP with Gmail,” said the employee.
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Smartphone users are unwitting participants to widespread surveillance effort, says security expert

by: J. Angelo RacomaApril 11, 2014

The ubiquity of mobile devices has prompted government agencies to piggyback on corporate efforts to collect our information all in the name of marketing, says security expert Bruce Schneier.

Depending on which study you reference, smartphone penetration in the US reportedly ranges from 62 percent to 71 percent, according to analytics firms like comScore and NPD. Regardless of the actual figures, one thing is for sure: smartphones, tablets and wearable devices like smartwatches and smart glasses are gaining ground among consumers.

The convenient fact is that these devices offer an unprecedented level of connectedness among users, that we are plugged into the [...]

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NSA stole Huawei’s source code, could have added back doors

by: Gary SimsMarch 29, 2014
The NSA ran an operation code-named "Shotgiant" which targeted the Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei. One aim of the project was to add back doors to Huawei products. Then, when Huawei sold its equipment to other countries the NSA could easily gain access to their networks and conduct surveillance operations.
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New video details how Google responds to U.S. search warrants

by: Andrew GrushMarch 28, 2014
Ever wonder how Google handles a request for user information via an U.S. search warrant? In a new video, Google illustrates the entire process.
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5 Android apps you shouldn’t miss this week [Google Play Weekly]

by: Joe HindyJanuary 31, 2014
This week we talk about a new Star Wars card game, the NSA using Angry Birds to obtain personal data about players, building things with Legos in Chrome, and of course five more apps you don't want to miss this week!
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NSA uses Angry Birds and other smartphone apps to collect user data

by: Andrew GrushJanuary 27, 2014
According to a new report, the NSA and British GCHQ have been trading methods for spying on smartphone apps since 2007. Apps specifically mentioned include Angry Birds, Google Maps and several others.
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The NSA’s catalog of spy gear shows how it hacks computers

by: Gary SimsJanuary 2, 2014
New revelations about the NSA show that the agency has sophisticated surveillance gadgets including a USB stick that can eavesdrop. Since the spies also have custom BIOS versions for PCs, the question is raised: is Android immune?
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