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Infosec experts boycott RSA conflab over alleged 'secret' NSA contract  08 January 2014 
Source: The Register UK - Posted by Dave Wreski   
More security researchers are boycotting next month's US edition of the RSA Conference in protest against an alleged "secret deal" the company is said to have struck with the National Security Agency.
 
Glenn Greenwald: ‘A Lot’ More NSA Documents to Come  06 January 2014 
Source: Wired - Posted by Dave Wreski   
Nearly seven months after journalist and privacy activist Glenn Greenwald publicized Edward Snowden’s first revelations of the vast scope of the NSA’s digital surveillance, his life has changed absolutely.
 
Operation Vula  30 December 2013 
Source: Schneier on Security - Posted by Dave Wreski   
"Talking to Vula" is the story of a 1980s secret communications channel between black South African leaders and others living in exile in the UK. The system used encrypted text encoded into DTMF "touch tones" and transmitted from pay phones.
 
Snowden: Dear Brazil, the NSA is watching you  18 December 2013 
Source: CNET - Posted by Alex   
Edward Snowden has written an extensive open letter to the people of Brazil to discuss his findings and ultimately seek asylum.
 
The NSA Is Coming to Town, So Encrypt for Goodness’ Sake  16 December 2013 
Source: Wired - Posted by Dave Wreski   
NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden is getting coal for Christmas. That’s according to this 2-minute video just released by the ACLU portraying Santa as an NSA snoop. “They’re watching almost every electronic device. The NSA is coming to town.” Ho. Ho. Ho. Happy Holidays!
 
Cops and Feds Routinely ‘Dump’ Cell Towers to Track Everyone Nearby  13 December 2013 
Source: Wired - Posted by Alex   
The nation’s mobile phone carriers received more than 9,000 requests last year for cell-tower dumps, which identify every mobile phone at a particular location and time, often by the thousands.
 
NSA uses Google cookies to pinpoint targets for hacking  12 December 2013 
Source: Washington Post - Posted by Alex   
The National Security Agency is secretly piggybacking on the tools that enable Internet advertisers to track consumers, using "cookies" and location data to pinpoint targets for government hacking and to bolster surveillance.
 
Show us a better way than collecting metadata, NSA director says to critics  12 December 2013 
Source: Network World - Posted by Alex   
Critics of the U.S. National Security Agency's bulk collection of U.S. residents' telephone records should offer a better way to track terrorists and protect the country against attacks, the agency's director said Wednesday.
 
How These 5 Dirtbags Radically Advanced Your Digital Rights  11 December 2013 
Source: Wired - Posted by Alex   
Bad facts make bad law, the saying goes. But sometimes, bad people make good law. Consider the following exhibits: a cocaine dealer, a child pornographer, a purveyor of suspect penis-enlargement pills, and two accused hackers.
 
NSA Spying on Online Gaming Worlds  10 December 2013 
Source: Schneier on Security - Posted by Alex   
he NSA is spying on chats in World of Warcraft and other games. There's lots of information -- and a good source document. While it's fun to joke about the NSA and elves and dwarves from World of Warcraft, this kind of surveillance makes perfect sense.
 
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