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University hacker loses plea to slash jail term  06 August 2013 
Source: This is Oxfordshire - Posted by Alex   
A COMPUTER hacker who brought Oxford University’s website to its knees yesterday lost a bid to cut his prison sentence.
 
Bradley Manning and "hacker madness" scare tactic  02 August 2013 
Source: New Scientist - Posted by Dave Wreski   
US Army private Bradley Manning was convicted on 19 counts, including charges under the Espionage Act and the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act for leaking approximately 700,000 government documents to WikiLeaks.
 
NSA secrets kill our trust  01 August 2013 
Source: CNN Security - Posted by Dave Wreski   
In July 2012, responding to allegations that the video-chat service Skype -- owned by Microsoft -- was changing its protocols to make it possible for the government to eavesdrop on users, Corporate Vice President Mark Gillett took to the company's blog to deny it.
 
NSA chief asks a skeptical crowd of hackers to help agency do its job  01 August 2013 
Source: Washington Post - Posted by Dave Wreski   
Gen. Keith B. Alexander, director of the National Security Agency, stood in front of a standing-room-only crowd Wednesday, selling the idea of government surveillance programs.
 
Verdict in Manning trial to be read Tuesday  29 July 2013 
Source: CNN Security - Posted by Dave Wreski   
After spending three years in custody, the man accused of the largest leak of classified information in U.S. history will learn Tuesday whether he has been found guilty of aiding the enemy.
 
Obama's Continuing War Against Leakers  29 July 2013 
Source: Schneier on Security - Posted by Dave Wreski   
The Obama Administration has a comprehensive "insider threat" program to detect leakers from within government. This is pre-Snowden. Not surprisingly, the combination of profiling and "see something, say something" is unlikely to work.
 
NSA Implements Two-Man Control for Sysadmins  24 July 2013 
Source: Schneier on Security - Posted by Dave Wreski   
In an effort to lock the barn door after the horse has escaped, the NSA is implementing two-man control for sysadmins: NSA chief Keith Alexander said his agency had implemented a "two-man rule," under which any system administrator like Snowden could only access or move key information with another administrator present. With some 15,000 sites to fix, Alexander said, it would take time to spread across the whole agency.
 
Microsoft urges US Attorney General to allow releasing info on NSA requests  18 July 2013 
Source: RT - Posted by Dave Wreski   
Microsoft’s general counsel has written to the US Attorney General Eric Holder saying that the secrecy regarding the National Security Agency (NSA) surveillance is damaging the “constitutional principles” of America.
 
NSA leak fallout: LIVE UPDATES  08 July 2013 
Source: RT - Posted by Alex   
Former CIA employee Edward Snowden has carried out one of the biggest leaks in US history, exposing a top-secret NSA surveillance program to the media. Leading tech companies were revealed to be involved in intelligence gathering through PRISM spy tool.
 
Security-Enhanced Android: NSA Edition  05 July 2013 
Source: BusinessWeek - Posted by Dave Wreski   
Tech giants listed as part of the National Security Agency’s Prism spying program have gone to some lengths to convince the world they aren’t in bed with the U.S. government. Google (GOOG) has filed a request with the U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act court asking permission to disclose more information about the government’s data requests.
 
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