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Lincoln: The Birth of Electronic Evesdropping

Edward Snowden’s revelations about the NSA, PRISM, and the US government’s broad surveillance tactics were shocking to many people — but maybe they shouldn’t have been. There’s plenty of precedent, says David T. Z. Mindich for the New York Times, dating all the way back to Abraham Lincoln and the


Greenwald: “World will be Shocked” Concerning Next Release of NSA Spying Activity

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Obama administration’s objective with Snowden is “to intimidate future whistleblowers from coming forward”

“The world will be shocked” by the next story on the National Security Agency’s vast spying operations, said Glenn Greenwald, the Guardian journalist leading the exposure—made possible by leaks from whistleblower Edward Snowden—of the agency’s far-reaching surveillance.

Glenn Greenwald (R) speaking with


Kerry Implies U.S. Spying is Business as Usual

French President Francois Hollande is demanding that the United States immediately stop its alleged eavesdropping of the European Union.

In this picture, taken Saturday June 29, 2013, a demonstrator protests with a poster against NSA in Hanover, Germany. Germany’s top justice official says reports that U.S. intelligence bugged European Union offices remind her of


Snowden Releases Info Implicating Britain in Pervasive Spying

Detail of a top secret briefing to GCHQ intelligence analysts about Tempora program.

According to new documents provided by Edward Snowden to The Guardian newspaper (but not, as yet, published in full), the British signals intelligence organization, known as the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), has the “ability to


Leaked Documents Expose Canada as Spying on G20 Attendees

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Leaked documents suggest Canada helped the United States and Britain spy on participants at the London G20 summit four years ago.

Britain’s Guardian newspaper says spies monitored the computers and intercepted the phone calls of foreign politicians and officials at two G20 meetings in London in 2009.

The paper says the effort included penetration


How Spy Agency Contractors Have Already Abused Their Power

“I, sitting at my desk, certainly had the authority to wiretap anyone, from you, or your accountant, to a federal judge, to even the president if I had a personal email.” —Edward Snowden, Booz Allen Hamilton whistleblower, during his interview with The Guardian.

Could the sprawling surveillance state enable government or its


IRS Ordering Spy Equipment


The IRS, currently in the midst of scandals involving the targeting of conservative groups and lavish taxpayer-funded conferences, is ordering surveillance equipment that includes hidden cameras in coffee trays, plants and clock radios.

The IRS wants to secure the surveillance equipment quickly – it posted a solicitation on June 6 and is looking to


Slides Detailing Prism Program

The Guardian and The Washington Post have both been leaked a 41-slide NSA presentation on a program called PRISM, which — according to the slides — gives the spy agency (part of the US military) “direct access” to the servers of the biggest Internet companies in America, including Google, Facebook, Apple,


Whitehouse Admits Incredible Expanse of Online Spying

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THE White House has confirmed that US intelligence agencies have been collecting data held by Facebook, Google, Apple and other web giants for nearly six years in a bid to ward off threats to national security.

The confirmation of a “classified program” giving agents access to material stored by some of the biggest internet


Judge Orders Compliance: Google Warrantless Spying

A legal battle between Google and the United States Department of Justice is heating up as the Internet behemoth challenges the Obama administration’s warrantless requests for personal user data.

Google has been opposing the National Security Letters, or NSLs, documents sent to telecommunication companies in secret that compel them to provide information about subscribers


Bypassing CISPA: Pentagon Pushes for Unacknowledged Internet Surveillance

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Scared that CISPA might pass? The federal government is already using a secretive cybersecurity program to monitor online traffic and enforce CISPA-like data sharing between Internet service providers and the Department of Defense.

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The Electronic Privacy Information Center has obtained over 1,000 pages of documents pertaining to the United States government’s use


Disneyland Spied on Job Applicants

Former gendarmes were allegedly paid to get secret information from police and justice department files

Euro Disney, the company that runs Disneyland Paris, and two former gendarmes have been taken to court in France for using alleged spying tactics on candidates who applied for jobs at the theme park.

The case at


IRS Quietly Upgrades Tracking Technology


The Internal Revenue Service is collecting a lot more than taxes this year — it’s also acquiring a huge volume of personal information on taxpayers’ digital activities, from eBay auctions to Facebook posts and, for the first time ever, credit card and e-payment transaction records, as it expands its search for tax cheats to places


Leaked documents: Venezuelan intelligence spying on local Jewish community


Intelligence agencies in Caracas are working on the assumption that the country’s Jews are the bridgehead for attempts by the United States, Israel, to destabilize the country.

Graffitti at the Mountain Barracks, where the remains of late Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez are placed in Caracas. Photo by AFP The Venezuelan secret service


The Remarkable Internet Police State

I’m going to start with three data points.

One: Some of the Chinese military hackers who were implicated in a broad set of attacks against the U.S. government and corporations were identified because they accessed Facebook from the same network infrastructure they used to carry out their attacks.

Two: Hector Monsegur,


Ragtime: Secret NSA Domestic Spy Program Revealed

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According to Marc Ambinder and D.B. Grady’s new book Deep State: Inside the Government Secrecy Industry, the secretive National Security Agency spying programs have become institutionalized, and have grown, since 9/11.

Shane Harris at the Washingtonian read through the book’s account of these sweeping and controversial surveillance programs, conducted under


British Intelligence Installing Internet Spy Devices


U.K. intelligence agencies are planning to install surveillance ‘black boxes’ on phone networks and ISP servers that utilize deep packet inspection to monitor Web traffic—including Facebook, Twitter, and Skype, among others.

The U.K.’s Global Operations Security Control Centre. (Credit: Home Office)

The U.K.’s intelligence agencies are planning to install ‘black box’-style surveillance devices in


DOJ Document: Killing U.S. Citizens Legal


The United States can lawfully kill a U.S. citizen overseas if it determines the target is a “senior, operational leader” of al-Qaeda or an associated group and poses an imminent threat to the United States, according to a Justice Department document published late Monday by NBC News.

The document defines “imminent


Grey Area Developing Between Government Cyber Spies and Criminal Hackers


The world of criminal computer hacking has traditionally been far removed from the cyber-spying efforts of governments, but security experts say several recent cases suggest the lines are starting to blur.

Enterprising hackers are now using tools built for raiding online bank accounts to target corporate and government secrets, either on a for-hire basis


Europeans Warned About U.S. Data Snooping

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Leading privacy expert Caspar Bowden has warned Europeans using US cloud services that their data could be snooped on.

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In a report, he highlights how the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act Amendment Act (FISAAA) allows US authorities to spy on cloud data.

This includes services such as Amazon Cloud Drive,


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