At South by Southwest Interactive today, Google's Eric Schmidt spoke on the topic of NSA spying and security, touching on things like user privacy and how the Internet giant responded to the information contained in Snowden's leaks. Among it, Schmidt said the company's data is likely safe now.
Internet anonymity service Tor is working on a messaging client to offer Skype, Google Hangouts, and other IM users concerned about who might be reading their conversations a little piece of mind. Dubbed the Tor Instant Messaging Bundle, or TIMB, the app is expected to build on top of the existing InstantBird messenger, which will eventually be bundled in locked-down, encrypted form with the general Tor Launcher later this year.
This week it's been made clear that two members of Norway's Socialist Left Party intend on adding Edward Snowden to their shortlist for possible recipients of the Nobel Peace Prize - nominating him, that is. While the nomination certainly makes sense given the aim of award itself, critics on both sides have begun to set in for this NSA leakster, gainer of one massive amount of publicity over these past 12 months.
Just this morning, United States President Barack Obama spoke up at a bit of NSA news, letting it be known what his real NSA reform plan would be. As is often the case, some of the responses to the talk have appeared more telling than the talk itself. We're having a peek at what the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), Julian Assange (of WikiLeaks), and the White House have done to follow up this set of announcements.
PRISM whistleblower Edward Snowden has blasted the US government and President Obama for "deception" and trying to sabotage his right to asylum, as news breaks that the former NSA contractor has withdrawn his application for asylum in Russia. Snowden, who made headlines last month when he revealed confidential details on how the US security services monitor, collect, and analyze electronic communications, is believed to be in Russia after having petitioned for safe asylum there among 21 countries, and released a strong critique on how Obama's government has handled the furore. However, the BBC now reports, it seems Russia won't be Snowden's final destination.
Leaks are nothing new, with WikiLeaks perhaps being the first giant aggregated collection of not-intended-for-your-eyes data that caught the public's attention. Following in the same vein were the various FISA and NSA leaks revolving around PRISM brought to light by Edward Snowden. Now in what is an amusing bit of irony, a memo has leaked detailing a campaign by the CIA to stop leaks.
The man behind the public revelation of the National Security Agency's PRISM surveillance program has stepped forward, with defense contractor tech worker Edward Snowden admitting he blew the whistle to encourage debate on data monitoring. "I know the government will demonize me" Snowden told The Guardian, after opting to make his identity known after releasing several classified documents about the NSA snooping technology. "My sole motive is to inform the public as to that which is done in their name and that which is done against them."
The book titled "The New Digital Age" for short, written by Eric Schmidt and Jared Cohen of Google fame, has begun to spill is many angles on the future of our increasingly connected world into the public. In one section of the book titled "The Future of Terrorism", Schmidt and Cohen speak both of the possibilities of an extremist (and/or terrorist) group infiltrating groups of mobile device users and of an actual happening which involved a global extremist group using Motorola mobile-phone businesses in Pakistan to "bombard" the country's national newspaper editors with propaganda.
Two hacker associated with the infamous Anonymous group have been sentenced to jail time for their role in DDoS attacks on the websites of MasterCard, Visa, and PayPal. 22-year-old Christopher Weatherhead and 28-year-old Ashley Rhodes, both from the UK, will spend 18 months and seven months in jail, respectively.
Sometimes people do bizarre things and try to call it art. Such is the case with what is being called a live mail art piece that has been sent to Wikileaks founder Julian Assange. As you might recall Assange has been living at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London since June of 2012.