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CISPA introduced for third time, revised bill language unclear

CISPA introduced for third time, revised bill language unclear

CISPA, the bill that grants legal immunity to large information-collecting companies from being sued for sharing the personally identifying information of all their customers with the US government, has risen from the grave once again. The "Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act" was introduced in the Senate by Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.). The language of this the third undead incarnation of the so-called "zombie bill" is as yet unclear.

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Lavabit goes live temporarily for user data recovery

Lavabit goes live temporarily for user data recovery

The Lavabit debacle has been ongoing for weeks now, with details about the previously hush-hush case coming to light in recent days. For those who were affected by the spontaneous shutdown this past summer, a temporary window is being provided to get your data. Starting today, a subdomain of the site is up allowing users to change their email password. This will be up for 72 hours, after which point there will be a similar window for grabbing emails.

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NSA reportedly collects vast number of contacts from email and IM accounts

NSA reportedly collects vast number of contacts from email and IM accounts

According to the latest documents leaked in the Edward Snowden saga, the NSA collects "hundreds of millions" of email and instant messaging accounts' contact lists globally, including those belonging to individuals in the United States. Additional information on the subject was provided to The Washington Post by unnamed individuals said to be senior intelligence officials.

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NSA Tor hack attempts see US try to crack the anonymity it pays for

NSA Tor hack attempts see US try to crack the anonymity it pays for

The US National Security Agency is working to undermine the security of Tor, the open-source internet anonymity tool, using targeted Firefox hacks and keyloggers in a - so-far believed to be unsuccessful - attempt to peel open the clandestine system. Leaked NSA documents, including presentations titled "Tor Stinks", were among the cache of information leaked by PRISM whistleblower Edward Snowden, the Guardian reports, and detail attempts made by the NSA - and GCHQ, the agency's counterpart in the UK - to crack what's described as "the king of high-secure, low-latency internet anonymity."

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NSA conducted test on identifying US cell phone locations

NSA conducted test on identifying US cell phone locations

The NSA reportedly conducted a test "pilot project" that involved the use of collecting bulk data and using it to identify the location of cellphones located in the United States. The government agency elected not to use the program for the time being, but could do so under a Patriot Act provision, Section 215, a legal means for the NSA to carry out some of its other activities.

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Lavabit case documents unsealed, show government demanded encryption keys

Lavabit case documents unsealed, show government demanded encryption keys

Lavabit, the encrypted email provider of choice used by Edward Snowden, spontaneously closed its doors this past summer, doing so for vague reasons related to the government, though the service's owner was (and is) under gag order, keeping things quiet. Last month, a request to have some of the documents unsealed was submitted, which would allow amicus briefs to be filed. Such a request has been honored, revealing some information about what went down behind closed doors.

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NSA Marina metadata tracking hoards online social lives of millions

NSA Marina metadata tracking hoards online social lives of millions

The NSA is hoarding vast quantities of metadata about millions of internet users, piecing together records of their social networking use, locations, and other personal details, it's alleged, even if those individuals aren't in any way suspected of illegal activities. The year-long record of user data is gathered as part of a clandestine program called Marina, The Guardian reports, with leaked documentation about the system indicating that it uses browser tracking and more to build up automatic summaries of "pattern-of-life" activity and movement.

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Lavabit appeals filing reveals info as government pushes against unsealing request

Lavabit appeals filing reveals info as government pushes against unsealing request

Yesterday, Lavabit -- the email service used by Edward Snowden, catapulting it into unwanted fame -- filed a request to have its case partially unsealed, allowing for third parties to file amicus briefs. Today, an appeal filing has surfaced revealing some details about what went down with the email service after attracting the government's attention, but the request for unsealing is receiving backlash.

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