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Leaked NSA pics show routers being bugged

Leaked NSA pics show routers being bugged

This past August, the (at the time) latest Snowden leak revealed a secret hacking collective at the NSA called Tailored Access Operations, more commonly referred to as TAO. More information surfaced about the unit is subsequent leaks, the latest of which includes a couple pictures of the TAO bugging intercepted network hardware.

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Sony buys movie rights to book about Snowden/NSA

Sony buys movie rights to book about Snowden/NSA

Sony has acquired the movie rights to a book by Glenn Greenwald, detailing the Edward Snowden NSA leaks. Greenwald’s book centers around meeting Snowden in a Hong Kong hotel, and the ensuing backlash from the leaked information.

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NSA tipped to spy with US-made web routers abroad

NSA tipped to spy with US-made web routers abroad

If you’ll remember back to October of 2012, there was a bit of a hubbub about Huawei and ZTE making electronics for the United States. It was said that these China-based companies "could undermine US national security" according to the US-based House Intelligence Committee. After admitting they’d actually found no evidence of wrongdoing, it would appear that the very means for spying described by the House Intelligence Committee were used by the NSA abroad.

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Internet goers self-censor in post-Snowden world

Internet goers self-censor in post-Snowden world

Following information provided by Edward Snowden about the government's digital surveillance practices, instances of self-censorship on the Internet has increased, reveals a study by Digital Fourth coalition and MIT researchers.

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Apple posts new government data request guidelines

Apple posts new government data request guidelines

In our post-Snowden world, concerns about privacy are at an all-time high and tech companies have been caught in the cross-fire. Since the NSA leaks began, big-name companies have been making big changes, among them being a decision to inform users of data requests when possible.

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Emails between Google execs, NSA chief show prior relationship

Emails between Google execs, NSA chief show prior relationship

Post-NSA secrecy, many big tech companies like Google were outspoken about the practices used by the NSA to gather info. Since that time, they’ve gone on the offensive, trying to both challenge the NSA and distance themselves from it. New emails obtained by news outlet Al Jazeera show a prior relationship between top Google executives and various NSA chiefs was in place.

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White House aims to protect companies who give up requested data

White House aims to protect companies who give up requested data

Post Edward Snowden and the revelations of widespread NSA intrusion, many larger tech companies have been as forthcoming as possible about what information they’re giving to authorities. In anticipation of reform bills for how and why the NSA does what they do (as well as those currently in process), The White House is asking that any legislation include language to keep tech companies safeguarded from prosecution.

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Facebook, Google and more: users will be notified of data requests

Facebook, Google and more: users will be notified of data requests

In a move that butts heads with government agencies, Facebook, Google, Apple and Microsoft have revealed plans to notify their users when a data request comes in for their information. The move aims to benefit users, but critics worry it could tip off criminals.

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Kim Dotcom points out Cisco “backdoor” for law enforcement

Kim Dotcom points out Cisco “backdoor” for law enforcement

It would appear that Kim Dotcom does not trust United States-made electronics. He suggests this week that the world should "never trust US tech", using #NSA to point out a Cisco listing of lawful intercept architecture. He calls these systems "interception backdoors", suggesting that Cisco is amongst the companies that willingly allow the NSA to take hold of their data at any given time - but that's just not true.

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NSA details Heartbleed “mitigations” in new report

NSA details Heartbleed “mitigations” in new report

Amidst the Heartbleed bug hoopla this month was a claim the NSA knew about and actively exploited the vulnerability, something the agency soon denied. Apparently in line with that claim, the spy agency has now posted its own list of methods for dealing with the security problem.

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Obama: NSA to expose not exploit bugs like Heartbleed

Obama: NSA to expose not exploit bugs like Heartbleed

Potentially catastrophic internet security exploits like Heartbleed should be publicized rather than covertly used for surveillance, President Obama has reportedly told the NSA and other intelligence divisions, although exceptions to the rule will still see the US rely on loopholes for its spying and monitoring. Heartbleed pitched the National Security Agency back into the headlines on Friday, after anonymous sources claimed it had discovered the OpenSSL flaw at least two years ago, but opted to keep it secret so as to use it for stealing passwords and other data.

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NSA denies Heartbleed knowledge and exploitation

NSA denies Heartbleed knowledge and exploitation

The NSA has denied knowledge of the Heartbleed bug, following allegations that not only did the security agency discover the exploit two years ago, but that it opted to keep it secret so as to use it in its spy tool arsenal. Anonymous insiders claimed earlier that the National Security Agency had identified Heartbleed - which left as many as two-thirds of websites vulnerable to password and data theft - as part of its regular efforts at hunting down potentially useful bugs and hacks.

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