Data Security

AT&T DOJ transparency report shows 300k+ government data demands

AT&T DOJ transparency report shows 300k+ government data demands

It’s AT&T up next with their transparency report regarding the United States Department of Justice and the amount of demands they’ve been sent over the past year. These demands are of several different varieties, one category for National Security, another for U.S. Criminal & Civil Litigation Demands. While National Security demands are still stuck in the stacks between zero and nine-hundred and ninety-nine, localized crime searching is a bit more specific.

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Galaxy S5 fingerprint sensor: secure folders, private mode, under home

Galaxy S5 fingerprint sensor: secure folders, private mode, under home

As we inch toward the Mobile World Congress 2014 reveal of the Samsung Galaxy S5, we’re seeing bits and pieces that fit together to create a smartphone that might battle the iPhone 5s directly. Word from SamMobile has it that the Galaxy S5 will have Samsung’s own implementation of a swipe-to-scan sensor under the device’s home button. This home button will be physical, like in past releases, and capacitive buttons will flank it.

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Kickstarter hacked: credit cards safe, addresses and phone numbers lifted

Kickstarter hacked: credit cards safe, addresses and phone numbers lifted

This afternoon Kickstarter sent a message out to users detailing a hacker attack on their network. This network attack apparently had hackers given access to email addresses, mailing addresses, phone numbers, and encrypted passwords. Most (or all) users have also received a message that suggests no further action is needed on their part - but you do need to be aware of what this all means.

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Snowden pilfered coworker’s password to access data

Snowden pilfered coworker’s password to access data

Edward Snowden's breach of NSA data prompted a sweeping internal investigation into how he managed to pull off his mission. According to an agency memo acquired by the folks at NBC News, Snowden managed to access some of the data in part by stealing one of his coworker's passwords. That coworker has since been stripped of his security clearance and has resigned.

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Google Transparency Report shows FISA data in very, very basic terms

Google Transparency Report shows FISA data in very, very basic terms

In August of 2013, Google and Microsoft sued the United States government for the ability to be more transparent with data requests made with FISA, also known as the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978. As of January 27th, 2014, the government has loosened the reigns, if only a tiny, tiny amount. This week Google is releasing, for the first time, their report on government requests that have to do with this department specifically.

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