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NSA website goes down for reasons unknown

NSA website goes down for reasons unknown

The NSA has been a big source of controversy this year, having been responsible for a variety of spying activities both domestically and abroad. The agency's activities were brought to light in several Edward Snowden leaks, among others, and the legality of such measures have been the source of much public discussion. Now the tables have turned a bit, with the agency's website going down today. The reasons for the outage are unknown, but the agency says it wasn't caused by hacking.

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Affordable Care Act website set to be fixed by November’s end

Affordable Care Act website set to be fixed by November’s end

This afternoon the folks responsible for taking care of repairs on the US Government Affordable Care Act website suggested that they'd have it up and running by the end of November. This comes after a bit of a breakdown in the workings of the site earlier this month, with QSSI at the center of the issue. A conference call with official Jeffrey Zients suggested that Quality Software Services Inc would be service as general contractor to oversee repairs to what's commonly referred to as the "Obamacare" insurance marketplace website.

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Snapchat reveals unopened snaps can be retrieved and given to law enforcement

Snapchat reveals unopened snaps can be retrieved and given to law enforcement

Snapchat's premise is that it deletes snaps, something that has been foiled in various ways since the service found itself thrust into the popularity spotlight. Still, the notion that snaps are deleted might give users a wrong impression of their data's security and level of privacy, something the company recently covered in a blog post. Among other things, it was detailed that under certain conditions, law enforcement can get its hands on some messages.

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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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TALOS: real Iron Man being built by the US Army

TALOS: real Iron Man being built by the US Army

The real-deal Iron Patriot may be closer to reality than we think. In a revelation that somehow escaped the eyes of the press (including ours) for months, a May 28th release from the United States Army suggests that their researchers are working on a request from SOCOM - the U.S. Special Operations Command for technologies. This request was made for a Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit, or TALOS.

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Government charges 13 alleged Anonymous members

Government charges 13 alleged Anonymous members

The United States government has filed charges against thirteen members of the hacking collective Anonymous, according to Reuters. The alleged members of the group were hit with a grand jury indictment today on charges of various hackery said to have taken place as part of Operation Payback. The indictment took place in a U.S. District Court in Virginia.

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