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NSA documents show spying branch and databank for international transaction monitoring

NSA documents show spying branch and databank for international transaction monitoring

A document of information obtained by Edward Snowden has been revealed by SPIEGEL, in which the media company says the NSA is shown to have engaged in widespread monitoring of credit card transactions, payments, and banking of an international nature. Furthermore, it is shown that the intelligence agency has a dedicated branch for this called "Follow the Money," and a databank to contain the gathered information.

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Yahoo and Facebook chase US surveillance freedom as Google demands transparency

Yahoo and Facebook chase US surveillance freedom as Google demands transparency

Facebook and Yahoo have petitioned the US Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) for permission to reveal how many personal data requests are made by the government, joining Google and Microsoft in taking a stand against secret snooping. The new suits, which join an amended Google transparency petition the search engine filed today, see Facebook and Yahoo voice concerns that they are unable to give any greater detail on what user information is disclosed in the name of national security than the raw overall numbers.

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NSA documents claim full smartphone access for iPhone, BlackBerry, Android

NSA documents claim full smartphone access for iPhone, BlackBerry, Android

According to a set of secretive documents reportedly authored by the NSA and delivered to the public by Der Spiegel, the security agency is or has been able to access vital data on three of the world's most popular operating systems with relative ease. These documents suggest that Apple iPhones, Google Android devices, and BlackBerry devices are all able to be tapped by the NSA. These documents suggest that NSA taps of these devices are able to reveal "most sensitive data" including SMS traffic, location information, notes, and contact lists.

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Google boosts encryption efforts as NSA snoop saga worsens

Google boosts encryption efforts as NSA snoop saga worsens

Google is accelerating efforts to toughen its data encryption, the company has revealed, aiming to curtail unofficial snooping on user information in the aftermath of NSA PRISM controversy. "It's an arms race" Eric Grosse, vice president for security engineering at Google, told the Washington Post, describing government-mandated hackers as "the most skilled players in this game" and insisting that as "a point of personal honor" the search giant would not do anything to ease NSA intrusion into its servers.

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NSA’s digital Bullrun: a “clandestine campaign to preserve its ability to eavesdrop”

NSA’s digital Bullrun: a “clandestine campaign to preserve its ability to eavesdrop”

The documents provided by Edward J. Snowden seem to be never-ending: today's drop is a set of secrets surrounding the NDA's full code-breaking abilities on the internet: essentially speaking on how much they're actually able to see of any and all web-based data. This information was reportedly restricted to those cleared for a highly classified program that went (or still goes) by code-name "Bullrun" - this information coming from Snowden-sent documents given to the New York Times. It's there that it suggests that the NSA has broken into - or gotten around - "much" of the security used on the internet today, and has been working to do so for the past 13+ years.

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US agencies performed 231 offensive cyber-ops in 2011, leak reveals

US agencies performed 231 offensive cyber-ops in 2011, leak reveals

This week has seen a new batch of documents swiped by Edward Snowden hit the media, with The Washington Post leaking a barrage of information in recent days. Among this information was data about a hacking collective the NSA has for targeting foreign subjects, and that was followed up today with information stating US agencies performed 231 offensive cyber-operations in 2011.

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NSA starts security Tumblr after Obama insists on greater openness

NSA starts security Tumblr after Obama insists on greater openness

The US government has set up a new tumblr of declassified documents as part of attempts to reassure the public on what data the NSA and other agencies collect on them. The site, IC On The Record, aims to "declassify and make public as much information as possible about certain sensitive NSA programs while being mindful of the need to protect sensitive classified intelligence and national security," NSA director James Clapper writes in a launch statement.

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