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NSA schemes mass internet infection and fake Facebooks

NSA schemes mass internet infection and fake Facebooks

An NSA project to install spying malware on "millions" of computers around the world, dubbed TURBINE, could allow the clandestine US agency unprecedented access to "industrial-scale exploitation" in the battle for internet dominance. The spyware, which is said to have already been installed on as many as 100,000 systems after first being deployed in mid-2010, is described as both smart and aggressive, automating much of what would have previously needed a trained operative.

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Encryption makes you an NSA target expert warns

Encryption makes you an NSA target expert warns

Following Edward Snowden's call for internet users to encrypt everything as a matter of course is likely to make you an even bigger target for the NSA, activist journalist Glenn Greenwald has warned, arguing that the stance inside the spying agency is that those protecting their data are inherently suspicious. "If you want to hide what you're saying from them" Greenwald said during a video appearance at SXSW this week, "it must mean that what you're saying is a bad thing," the former Guardian writer said the National Security Agency's assumptions.

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NSA phone record destruction halted by judge

NSA phone record destruction halted by judge

A U.S. District Judge has halted the NSA's plans to destroy collected phone records, something that has had many up in arms. The Electronic Frontier Foundation, more commonly known as the EFF, sought for the temporary stay on destruction, saying the phone records can serve as evidence in lawsuits that are going against the agency's surveillance practices.

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Encrypt, evade and obscure: Edward Snowden warns public

Encrypt, evade and obscure: Edward Snowden warns public

NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden has defended his actions during a SXSW appearance, insisting that "I'd do it again" and throwing down the gauntlet to internet users to protect their privacy using encryption and other tools. The contractor-turned-activist described how he used hard-drive encryption, routing his online traffic through Tor, and installing browser plugins to avoid tracking from companies and other organizations, to evade surveillance.

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WikiLeaks’ Assange skeptical about Obama’s NSA reforms

WikiLeaks’ Assange skeptical about Obama’s NSA reforms

There was a time when Barak Obama was defending NSA’s spying actions to the extent that he was supporting the team as patriots that were assigned “an extraordinarily difficult job.” In January this year, he shifted his tone to promise reforms that will assure individual privacy and by February, the White House was looking into four possible options for overhauling the NSA's phone-surveillance activities. At the recent SXSW talk by WikiLeaks head Julian Assange, we get to know of a different new theory about Obama’s plans.

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NSA tight-lipped on webcam spy role as privacy advocates seethe

NSA tight-lipped on webcam spy role as privacy advocates seethe

The NSA has refused to detail exactly how much access to secret Yahoo webcam surveillance that snapped photos of millions of unwitting video chatters, including those involved in adult activities, as demands from privacy regulators for more transparency in monitoring increase in volume. Allegations earlier this week that a clandestine UK scheme run by GCHQ tapped into millions of Yahoo webcam streams and recorded numerous still images to create a vast virtual "mugshot" book of potential terrorists, with technical assistance from the US' NSA in setting up the system, has reawakened criticism of the federal agency after moves by President Obama to try to dampen down what have been seen as overly intrusive methods.

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Webcam spy program grabbed secret stills of millions of Yahoo users

Webcam spy program grabbed secret stills of millions of Yahoo users

A clandestine security program run by the UK's surveillance agency GCHQ with the aid of the NSA captured and stored still images of millions of global webcam users, a new document leak suggests, part of a sweeping monitoring program that required no suspicion of guilt around those impacted. Optic Nerve - which in one six month period alone is said to have captured and stored more than 1.8m Yahoo accounts around the world - ran between 2008 and 2012 at least, grabbing a still every five minutes to create a privacy-intruding digital "mugshot" book security services could later use.

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NSA reform options leak as Obama weighs phone tracking

NSA reform options leak as Obama weighs phone tracking

The White House is weighing four possible options for revamping the NSA's phone-surveillance activities, security insiders say, including dumping such monitoring altogether or allowing the carriers themselves to operate it. The possible restructures follow President Obama's promise in January that the NSA would be reformed so as to present less of a threat to individual privacy, specifically focusing on one of the more reviled projects where millions of phone records are gathered by the agency and sifted for metadata.

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Blackphone hands-on: high-end cost for NSA-era privacy

Blackphone hands-on: high-end cost for NSA-era privacy

If you’re looking for mid-tier scrimping while you’re also in the market for total and complete privacy in all things you do online, you might want to look somewhere else. Blackphone does the latter - or suggests that it’s entirely private and secure, but it’ll cost you. Right out of the box, software aside, this device works with specifications that might also throw you for a loop - in a good way.

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