PRISM

SlashGear 101: PRISM, FISA, and the modern NSA

SlashGear 101: PRISM, FISA, and the modern NSA

Since the beginning of June, the public has been privy to an ever-expanding flower of information springing from the NSA tagged with the code name PRISM. This keyword is attached to a program that whistleblower Edward Snowden is said to have been the sole leaker of for reports leading to the Guardian story on the GCHQ and the Washington Post story on the NSA. What lies beneath is a story on the expanding abilities of the NSA beyond their original bounds in international surveillance.

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PRISM revelations continue: Microsoft bug access and court order workarounds

PRISM revelations continue: Microsoft bug access and court order workarounds

Fresh revelations about the NSA's PRISM surveillance program continue to emerge, with Microsoft admitting it pre-notifies the government about potential bugs and backdoors in software before they're patched, while lawmakers confirmed the security agency does not need a court order to sift through call data culled from Verizon and other carriers. Seemingly confirming the suggestions of one US House representative briefed on the NSA programs this week that the original PRISM leaks by Edward Snowden were merely "the tip of the iceberg", the new information underscores just how much access the government has to data many would assume is private.

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NSA’s PRISM “tip of the iceberg” warns lawmaker “astounded” by spying

NSA’s PRISM “tip of the iceberg” warns lawmaker “astounded” by spying

Surveillance programs like the NSA's PRISM are "the tip of the iceberg" a US House representative has admitted, claiming she and her fellow lawmakers were "astounded" by the extent of the monitoring when it was explained in a confidential briefing. Representative Loretta Sanchez, a Californian democrat, was one of a number of people told "significantly more" by the National Security Agency about counterterrorism strategy underway in the US at present, The Hill reports, subsequently telling media that even the controversial leaks so far have only grazed what is actually happening.

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Google requests permission to publish FISA requests in Transparency Report

Google requests permission to publish FISA requests in Transparency Report

In case you've somehow missed all the hoopla, the Internet has been in various states of uproar over PRISM and the allegations that several major companies give the government unrestricted access to their servers. Apple, Google, and others have been vocal about such statements, saying they are not true, but that has not stymied the uproar. As such, Google has formally requested permission to reveal FISA requests in its Transparency Report.

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EFF, Mozilla, Reddit send open letter to Congress over NSA spying

EFF, Mozilla, Reddit send open letter to Congress over NSA spying

The National Security Agency has been on thin ice with the general public lately when whistleblower Edward Snowden revealed that the US government was spying on American citizens by secretly recording phone calls and tracking users' online activity with the alleged help from big internet companies like Google and Facebook. Because of this, 86 civil liberties groups have banded together to urge Congress to put an end to NSA spying.

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Operation “Troll the NSA” seeks to jam the agency with nonsense

Operation “Troll the NSA” seeks to jam the agency with nonsense

The Obama administration and NSA have been under extreme public fire lately after a report by The Washington Post revealed a project called PRISM, which snowballed into a variety of other leaks and such that revealed what we already knew: the government is spying on Internet users. In retaliation, an Internet trolling operation has been kicked off called "Troll the NSA," which is encouraging Internet users to email and/or call a pre-written script loaded with trigger words.

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NSA PRISM whistleblower: Edward Snowden steps forward

NSA PRISM whistleblower: Edward Snowden steps forward

The man behind the public revelation of the National Security Agency's PRISM surveillance program has stepped forward, with defense contractor tech worker Edward Snowden admitting he blew the whistle to encourage debate on data monitoring. "I know the government will demonize me" Snowden told The Guardian, after opting to make his identity known after releasing several classified documents about the NSA snooping technology. "My sole motive is to inform the public as to that which is done in their name and that which is done against them."

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PRISM progress: Director of National Intelligence speaks, Google responds again

PRISM progress: Director of National Intelligence speaks, Google responds again

It's not often that a government scandal sees a run-time like the NSA's "PRISM" program - but then again, it's not often that every major technology company is suggested to be taking part in a spy program such as this. Today's updates to this situation comes from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence who suggests, this June 8th, that media outlets have rushed to report information about PRISM, rushed in such a way as can damage the American public through "reckless" reporting.

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PRISM clarified by sources detailing special systems used to provide gov with data

PRISM clarified by sources detailing special systems used to provide gov with data

On June 6, The Washington Post revealed that, according to leaked documentation it was given, nine major companies are feeding the NSA data via direct access to their servers, something called the PRISM project. Within hours, nearly all the companies had denied the claims, and it has ignited an Internet storm. The disconnection between The Post report and the companies' claims make more sense in light of new information provided by sources.

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President ordered list of potential cyberattack targets, reveals leak

President ordered list of potential cyberattack targets, reveals leak

Following claims yesterday that the government is performing widespread domestic spying via a project called PRISM, today The Guardian has revealed that President Obama ordered the powers that be to create a list of potential foreign cyberattack targets as part of an offensive cyber operation. The information is said to come from a top-secret order by Obama that was leaked to the media company.

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UK enters NSA PRISM accusations with GCHQ snooping

UK enters NSA PRISM accusations with GCHQ snooping

It's not a terribly positive week for the National Security Agency. While earlier this week they were found to be pushing Verizon to send data to them to out terrorists, today the UK's GCHQ has been outed as gathering info from the NSA through their PRISM program as well. This bit of information comes from The Guardian who say they've obtained documents that show a covertly run operation between countries in plain english, as it were.

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