The German investigative committee tasked with looking into the extent of the National Security Agency's meddling in German affairs has decided to go retro in a bid for better security. The committee has acquired a mechanical typewriter, and plans to get more as a way to reduce leaks.
Like so many of our favorite tech companies are doing lately, the NSA has released a “transparency” report. The scope of the report is to give us a better idea of just what the NSA was up to in 2013. Unfortunately, just like some of the other reports we see, it doesn’t give a lot of detail, and may not even be useful in many cases.
A new report submitted by the General Director of the Office for Security and Counter-terrorism in the UK has some surprising takes on surveillance. According to Charles Farr, because some data centers reside outside of the UK, all surveillance should be fair game. This would extend beyond public chats and into private correspondence.
In October 2013, The Washington Post reported on an analysis of documents obtained from Edward Snowden in which details about the NSA's interception of Google and Yahoo data transmissions were revealed. Among the information were a couple slides that were revealed, one in particular that was said to have riled Google workers.
The National Security Agency's chief Admiral Mike Rogers has denied claims that the government is collecting images of people within the United States for use with facial recognition technology. This follows documents released by Snowden claiming millions of images were being nabbed daily.
One common claim made by Snowden since his monumental leak of intelligence information is that he repeatedly raised questions with the National Security Agency, calling to attention concerns over procedures and actions. The government has rebutted those claims today, releasing an internal email from Snowden said to be his only correspondence.
Glenn Greenwald has a collection of files he’d like to share with the public. As one of the reporters to first have a peek at and chronicle the documents shared by Edward Snowden, Greenwald isn’t exactly one of the NSA’s best friends at this point. He’ll certainly not be gaining any points of positivity once he releases a list of names of citizens illegally spied on by the NSA.
On Friday, court documents were unsealed that reveal a push against gag orders by Microsoft, Facebook, Google, and Yahoo, with the argument behind it being violation of the First Amendment. This comes after an increased push by the companies to reveal data about government requests.
The Snowden revelations led to an increased demand for secure services, something the government has targeted repeatedly, as exemplified by the Lavabit closure and resulting legal issues. It is that secure email void in particular that Andy Yen of Harvard and a team of MIT colleagues decided to focus on, creating ProtonMail in the process.
New information leaked from Edward Snowden says the NSA used a legal wiretap to jumpstart a wiretapping effort in the Bahamas. A DEA tap was surreptitiously tapped by the NSA, which could record “over 00 million call events per day”, and store them up to one month.