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NSA masqueraded as Google to spy on web users – report

NSA masqueraded as Google to spy on web users – report

The NSA used ‘man in the middle’ hack attacks to impersonate Google and fool web users, leaks have revealed. The technique circumvents encryption by redirecting users to a copycat site which relays all the data entered to NSA data banks. Brazilian television network Globo News released a reportbased on classified data divulged by former CIA worker […]

NSA has ability to read 75% of all US internet traffic – report

NSA has ability to read 75% of all US internet traffic – report

Newly unveiled National Security Agency programs detail how the US government has the ability to monitor approximately 75 per cent of American internet traffic, and further discloses how telecommunications companies are compelled to provide such data. The programs – known as Blarney, Fairview, Oakstar, Lithium, and Stormbrew – are able to monitor the writing of […]

Secret documents reveal rules allowing NSA warrantless use of US data

Secret documents reveal rules allowing NSA warrantless use of US data

New documents have been leaked shining further light on the top-secret surveillance programs operated by the NSA. According to The Guardian, the National Security Agency can retain and use information obtained through domestic communications. According to two documents published in full by the newspaper on Thursday, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court has approved a handful […]

Firefox plug-in warns users of NSA surveillance

Firefox plug-in warns users of NSA surveillance

Ticking away the moments that make up a dull day? The government is likely logging even the most mundane day-to-day computer habits of millions of Americans, but there’s a way to stand up against surveillance while also rocking out. According to leaked NSA documents published by The Guardian last week, the United States National Security […]

Microsoft, Facebook release stats to reassure users on NSA surveillance

Microsoft, Facebook release stats to reassure users on NSA surveillance

Following whistleblower Edward Snowden’s leaks of National Security Agency documents pointing to mass online surveillance, both Facebook and Microsoft have released details on the number of legal orders made to them by the NSA. Only a few days after revelations of the surveillance program known as PRISM, which alleged major companies such as the social […]

LulzSec hackers handed down prison terms, suspended sentence

LulzSec hackers handed down prison terms, suspended sentence

Members of the British LulzSec hacking group were sentenced for a series of global cyber-attacks in 2011. Two of the hacktivists have received prison terms, one will be sent to a young offenders’ institution and another received a suspended sentence. Ryan Ackroyd, Jake Davis, Mustafa Bassam and Ryan Cleary had all pleaded guilty to hacking […]

AP investigation Get short URL

AP investigation Get short URL

The White House has denied having any prior knowledge of the Justice Department’s criminal probe of the Associated Press, but lawmakers appalled by the revelation are nonetheless lashing out at United States President Barack Obama. Just hours after the AP reported on Monday that the Justice Department secretly obtained two months of telephone records of reporters and […]

The US government might be the biggest hacker in the world

The US government might be the biggest hacker in the world

The United States government is investing tens of millions of dollars each year on offensive hacking operations in order to exploit vulnerabilities in the computers of its adversaries, Reuters reports. According to an in-depth article published Friday by journalist Joseph Menn, the US and its Department of Defense contractors are increasingly pursuing efforts to hack […]

Bitcoin Versus Government: Is Bitcoin the new gun rights battle?

Bitcoin Versus Government: Is Bitcoin the new gun rights battle?

Google trends shows an explosive growth in the Bitcoin meme. Like a tsunami, it started as a ripple and didn’t look like much, traveling for miles on the digital sea, and then Cyprus hit and the ripple became a roar. Nearly all financial news outlets and blogs have weighed in with their opinion on Bitcoin; […]

New malware goes directly to US ATMs and cash registers for card info

New malware goes directly to US ATMs and cash registers for card info

While many consumers already take precautions when shopping online, they may need to start being even more careful – as a new report shows malware is focusing on physical registers and ATMs compromised by attackers looking to harvest card data. Research conducted by the Russian-based security company Group-IB recently discovered malware called “Dump Memory Grabber,” […]