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Wikileaks releases FinFisher files to highlight government malware abuse

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WikiLeaks has released more information on controversial commercial surveillance tools, criticising the German government for not blocking a “weaponised malware” developer from shipping its code to countries with regimes with poor human rights records. WikiLeaks’ latest Spy Files publication included

The executive order that led to mass spying, as told by NSA alumni

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One thing sits at the heart of what many consider a surveillance state within the US today. The problem does not begin with political systems that discourage transparency or technologies that can intercept everyday communications without notice. Like everything else

Microsoft lawyer says future is ‘bleak’ because of NSA surveillance

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Microsoft’s top lawyer doesn’t see much reason to be optimistic going forward if the National Security Agency doesn’t stop its bulk collection of private data, pointing to a “bleak future” and a lack of justice and accountability. Speaking at the

How Secret Partners Expand NSA’s Surveillance Dragnet

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Huge volumes of private emails, phone calls, and internet chats are being intercepted by the National Security Agency with the secret cooperation of more foreign governments than previously known, according to newly disclosed documents from whistleblower Edward Snowden. The classified

He is not alone

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In the offices next to Wizner’s open door, young high-flyers with degrees from Harvard and Yale sit at their desks. They have posters on their office walls: “Disagreement is patriotic” and “Being a Muslim and praying is no offence”. A

Gov’ts to be able to spy on citizens using DNA – Wikileaks founder Assange

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“We will see a situation that Sweden has had for more than a decade… which is everyone has a number, everyone’s DNA is taken at birth, their DNA is encoded onto their identity documents or connected to it, to their

NSA Docs Detail Efforts To Collect Data From Microsoft’s Skype, SkyDrive, And Outlook

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Last July, Glenn Greenwald published a set of claims regarding a number of Microsoft services that were, especially at the time, unsettling: That Microsoft had helped the NSA “circumvent its encryption” relating to web chat on Outlook.com, that it had

Putin calls internet a ‘CIA project’ renewing fears of web breakup

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Vladimir Putin gave his clearest signal yet that he aims to break up the global nature of the internet when he branded the network a "CIA project" on Thursday. The Russian president told a media conference in St Petersburg that

Mathematician Spies

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For the past 10 months, a major international scandal has engulfed some of the world's largest employers of mathematicians. These organizations stand accused of law-breaking on an industrial scale and are now the object of widespread outrage. How has the

Brazil to pass anti-spy bill in victory for net neutrality

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Brazil has scored big for net neutrality after its lower house of Congress approved a groundbreaking post-Snowden bill that protects its users’ privacy rights, albeit with some sacrifices. The measure did not go as smoothly as could have. To ensure

France launches investigation into U.S. spy program

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PARIS: French prosecutors are investigating alleged U.S. spying under the Prism surveillance program following complaints by two human rights organizations, sources close to the case said Wednesday. They launched an investigation on July 16 into fraudulent access to personal data

Revealed: how Microsoft handed the NSA access to encrypted messages

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Microsoft has collaborated closely with US intelligence services to allow users' communications to be intercepted, including helping the National Security Agency to circumvent the company's own encryption, according to top-secret documents obtained by the Guardian. The files provided by Edward