Tag: World Wide Web

Julian Assange claims the Guardian is guilty of ‘institutional narcissism’ over its handling of Edward Snowden in a blistering editorial for Newsweek

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Julian Assange has launched a bitter attack on the Guardian and claimed that the newspaper is guilty of ‘institutional narcissism’. In a scathing editorial for Newsweek, the WikiLeaks founder accused the newspaper of being hypocrites and leaving Edward Snowden in

Google claims it installed unbreakable encryption after NSA spying

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The executive chairman of Google says the internet giant updated its encryption standards to make them unbreakable after learning the National Security Agency could spy on users. Eric Schmidt rejected allegations made by WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange that the search giant and

How to set a honey trap

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The best security and military training in the world is no match for the charms of a femme fatale. Using feminine wiles to access state secrets sounds like hackneyed fiction – surely anyone with a secret worth keeping would run

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

In Yahoo Versus NSA, Hypocrisy Wins

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Yahoo! Inc., as it turns out, has cared about privacy since 2007. It just couldn’t tell anyone. The company posted a note last week saying it was “pleased to announce” that it had gotten thousands of pages of court documents

Julian Assange to leave Ecuadorian embassy ‘soon”

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WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who has spent over two years inside Ecuador’s London embassy to avoid extradition to Sweden, said on Monday he planned to leave the building “soon”, without giving further details. Britain’s Sky News, part owned by Rupert

Assange stakeout has cost nearly $12 million

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As WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange marks his 777th day in the Ecuadorian embassy in London, the Metropolitan Police has spent over $11.8 million on guarding the embassy. Assange has been detained without charge for 1,337 days – and 777 of

Report: Cybercrime and espionage costs $445 billion annually

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A Washington think tank has estimated the likely annual cost of cybercrime and economic espionage to the world economy at more than $445 billion — or almost 1 percent of global income. The estimate by the Center for Strategic and

Internet Giants Erect Barriers to Spy Agencies

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MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — Just down the road from Google’s main campus here, engineers for the company are accelerating what has become the newest arms race in modern technology: They are making it far more difficult — and far more

Are you ready for the first leak @CIA?

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The Central Intelligence Agency is announcing today that it’s getting into the social media biz. “@CIA” will be its handle on Twitter, the short-attention-span platform with 255 million monthly active users, and it’ll also launch on Facebook. The presence on these

What the NSA can (and can’t) mine from intercepted photos

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The National Security Agency has collected a vast number of digital photos from Internet traffic and the internal networks of foreign governments in order to identify and track persons of interest, according to a report by The New York Times. The images,

NSA contractors use LinkedIn profiles to cash in on national security

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NSA spies need jobs, too. And that is why many covert programs could be hiding in plain sight. Job websites such as LinkedIn and Indeed.com contain hundreds of profiles that reference classified NSA efforts, posted by everyone from career government

WikiLeaks claims Google director helped the NSA spy on Afghanistan

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Transparency group WikiLeaks blasted fellow secret-spillers The Intercept last week for censoring the name of a country targeted by United States surveillance. WikiLeaks alleges the nation to be Afghanistan, but the story might not stop right there. When journalist Glenn

Emails reveal close Google relationship with NSA

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Email exchanges between National Security Agency Director Gen. Keith Alexander and Google executives Sergey Brin and Eric Schmidt suggest a far cozier working relationship between some tech firms and the U.S. government than was implied by Silicon Valley brass after

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

Google tries to NSA-proof Gmail

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NEW YORK (CNNMoney). Google just beefed up the security of Gmail to make mass surveillance of its customers' email nearly impossible. It's not quite NSA-proof, but it's close. To accomplish the feat, Google secured how you connect to its servers.

Mark Zuckerberg calls Obama to complain about NSA

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Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg called President Obama on Wednesday night to express frustration about the government's spying and hacking programs. "When our engineers work tirelessly to improve security, we imagine we're protecting you against criminals, not our own government," Zuckerberg

UK spy agency intercepted webcam images of millions of Yahoo users

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Britain's surveillance agency GCHQ, with aid from the National Security Agency, intercepted and stored the webcam images of millions of internet users not suspected of wrongdoing, secret documents reveal. GCHQ files dating between 2008 and 2010 explicitly state that a

US Tech Titans Reveal New Data About NSA Snooping

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Google, Facebook, Yahoo, Microsoft and LinkedIn have for the first time released new data about U.S. information requests made under the Foreign Surveillance Intelligence Act (FISA), the controversial law that facilitates several of the National Security Agency’s most secret surveillance

Canada courting U.S. web giants in wake of NSA spy scandal

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The Canadian government is trying to profit from the National Security Agency spy scandal south of the border by luring frustrated American web titans such as Google and Facebook into storing sensitive banks of personal information outside the United States,