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  • Department of Justice wants expanded permission to hack and search remote computers

    05/10/2014 7:42:39 PM PDT · by prisoner6 · 9 replies
    http://www.pcworld.com/ ^ | May 9, 2014 | Grant Gross
    The U.S. Department of Justice wants new authority to hack and search remote computers during investigations, saying the new rules are needed because of complex criminal schemes sometimes using millions of machines spread across the country. Digital rights groups say the request from the DOJ for authority to search computers outside the district where an investigation is based raises concerns about Internet security and Fourth Amendment protections against unreasonable searches and seizures. “By expanding federal law enforcement’s power to secretly exploit ‘zero-day’ vulnerabilities in software and Internet platforms, the proposal threatens to weaken Internet security for all of us,” Nathan...
  • Google Knew About Heartbleed and Didn’t Tell the Government

    04/16/2014 12:55:45 PM PDT · by george76 · 11 replies
    National Journal ^ | April 14, 2014 | Brendan Sasso
    Federal systems remained vulnerable to hackers even after researchers identified the bug. Google knew about a critical flaw in Internet security, but it didn't alert anyone in the government. Neel Mehta, a Google engineer, first discovered "Heartbleed"—a bug that undermines the widely used encryption technology OpenSSL—some time in March. A team at the Finnish security firm Codenomicon discovered the flaw around the same time. Google was able to patch most of its services—such as email, search, and YouTube—before the companies publicized the bug on April 7. The researchers also notified a handful of other companies about the bug before going...
  • Obama Lets N.S.A. Exploit Some Internet Flaws, Officials Say [heartbleed bug]

    04/12/2014 11:52:42 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 3 replies
    NYT ^ | April 12, 2014 | By David E. Sanger
    WASHINGTON — Stepping into a heated debate within the nation’s intelligence agencies, President Obama has decided that when the National Security Agency discovers major flaws in Internet security, it should — in most circumstances — reveal them to assure that they will be fixed, rather than keep mum so that the flaws can be used in espionage or cyberattacks, senior administration officials said Saturday. But Mr. Obama carved a broad exception for “a clear national security or law enforcement need,” the officials said, a loophole that is likely to allow the N.S.A. to continue to exploit security flaws both to...
  • CODEVILLA: Government’s secret backdoor to your email

    01/20/2014 12:26:25 PM PST · by ransomnote · 12 replies
    washingtontimes.com ^ | January 17, 2014 | By Angelo M. Codevilla
    The NSA orchestrated Internet vulnerabilities against the directive of Congress Every child learns not to touch a neighbor’s mailbox. “That’s a federal crime,” he’s told, and for good reason. However, the transactions and love-hate letters that used to go through physical mailboxes now go through electronic ones. The U.S. government cannot protect their privacy. What the laws and customs that surround the U.S. mail once did is now done by encryption. Government’s own role is problematic, because many of its various agencies want to look into our mailboxes by defeating encryption. We can understand how serious a matter this is...
  • Secret court approves three more months of NSA phone snooping

    01/03/2014 4:05:22 PM PST · by ColdOne · 54 replies
    washingtontimes.com ^ | 1/3/14 | Stephen Dinan
    The secret court that oversees the nation’s intelligence activities renewed its approval of the National Security Agency’s telephone-records program on Friday, granting the government a new three-month window to collect data on all Americans’ phone calls. Director of National Intelligence James Clapper’s office announced the court’s ruling in a statement, though officials didn’t make the ruling itself public, saying it was going through declassification procedures. The decision marks the 36th time the program has been approved by the secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court. “It is the administration’s view, consistent with the recent holdings of the United States District Courts for...
  • Tech giants' demand for NSA reform 'a major game-changer', advocates say

    12/13/2013 8:04:39 AM PST · by kobald · 20 replies
    The Guardian ^ | December 9, 2013 | Paul Lewis
    Senior figures behind efforts to curtail the powers of American spy agencies have seized on the decision by the world’s largest tech companies to call for radical surveillance reform, saying the unexpected intervention is a potential “game-changer”. In an open letter published jointly on Monday, eight tech giants, including Apple, Google and Facebook, said disclosures by the National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden revealed that basic rights and freedoms were being undermined. The companies – which also include Microsoft, Yahoo, AOL, LinkedIn and Twitter, and have a combined value of $1.4tn – called for widespread changes that, if enacted, would...
  • Amash-backed bill aimed to end NSA spying programs garners even bipartisan support

    12/13/2013 6:26:49 AM PST · by kobald · 24 replies
    MLive (Michigan) ^ | December 3, 2013 | Andrew Krietz
    An even split of Democratic and Republican legislators back a bill supported by Rep. Justin Amash, aiming to end the country's domestic surveillance programs. The legislation, titled The USA Freedom Act, would, if signed into law, curb the National Security Agency's ability to conduct communications sweeps and close a "back door" to information by requiring a court order when performing searches of Americans in data already collected without warrants. The Hill reported during the weekend that the bill has at least 102 cosponsors, including 51 Democrats and 51 Republicans... According to The Hill, members of Congress are placing increased pressure...
  • US Gov't Data Requests Soaring, Google Says

    11/22/2013 7:54:49 AM PST · by daniel1212 · 3 replies
    http://www.infopackets.com ^ | 11/18/2013 | Brandon Dimmel
    Google says it's facing a rapidly increasing number of data requests from national governments, and particularly the United States government... Google says that, in the six-month period between January and June 2013, the United States government made almost 11,000 requests for information related to Google's users.... Overall, this means Google faced twice as many data requests between January and June 2013 than it did over the same period last year. Google added that this remarkable total "only include[s] the requests we're allowed to publish." Google says that, in most cases where data was requested, it handed over the information. That...
  • Government worried about citizen uprising

    10/05/2013 7:35:59 AM PDT · by rktman · 20 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | 10/5/2013 | Patrice Lewis
    ........there’s no shortage of shockingly invasive tactics our government is employing to keep track of its servants … er, citizens. In fact, it seems that more and more of what our government is doing is keeping track – close track – of what we’re all up to. Our traveling is monitored through license plates and GPS systems. Our credit card purchases are monitored. Our phone calls are monitored. Our social media sites are monitored. Our search engines and online meanderings are monitored. In short, there is very little the government doesn’t know about everyone. Even the occasional hermit living unplugged...
  • NSA stores all collectable browsing data for 365 days, new leak reveals

    10/01/2013 7:24:31 AM PDT · by shego · 25 replies
    The Verge ^ | 9/30/13 | Russell Brandom
    A new leak published by The Guardian reveals more details about the NSA's Marina metadata program, including the program's ability to look back at a full year of metadata for millions of web users, regardless of whether the users are the target of an investigation. The metadata can include anything from browsing history to more detailed account activity in the case of web-based email, including contact lists and potentially even account passwords. The Marina program had been mentioned in previous leaks, but the new revelations, pulled from an NSA training document, show how the data was centrally stored and managed....
  • Big Brother Is Watching You Swipe: The NSA’s Credit Card Data Grab

    09/15/2013 5:42:20 PM PDT · by shego · 11 replies
    Time ^ | Dave Clarke
    The National Security Agency isn't just snooping into phone and online communications. It also appears to be keeping a close eye on credit card transactions. Why? And what can they see? The presumed purpose of NSA's credit card tracking is to help it stop terrorism. Agents hope to ferret out terrorists who are buying bomb ingredients, visiting hotbeds of radicalism, and moving funds illicitly. But the program's reach is so broad, some say it will inevitably sweep up purchases made by innocent American citizens, as well.... Technically, there are safeguards in place to keep American citizens out of the NSA's...
  • Move over NSA, you got nothin' on the DEA (Records of decades of American phone calls)

    09/02/2013 8:16:22 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 43 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 09/02/2013 | Rick Moran
    This is how the New York Times describes a telephone surveillance program carried out by federal drug enforcement agencies: For at least six years, law enforcement officials working on a counternarcotics program have had routine access, using subpoenas, to an enormous AT&T database that contains the records of decades of Americans' phone calls -- parallel to but covering a far longer time than the National Security Agency's hotly disputed collection of phone call logs. Sounds ominous, but is it? The Hemisphere Project, a partnership between federal and local drug officials and AT&T that has not previously been reported, involves an...
  • 'Read Constitution, not my email': Anti-snooping protests sweep US

    08/06/2013 9:33:35 PM PDT · by Nachum · 2 replies
    Youtube ^ | 8/4/13 | RussiaToday RussiaToday
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  • US spy chiefs admit snooping on Americans

    07/31/2013 9:29:05 PM PDT · by Rabin · 9 replies
    aljazeera ^ | 01 Aug 2013 03:05 | Alfontz J. Ajazeera
    President Barack Obama's national security has team acknowledged for the first time that... If a person called 40 people, the analysis would allow the government to mine the records of 2.5 million Americans when investigating a suspect
  • New NSA Leaks Show How Easily The Government Can See Almost Everything You Do On The Internet

    07/31/2013 8:03:00 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 07/31/2013 | Michael Kelly
    National Security Agency documents provided to The Guardian by Edward Snowden reveal a system that allows analysts to search "nearly everything a typical user does on the internet," according to one docuement. Glenn Greenwald reports that training materials for a program called XKeyscore show how analysts — without the review of a court or other NSA personnel — can mine extensive agency databases by giving only a broad justification for the search. "It's very rare to be questioned on our searches," Snowden told the Guardian in June, "and even when we are, it's usually along the lines of: 'let's bulk...
  • Report: Feds demand major internet companies turn over user passwords

    07/26/2013 8:03:15 AM PDT · by Blood of Tyrants · 31 replies
    The Blaze ^ | July 26, 2013 | Jonathon M. Seidl
    The federal government has demanded that major internet companies turn over users’ stored passwords, two sources told the respected tech website CNet. So what exactly does this “escalation” — as CNet calls it — mean? “If the government is able to determine a person’s password, which is typically stored in encrypted form, the credential could be used to log in to an account to peruse confidential correspondence or even impersonate the user,” the report says. “Obtaining it also would aid in deciphering encrypted devices in situations where passwords are reused.”
  • Delaware officials admit tax snooping; won’t identify Christine O’Donnell as target

    07/19/2013 7:24:53 PM PDT · by Nachum · 17 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 7/19/13 | Dave Boyer
    The director of Delaware’s tax-collection office said Friday that his agency accessed the federal tax records in 2010 of an unnamed taxpayer, believed to be former GOP Senate candidate Christine O´Donnell. Patrick Carter, director of the state’s division of revenue, would not identify Ms. O´Donnell as the taxpayer but said he approved the inquiry “for routine purposes.” “A state Division of Revenue investigator accessed records on or after March 20, 2010 following information that came to the attention of the division,” Mr. Carter said in a statement. “The record access led the state revenue investigator
  • U.S. Postal Service Logging All Mail for Law Enforcement

    07/03/2013 11:34:28 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 63 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 3 Jul 2013 | RON NIXON
    WASHINGTON — Leslie James Pickering noticed something odd in his mail last September: A handwritten card, apparently delivered by mistake, with instructions for postal workers to pay special attention to the letters and packages sent to his home. “Show all mail to supv” — supervisor — “for copying prior to going out on the street,” read the card. It included Mr. Pickering’s name, address and the type of mail that needed to be monitored. The word “confidential” was highlighted in green. “It was a bit of a shock to see it,” said Mr. Pickering, who owns a small bookstore in...
  • Multiple Government Agencies Are Keeping Records Of Your Credit Card Transactions

    06/29/2013 5:09:48 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 30 replies
    TEC ^ | 06/28/2013 | Michael Snyder
    Were you under the impression that your credit card transactions are private? If so, I am sorry to burst your bubble. As you will see below, there are actually multiple government agencies that are gathering and storing records of your credit card transactions. And in turn, those government agencies share that information with other government agencies that want it. So if you are making a purchase that you don't want anyone to know about, don't use a credit card. This is one of the reasons why the government hates cash so much. It is just so hard to track. In...
  • The Guardian: British intel also snooping on Internet content

    06/22/2013 7:56:12 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    Hotair ^ | 06/22/2013 | Ed Morrissey
    A couple of weeks ago, the British government found itself under considerable fire at home for their connection to the NSA’s PRISM program. A number of MPs demanded answers from David Cameron’s Tory government about whether British intelligence was bypassing UK law in order to spy on its subjects by having the NSA collect the data from their Internet for them. At the time, I wondered whether the Brits were doing the same for the NSA on their own, comparing it to the Hitchcock thriller Strangers on a Train, with its famous “criss cross” murder plot (or the more humorous...
  • Government Snooping, ObamaCare and Abortion

    06/18/2013 2:09:11 PM PDT · by DanMiller
    Dan Miller's Blog ^ | June 18, 2013 | Dan Miller
    Back when I was in law school, The Bramble Bush was required reading for a course on jurisprudence. The preface included this from  Mother Goose Rhymes. There was a man in our town, And he was wondrous wise; He jumped into a brier bush, And scratched out both his eyes; And when he saw his eyes were out, With all his might and main He jumped into another bush, And scratched 'em in again. ObamaCare and regulations implementing it -- as well as Governmental snooping in general -- are thorny "brier bushes" with enough brambles to "scratch out" all of our eyes. Those brier bushes...
  • There is no Constitutional Justification for the Current Governmental Snooping.

    06/15/2013 12:00:50 PM PDT · by DanMiller · 17 replies
    Dan Miller's Blog ^ | June 15, 2013 | Dan Miller
    Jonathan Turley publishes some quite good stuff at his blog. There were two excellent pieces yesterday and one today, thus far. It's a grand old Constitution. Is it time for a wake? Today's article at Jonathan Turley's blog was authored by Mike Spindell. Titled Catch 22 and the Secrecy Debate, it is based in part on this quote from Joseph Heller’s Catch 22. There, Mr. Heller wrote  The “Catch-22″ is that “anyone who wants to get out of combat duty isn’t really crazy” Hence, pilots who request a mental fitness evaluation are sane, and therefore must fly in combat. At the same...
  • Gallup, Fox News polls: Public opposes broad NSA collection of records

    06/13/2013 12:38:51 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Hotair ^ | 06/13/2013 | AllahPundit
    I'm not going to present every poll on this topic but some commenters were grumpy about the results of the Pew and CBS polls and I wanted to throw them a bone. If you’re waiting for a backlash, your wait might be over. First, Gallup:And, hot on its heels, Fox News:Now for the eeyorish caveats. First, in a separate question, Gallup finds that of the 53 percent who disapprove of the program, 21 percent say that there are circumstances under which this sort of data-mining would be appropriate. They’re not hard opponents, in other words, just opponents at this particular...
  • Snowden Is Not MLK: There’s a difference between civil disobedience and mere lawbreaking.

    06/13/2013 6:43:51 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 121 replies
    National Review ^ | 06/13/2013 | Daniel Foster
    It is a testament both to the complexity of the political and legal questions surrounding the NSA’s PRISM program, and to the mixture of intellectual honesty and political opportunism characterizing those debating them, that one cannot accurately extrapolate from a person’s views on the program his views on Edward Snowden, the low-level government contractor who exposed it. Speaking broadly, “establishment” Democrats and Republicans alike tend to be apologists for the program, and to think Snowden deserves prosecution for compromising it. By contrast, libertarians left and right tend to be outraged by the program, and think Snowden a hero for showing...
  • Snowden' Second Interview: "I Am Not Here To Hide From Justice; I Am Here To Reveal Criminality"

    06/12/2013 9:26:43 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 06/12/2013 | Tyler Durden
    Following the dramatic self-revelatory interview/profiling of Edward Snowden by the Guardian's Glenn Greenwald, the media world, and everyone else, has been abuzz about what other revelations the NSA whistleblower may bring to light. Moments ago, the South China Morning Post releases the much anticipated second interview with the 29 year old. While hardly earth-shattering, it does provide some additional insight into the mind of the administration's current persona most non grata. From South China Morning Post: Snowden said last night that he had no doubts about his choice of Hong Kong. “People who think I made a mistake in picking...
  • (Vanity) - Political correctness is the cause of general intercepts

    06/11/2013 9:20:23 PM PDT · by NowApproachingMidnight · 12 replies
    6/12/13 | Self
    It would seem as though we all have government snooping wrong. They are not prying, they are like cockroaches when the lights come on. They are scurrying, hiding, defenseless. There is a reason they must spy on us all. What is that reason? Political Correctness. If the federal government is watching you, it is because the Liberal left wing politicians have neutered them. Trust me / They would rather profile. What are your thoughts on this? Do you agree the government has been handicapped by political correctness, i.e. profiling EVERYONE instead of the obvious terrorists? Will good men stand up...
  • The Data Retention Disaster Heading to the US

    06/11/2013 7:40:40 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 06/11/2013 | Christopher Reynolds
    The scandal over PRISM, the NSA's alleged secret backdoor into some of the biggest services on the internet, shows little sign of dying down. But while PRISM's data mining has been hidden away from the eyes of American citizens, over in Europe there is a mass surveillance program that's been operating out in the open for the last eight years. The European Data Retention Directive forces all EU Internet Service Providers to log data on its users and store that data for up to two years after their subscription ends. Something similar could be heading to U.S. shores. In March,...
  • Pew Poll: 56% support NSA tracking phone calls to hunt for terrorists

    06/10/2013 7:04:43 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 71 replies
    Hotair ^ | 06/10/2013 | AllahPundit
    I tweeted the link to this WaPo story and was surprised by how many people seemed surprised by, or even in outright denial about, the results. This has always been a 50/50 issue, more or less; if it wasn't, The One wouldn't have dared to trade his Hopenchange cred for PRISM. The only numbers that really move much in the data from year to year aren’t the topline results but the partisan splits, which predictably shift — a lot, as you’ll see below — depending upon which party is at the controls of NSA.A caveat: In 2006 the question referred...
  • Edward Snowden: Hero? Or Traitor?

    06/10/2013 7:25:14 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 102 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 06/10/2013 | Rick Moran
    You've probably heard by now that the man responsible for the NSA leaks of surveillance programs is a 29-year old high school dropout who was a contract worker for the NSA, Edward Snowden. Snowden is being lionized by both left and right -- at least, those who are reacting emotionally to his revelations. They are, indeed, serious and dangerous. The potential to make the US a police state is great, as is a loss of any sense of privacy for the individual. The potential is also there to head off terrorist attacks. And revealing these surveillance programs almost certainly gives...
  • Verizon security chief used to be high level official at FBI

    06/08/2013 2:31:27 PM PDT · by 867V309 · 9 replies
    dailycaller ^ | 06/07/2013 | Josh Peterson
    The current chief of security of Verizon, a company embroiled in controversy over the recent revelation of a secret government domestic spy program, is a former high level official in the FBI.
  • Democratic Senator Defends Phone Spying, And Says It's Been Going On For 7 Years

    06/06/2013 8:55:16 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 34 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 06/06/2013 | Brett LoGiurato
    Senators on both sides of the political aisle moved to defend the National Security Agency's collection of data from millions of Americans' phone records, saying it has been an ongoing practice that has kept the United States safe. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) told reporters on Thursday that The Guardian's revelation of the court order that compels Verizon to give data on millions of Americans' calls is a standard three-month renewal of a practice that has been ongoing for about seven years. Feinstein, the chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence committee, also defended the practice. "It's called protecting America," she said, according...
  • White House on NSA snooping: You can totally trust us

    06/06/2013 8:06:35 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    Hotair ^ | 06/06/2013 | Ed Morrissey
    The White House admitted this morning that the Guardian story last night was accurate — the NSA has been collecting metadata on Verizon’s phone calls for the last couple of months. Thanks to a secret court order, the phone records and location of calls by over 121 million customers now rest within the vaults of the NSA. And according to the Associated Press’ White House source, that’s no problem, because we can totally trust them to only do nice things with them, and not be evil and rotten like the previous administration who did pretty much the same thing: The...
  • NSA collecting phone records of millions daily, court order reveals (We Are AP)

    06/06/2013 2:56:07 AM PDT · by BushCountry · 26 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 5 June 2013 | Glenn Greenwald
    The National Security Agency is currently collecting the telephone records of millions of US customers of Verizon, one of America's largest telecoms providers, under a top secret court order issued in April. The order, a copy of which has been obtained by the Guardian, requires Verizon on an "ongoing, daily basis" to give the NSA information on all telephone calls in its systems, both within the US and between the US and other countries. The document shows for the first time that under the Obama administration the communication records of millions of US citizens are being collected indiscriminately and in...
  • Schumer: New ‘Gang of Eight’ to draft rules for press subpoenas

    05/27/2013 7:29:15 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 25 replies
    Thehill.com ^ | 5/26/13 | Keith Laing
    Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) on Sunday proposed a new bipartisan “Gang of Eight” to draft a bill to create guidelines for future investigations of media leaks by the government. “I proposed along with [Sen.] Lindsey Graham [R-S.C.], we’ll be announcing that we have four Democrats, four Republicans, another Gang of Eight,” said Schumer on CBS’s Face the Nation. “I love these gangs of eight I guess.” Schumer said the bipartisan group will “introduce “legislation that sets up rules where… if the government wants to go to a member of the press and say you have to divulge your sources and...
  • Revealed: Holder personally vetted Rosen warrant, DOJ fought for prolonged secret monitoring....

    05/24/2013 2:51:35 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 14 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 4:40 pm on May 24, 2013 | Allahpundit
    It’s 4 p.m. ET as I’m writing this. If you had that time plus “deeper complicity for Holder in the Rosen investigation” in the pool, congrats.We already knew that he signed the warrant for Rosen’s e-mails. Now we know for sure that it wasn’t pro forma. President Good Government announced yesterday that he’s ordered the Attorney General to review the DOJ’s guidelines for snooping on reporters. Imagine how dismayed Eric Holder will be when he finds out what Eric Holder’s done. The Justice Department said on Friday that officials up to Attorney General Eric Holder vetted a decision to search...
  • IRS Scandal: Oversight from Washington, All Along

    05/22/2013 7:24:32 PM PDT · by lbryce · 30 replies
    National review Online ^ | May 21, 2013 | Elias Johnson
    From the outset, Internal Revenue Service lawyers based in Washington, D.C., provided important guidance on the handling of tea-party groups’ applications for tax-exempt status, according to both IRS sources and the inspector general’s report released in mid May. Officials in the Technical Unit of the IRS’s Rulings and Agreements office played an integral role in determining how the targeted applications were treated, provided general guidelines to Cincinnati case workers, briefed other agency employees on the status of the special cases, and reviewed all those intrusive requests demanding “more information” from tea-party groups. At times, the Technical Unit lawyers seemed to...
  • CBS Is Investigating How A Reporter's Computer Was Compromised (Critical Of Obama)

    05/21/2013 1:01:23 PM PDT · by blam · 69 replies
    TBI ^ | 5-21-2013 | Brett LoGiurato
    CBS Is Investigating How A Reporter's Computer Was Compromised Brett LoGiurato May 21, 2013, 3:45 PM Sharyl Attkisson CBS Benghazi CBS told Business Insider that it is "investigating" a claim by investigative reporter Sharyl Attkisson alleging an ongoing intrusion into her computers. Attkisson made the claim Tuesday morning during an interview with host Chris Stigall on WPHT Philadelphia. "There's been an issue in my home and an issue with my computers," Attkisson said on the radio show. "It's gone on for quite a long time." Attkisson stressed, however, that she wanted to be careful to not make accusations "against a...
  • Obmacare Funded IRS "Big Data" Project

    05/15/2013 4:59:34 PM PDT · by austinaero · 23 replies
    Chriss Street and Company Blog ^ | 05/15/13 | Chriss Street
    Obamacare Funded big IRS Data - By October 2010, the Internal Revenue Service had the capability to sift through emailing patterns associated with millions of individual internet addresses and have already established 32,000 categories of metadata and 1 million unique “attributes.” The IRS continues to collect tax data, but they also are now acquiring huge volumes of personal information on taxpayers’ digital activities, from eBay auctions to Facebook posts and, for the first time ever, credit card and e-payment transaction records. Dean Silverman, who led the IBM zEnterprise™ 196 systems upgrade bragged: “Private industry would be envious if they knew...
  • FAA Predicts 10,000 Drones Could Be In the Skies By 2020

    03/25/2013 2:58:26 PM PDT · by Nachum · 33 replies
    CNS News ^ | 3/25/13 | Joe Schoffstall
    The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) predicts 10,000 commercial drones could be in the skies by 2020 after guidelines are approved. For now, Congress has asked the FAA to write regulations on civil operation of small unmanned aircraft systems in the national airspace and submit them by 2015. "Once enabled, commercial UAS markets will develop. There are many potential ways for a company to generate revenue from UAS applications, whether from new markets or more efficient applications in established markets. Based upon the expected regulatory environment, FAA predicts roughly 10,000 active commercial UASs in five years," states the FAA Aerospace Forecast...
  • Senate bill rewrite lets feds read your e-mail without warrants

    11/20/2012 7:34:40 AM PST · by Cheerio · 79 replies
    CNET ^ | |November 20, 2012 | Declan McCullagh
    Proposed law scheduled for a vote next week originally increased Americans' e-mail privacy. Then law enforcement complained. Now it increases government access to e-mail and other digital files.
  • riple Lutz Report–Turnkey Totalitarianism is Coming to America–Episode 172

    03/18/2012 11:30:44 AM PDT · by appeal2 · 4 replies
    The Financial Survival Network ^ | 03/18/2012 | Kerry Lutz
    Freedom to pursue your own happiness was guaranteed in the US Constitution. It was a novel ground-breaking earth-shattering ideal that has left statists scrambling ever since. The way they take away your freedoms is one at a time. First they go after freedoms that most people deem unnecessary or repugnant, like using drugs or advertising tabacco. Then they go after the freedoms that matter to you, like speech, the right to defend yourself, buying light bulbs or so many others that are currently under attack. Marijuana prohibitions are supported by law enforcement lobbyists who cash in big time. Just follow...
  • What You Need to Know About the Internet Snooping Bill (and How You Can Protect Yourself)

    07/31/2011 4:38:42 PM PDT · by lbryce · 19 replies
    Lifehacker ^ | July 29, 2011 | Adam Dachis
    On Thursday, the US House of Representatives approved an internet snooping bill that requires internet service providers (ISPs) to keep records of customer activity for a year so police can review them as needed. Here's what this bill means for you and what you can do about it. What Is This Internet Snooping Bill, Exactly, and Why Is It Bad? The lovingly titled Protecting Children From Internet Pornographers Act of 2011 (PCFIPA of 2011) requires ISPs to retain customer names, addresses, phone numbers, credit card numbers, bank account numbers, and dynamic IP addresses. It's a record of your personal information...
  • Feds to remotely delete Coreflood from infected PCs

    04/27/2011 2:45:41 PM PDT · by decimon · 12 replies
    Digital Trends ^ | April 27, 2011 | Geoff Duncan
    In an unusual move, federal authorities will be contacting computer users with systems infected by the Coreflood botnet Trojan and asking them to agree to allow them to send commands to the malware so it will delete itself. The move comes in the in the wake of a coordinated takedown earlier this month by the FBI and other authorities, in which the U.S. government essentially substituted its own command-and-control servers in place of those used by Coreflood and issued commands telling the program to shut down on infected PCs. The move reduced activity from the Coreflood botnet by about 90...
  • Lawmakers push for bipartisan bill to fight online child porn

    03/18/2011 2:36:19 PM PDT · by Raymann · 18 replies
    The Hill ^ | 03/18/11 | Jordy Yager
    A bipartisan group of House lawmakers is drafting a bill that would require Internet service companies to maintain the computer identification records of users for the FBI to work with in investigating child-pornography suspects. Democratic Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (Fla.) has thrown her support behind the measure, which, with its sponsor, Republican House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (Texas), could prove to be one of the rare pieces of legislation that manages to find bipartisan support in an increasingly divided House. The bill, which Smith is planning to introduce in the next several weeks, would require Internet service providers (ISPs)...
  • Data Mining: How Companies Now Know Everything About You

    03/10/2011 4:01:59 PM PST · by LucyT · 33 replies
    Time; Business and Tech ^ | Thursday, Mar. 10, 2011 | Joel Stein
    Three hours after I gave my name and e-mail address to Michael Fertik, the CEO of Reputation.com, he called me back and read my Social Security number to me. [snip] In the past few months, I have been told many more-interesting facts about myself than my Social Security number. I've gathered a bit of the vast amount of data that's being collected both online and off by companies in stealth — taken from the websites I look at, the stuff I buy, my Facebook photos, my warranty cards, my customer-reward cards, the songs I listen to online, surveys I was...
  • CES Opens Tonight: What could it bring?

    01/05/2011 10:30:58 AM PST · by hoagy62 · 1 replies
    Me | 1/6/11 | Hoagy62
    Well, the Consumer Electronics Show (or CES as it's better known) opens in Las Vegas tonight. The keynote speaker, as it was last year, is Microsoft CEO Steve "I'm a bald, ugly guy who has more money than you know what to do with in your lifetime" Ballmer. According to those that follow such things, the two big things that'll be highlighted at the CES this year are A) tablet computers, and B) getting everything you own connected to the Internet. Tablet computers are starting to be a huge thing. Since the iPad was so successful, everyone wants to get...
  • Google admits that its Street View cars DID take emails and passwords from computers

    10/24/2010 6:52:06 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 38 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | Monday, October 25, 2010 | Vanessa Allen
    In an astonishing invasion of privacy, it admitted entire emails, web pages and even passwords were 'mistakenly collected' by antennae on its high-tech Street View cars... The Information Commissioner's Office said it would launch a new investigation. Scotland Yard is already considering whether the company has broken the law. Google executive Alan Eustace issued a grovelling apology and said the company was 'mortified', adding: 'We're acutely aware that we failed badly.' ...Google sent a fleet of specially equipped cars around Britain in 2008, armed with 360-degree cameras to gather photographs for its Street View project... Privacy fears followed when it...
  • Government Seeks Back Door Into All Our Communications

    10/08/2010 11:06:18 PM PDT · by justlittleoleme · 24 replies
    Electronic Frontier Foundation ^ | September 27th, 2010 | Seth Schoen
    The New York Times reported this morning on a Federal government plan to put government-mandated back doors in all communications systems, including all encryption software. The Times said the Obama administration is drafting a law that would impose a new "mandate" that all communications services be "able to intercept and unscramble encrypted messages" — including ordering "[d]evelopers of software that enables peer-to-peer communication [to] redesign their service to allow interception".
  • U.S. Wants Broader Internet Wiretap Authority

    09/27/2010 6:48:53 AM PDT · by Doogle · 21 replies
    FOX NEWS ^ | 09/27/10 | FOXNEWS
    The Obama administration is developing plans that would require all Internet-based communication services -- such as encrypted BlackBerry e-mail, Facebook, and Skype -- to be capable of complying with federal wiretap orders, according to a report published Monday. National security officials and federal law enforcement argue their ability to eavesdrop on terror suspects is increasingly "going dark," The New York Times reported, as more communication takes place via Internet services, rather than by traditional telephone. The bill, which the White House plans to deliver to Congress next year, would require communication service providers be technically capable of intercepting and decrypting...
  • A New Way to Hold Republicans Accountable (BARFER W/CHUNKS)

    08/19/2010 10:42:40 PM PDT · by wac3rd · 11 replies
    The Democratic Party ^ | 8-13-10 | Shauna Daly
    Friend - With Congress's August recess now under way, Republican members of Congress are starting to show up at Tea Party events and campaign rallies all over the country. We saw last year during the fight for health reform that this is a time when the extremists run rampant. Remember "death panels?" This year, Republicans are looking to have it both ways, trying to appeal to independent voters while making promises to the Tea Party crowd to pursue an extreme right-wing agenda if they regain control of Congress. Who knows what's being said when the cameras aren't running? We don't...