The National Security Agency, along with its UK counterpart, the GCHQ, has taken to video games to spy on alleged terrorists, according to a new report.
The Guardian reported on Monday that leaked documents obtained from Edward Snowden show that the NSA several years ago determined that online games could be a breeding ground for terrorist activity. In response, the US and UK set out a plan to monitor activity on popular games, World of Warcraft and Second Life. Xbox Live gaming was also targeted in that effort.… Read more
A handful of the most powerful tech companies are calling on President Obama and Congress to set limits on government surveillance efforts following a steady stream of revelations about data collected by the National Security Agency.
A brief letter, signed by eight companies including Apple, Google, and Microsoft, urges adoption of reforms to government surveillance efforts that are transparent, clearly defined by law, and subject to independent oversight. A version of the letter, which was also signed by Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Yahoo, and AOL, appears in full-page ads in the Monday editions of the New York Times and Washington Post, … Read more
Big Brother may be watching you. But Glenn Greenwald is watching Big Brother.
That's not a bad take on how the 46-year-old constitutional-law attorney turned crusading journalist turned thorn in the side of the NSA might describe his mission.
At least in part. Greenwald is doing more than just watching. By combing through the tens of thousands of classified NSA documents leaked to him by Edward Snowden -- and publishing in newspapers around the globe report after report on the secretive agency's mass-spying activities -- he's got the whole world watching too.
Through his efforts, he's … Read more
Comparing government surveillance to sophisticated malware and cyber attacks, Microsoft said late Wednesday it will encrypt Internet traffic traveling through its data centers.
Brad Smith, Microsoft's general counsel, wrote in a company blog post that the software giant is taking steps to ensure that any government surveillance of the Internet is conducted legally rather than by a technological subterfuge. Not mentioning the National Security Agency by name, Smith said Microsoft was especially alarmed by allegations that "some governments" had collected customer data from the Internet without warrants.
"If true, these efforts threaten to seriously undermine confidence … Read more
Where's Waldo? Ask the NSA.
That's right, you can add location tracking to the list of surveillance activities being carried out by the secretive US National Security Agency.
Citing documents from the trove leaked by former agency contractor Edward Snowden, as well as statements from US intelligence officials, The Washington Post reports that the agency is sucking up "5 billion records a day on the whereabouts of cell phones around the world" and storing location info on "at least hundreds of millions of devices."
And though US citizens aren't targeted by the program (… Read more
Ah, 2013. The year Microsoft continued to be, well, Microsoft, everyone tried to get their mobile on, and Samsung tried to show the world that it's going to be king of wearable tech.
Yup, there were gaffes. There always are. We also saw the launch product for a now-failing platform (and failing company), and the company that wanted to the entire planet to phone Home. And who can forget our nation's Capitol: A stream of leaks that showed the world that, yes, Uncle Sam is watching every click you make, not to mention those of foreign dignitaries. And … Read more
The National Security Agency monitored and spotlighted the online pornography practices and financial misdeeds of six Muslim "radicalizers" so that their authority could be undermined by showing hypocrisy, according to a new report.
The "radicalizers appear to be particularly vulnerable in the area of authority when their private and public behaviors are not consistent," the Huffington Post reported Tuesday, quoting from an October 3, 2012, report released after former NSA contractor Edward Snowden leaked it.
Vulnerabilities included using donations for personal expenses, charging exorbitant speaking fees, and "viewing sexually explicit material online or using sexually … Read more
Microsoft has been an outspoken critic of the National Security Agency's surveillance program, yet it has trailed behind other major tech companies in amping up its Internet encryption practices. However, that could soon change.
The tech giant is looking to overhaul its system for encrypting Internet traffic, according to the Washington Post. Sources familiar with the matter told the newspaper that Microsoft is making the change because it believes the NSA might have breached its global communications systems.
Microsoft's conclusions most likely stem from documents leaked by the former NSA contractor Edward Snowden. In October, the Washington Post … Read more