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Stanford scientists 'eavesdrop' on the human brain

A new method of recording brain activity affords scientists unprecedented monitoring -- and yes, it involves temporarily removing a portion of a patient's skull to insert packets of electrodes.

By October 15, 2013


NSA can eavesdrop on Americans' phone calls, documents show

The Guardian newspaper posts classified documents showing intelligence analysts have broad access to intercepted communications but aren't supposed to "target" Americans.

By June 20, 2013


U.N. summit votes to support Internet eavesdropping

Deep packet inspection standard adopted despite Germany's warning that it will "empower" censorship. Other uses: detecting BitTorrent transfers and identifying "copyright protected audio content."

By December 5, 2012


Supreme Court closes door on warrantless eavesdropping suit

After bouncing around the courts for years, the U.S.'s highest court puts an end to the case that aimed to hold AT&T liable for letting the government spy on people's phone calls and emails.

By October 9, 2012


RIM chief suggests method for eavesdropping

In an AP interview, co-CEO Jim Balsillie says governments that want to access private BlackBerry communications could ask companies for the encryption keys, and that would be okay with RIM.

By September 28, 2010


Q&A: Researcher Karsten Nohl on mobile eavesdropping

Researcher who tackled smart card security last year talks to CNET about how easy it is to listen in on GSM-based mobile phone calls now that the encryption has been cracked.

By January 1, 2010


Researchers offer tools for eavesdropping and video hijacking

UCSniff can be used to spy on video conference calls while VideoJak allows for hijacking of video streams.

By July 31, 2009


Tech giants deny helping Iran eavesdrop

A Nokia-Siemens joint venture denies allegations it provided Internet wiretapping gear to Iran, leaving many to wonder who's aiding the Internet snoops? Or are their Net restrictions entirely homemade?

By June 22, 2009


Report: NSA tried to eavesdrop on Congress member

A New York Times article says the National Security Agency engaged in illegal surveillance activities in the past few months. The government says abuses have been resolved.

By April 16, 2009


The Pudding: Eavesdropping to sell you stuff

The start-up, launching at DemoFall '07, will analyze phone conversations in order to provide contextual ads.

By September 24, 2007