NSA infiltrated online games in hunt for terrorists

The NSA described games communities, such as World of Warcraft, as a ‘target-rich network’ where potential terrorists could ‘hide in plain sight’.

Because of leaks from the former National Security Agency employee, Edward Snowden, the NSA is still under the microscope. The NSA has been straddling a fine line between being a terrifying and comically inept government institution. Now, in the latter category: a report that the NSA infiltrated the dark world of online gaming.

 

 

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Fallout from NSA leaks hurting U.S. tech sales in China

Beijing has long mistrusted foreign technology companies and the Snowden revelations have exacerbated those concerns.

The fallout from the U.S. spying scandal is starting to take its toll as U.S. technology companies including Cisco Systems Inc and IBM Corp are facing unprecedented difficulties selling their goods and services in China.

 

 

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Government mass surveillance will create a surge of technology spending

A simple graphic that shows how the NSA hacked Google.

As technology races ahead, from time to time public debate and the law of the land must catch up to it. Government surveillance is one of the most important technology issues of our times. In the US, the NSA files have already had a profound impact on the perceptions of Americans about surveillance and civil liberties. Outside the US, Germany is aghast that the US and UK, NATO allies would spy on Angela Merkel and Germany. On the other hand, there is some evidence that the NSA has aided in combating Mexican drug cartels and prevented terrorism.

 

 

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Our best defenders against Big Brother may be Google and Facebook

The big online companies are calling for urgent reforms to protect us from having data intercepted.

Over a few weeks’ worth of bedtimes in the summer of 1984, my dad read me Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell. Though the dystopian context would have been lost on nine-year old me, the pervasive malevolence and the futility of the struggle was not.

 

 

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Does the NSA put U.S. elections at risk of manipulation?

NSA

During the last presidential election, did the Obama Administration ever spy on Mitt Romney? The question was raised by Alex Tabarrok at the popular economics blog Marginal Revolution and he acknowledges that it is provocative. Until recently, he would’ve regarded it as a “loony” question, he writes, and he doesn’t think that President Obama ordered the NSA to spy on Romney for political gain.

 

 

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Tim Berners-Lee denounces encryption cracking by spy agencies

Sir Tim Berners-Lee

The computer scientist who created the world wide web, Sir Tim Berners-Lee, has called for a “full and frank public debate” over internet surveillance by the National Security Agency and its British counterpart,GCHQ. He warns that the system of checks and balances that oversee the agencies has failed.

 

 

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Since monitoring emails and phone calls wasn’t enough, NSA now plans to watch you with super tiny drones

Black Hornet

Flying insects have one huge advantage over humans: the gift of enhanced mobility. Insects are small and nimble enough to get into almost any tight space, so it makes sense to create a similarly sized drone for stealth military missions.

 

 

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NSA scans 75% of all U.S. internet traffic

The NSA’s surveillance network covers more Americans’ Internet communications than officials have publicly disclosed.

The existence of several NSA programs that allow for far greater surveillance than the government has admitted to, and, importantly, detail how the government forces Internet service providers (ISPs) to hand over raw data, Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday.

 

 

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Google now triple-encrypts all data in Google Cloud Storage

Until all pieces of the cloud — and the internet — are known secure, it’s hard to trust that any level of server-side encryption will completely do the job.

You would probably think that the NSA and other shadowy government agencies are the world’s biggest cloud proponents: all your data, all the time, in the cloud, where Prism and XKeyscore can, apparently, access it.

 

 

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XKeyscore – new NSA tool sees “nearly everything” you do online

The XKeyscore software collects the contents and metadata from emails, online chats and Web browsing history for virtually anyone.

A Guardian report has revealed that NSA training materials openly said that the XKeyscore system, which it says formed a significant part of its PRISM surveillance activities disclosed by Edward Snowden last month, collected massive amounts of data, including the contents and the metadata of emails and chats.

 

 

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NSA surveillance is criminal

National Security Agency headquarters at Fort Meade, Maryland.

New York Times: The revelations that telecom carriers have been secretly giving the National Security Agency information about Americans’ phone calls, and that the N.S.A. has been capturing e-mail and other private communications from Internet companies as part of a secret program called Prism, have not enraged most Americans. Lulled, perhaps, by the Obama administration’s claims that these “modest encroachments on privacy” were approved by Congress and by federal judges, public opinion quickly migrated from shock to “meh.”

 

 

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