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The US Government's Biometric Tracking Tech Makes Being A US Spy Harder

Here’s some fun irony: The same biometric tracking technologies developed by the US government to track terrorists and would-be unauthorised immigrants is so effective it can also be used to out US spies in the field.


That Time Hackers Changed The CIA Website To 'Central Stupidity Agency'

On September 16, 1996, Swedish hackers changed the CIA’s website to read “Central Stupidity Agency” instead of “Central Intelligence Agency”. Experts believe it to be one of the sickest burns delivered to the agency in all of 1996.


The CIA Has Been Desperately Trying To Break Apple's Encryption System

The Intercept is reporting that Central Intelligence Agency researchers have been waging a multi-year campaign to break the security systems used by Apple on its devices.


CIA Helped US Justice Department Build Spy Planes To Snoop On Phones

There are rules barring the CIA from getting involved in matters of domestic surveillance. But here’s some news: The CIA played a key role in developing a sketchy domestic dragnet phone snooping technology used by the Justice Department, according to a Wall Street Journal report.


The CIA Is Investing In 3D Printers That Can Build Electronics

The 3D-printing industry is still very much in its infancy. But that could change if the CIA has its way. The intelligence agency’s venture capital firm just invested in Voxel8, the company behind the first multi-material, 3D electronics printer.


A History Of Internet Spying, Part 2

How long have intelligence agencies been keeping tabs on the internet? And what role did these agencies play in creating the internet we use today? For the most part, these kinds of questions have been relegated to comments sections on random blogs and the occasional tweet from researchers. So we’re hoping to remedy that in whatever small way we can, starting with a look at the 1960s and 70s.


Plan C: America's Nuclear Doomsday Plan To Declare Martial Law

Newly released documents show that the US government drew up a plan in April of 1956 for how to deal with an impending nuclear war. What was its strategy? Declaration of martial law, evacuation of top American personnel to secret offices, and the immediate detention of over 12,000 people with ties to “subversive organisations.” It was called Plan C.


The CIA Has Cleared Its Own Spies Of Snooping On US Senate Computers

Remember how the CIA was forced to admit that it had “improperly penetrated” Senate Intelligence Committee computers? Well, perhaps unsurprisingly, a CIA-led investigation has cleared the agency of misdemeanour, calling the incident a “mistake” and certainly not “malfeasance”.


Why Is It Called Area 51?

Despite the CIA’s release of previously classified documents in 2013 that acknowledged the existence of Area 51 as a top-secret US government research facility, many questions about the site remain unanswered. One of the most innocuous, but nonetheless puzzling, is its choice of name. Although theories abound, one plausible explanation is that the moniker derives from its designation as a nuclear weapons testing site.


The CIA Has To Approve Every Script For Spy Drama 'The Americans'

The Cold War TV spy drama The Americans is a fictional account of two Soviet spies living in the United States. It may be fiction, but that doesn’t stop American intelligence agencies from being concerned about the show’s content. In fact, the CIA has to approve every script before it’s even shot.


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