privacy

A Google Glass App That Helps The Watchers Watch The Watchmen

If you’re committed to avoiding the gaze of the ever-growing number of cameras recording our every move, Google Glass hardly seems like a sensible purchase. That is, unless your face-computer can steer you around each camera’s field of view. Enter Sander Veenhof’s new Glass app, Watch Your Privacy. Now, you and your Glass can watch the watchers.


Bill Gates's New Patent Would Keep Glassholes From Spying On Your Screens

Google’s big Glass free-for-all has come and gone, but whether or not anyone actually bought the damn thing, cameras are popping up all over the place, and people are starting to get (perhaps rightfully) paranoid. Fortunately, there could be tech in the future to save your screens from prying camera eyes. And Bill Gates has the patent.


Try The Super-Secure USB Drive OS That Edward Snowden Insists On Using

We all know that Edward Snowden insists on secure email, but he’s also very picky about his operating systems too. In fact, he uses a free, super-secure version of Linux — called Tails — that fits on a USB stick and can be used on any computer without leaving a trace.


FBI Wants 52 Million Photos In Its Face Recognition Database By 2015

New documents released by the FBI show that the Bureau is well on its way toward its goal of a fully operational face recognition database by this (northern) summer. EFF received these records in response to our Freedom of Information Act lawsuit for information on Next Generation Identification (NGI) — the FBI’s massive biometric database that may hold records on as much as one third of the US population.


Report: Obama Lets NSA Exploit Some Internet Flaws

Over the weekend, it was revealed that US President Barack Obama thinks that when the National Security Agency discovers major flaws in internet security, it should be allowed to exploit it if there’s a “a clear national security or law enforcement need”. The thinking has not been revealed by the White House publicly, but is said to have been discussed during the president’s recent considerations of NSA reform.


Banksy's Latest Depicts Spying, Right Outside The UK Intelligence HQ

What’s alleged to be Banksy’s latest piece of artwork has popped up on the side of a house in UK town of Cheltenham, and it depicts security agents spying on a public phone — right round the corner from the UK’s intelligence centre, GCHQ. The piece is located just down the road from the UK’s Government Communications Headquarters — the home of all things intelligence on the other side of the Atlantic.


Report: NSA Used Heartbleed To Spy On People For Years

It’s true. After days of speculation over whether the NSA knew about the Heartbleed vulnerability that affected as many as two thirds of the websites on the internet, two anonymous sources tell Bloomberg that the NSA didn’t just know about it, they used it to gather intelligence.


The Simple Security Measure That Could Have Stopped Heartbleed Dead

We learned yesterday of a catastrophic bug, nicknamed “Heartbleed” that has critically threatened the security of some HTTPS sites since 2011. By some estimates, Heartbleed affects two out of three web servers on the internet.


Intrepid Hackers Use Chinese Take-Away Menu To Access Major Oil Company

With big companies taking every precaution against malware they can possibly think of, it’s getting increasingly difficult for hackers to wedge their way in. So instead of going after the highly secure company employee accounts themselves, hackers are going after what those employees hold most dear — Chinese food.


Fusion Centres: The 78 Local Intelligence Hubs Spying On Us All

While NSA surveillance has been front and centre in the news recently, fusion centres are a part of the surveillance state that deserve close scrutiny. Fusion centres are a local arm of the so-called “intelligence community”, the 17 intelligence agencies coordinated by the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC) in the US.