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US Government Refuses To Prove Snowden Damaged National Security

Did Edward Snowden actually damage national security? There’s no way in hell to tell from official documents released to the press — they have been thoroughly redacted to the point of uselessness.


It Took Police Three Years To Fully Shut Down A Money-Stealing Botnet

Back in 2012 the Ramnit worm wriggled its way through social networks and onto the computers of over three million computers, and began to steal sensitive information like bank account details. Now, almost three years later, police have announced that the botnet behind the scourge has been fully shut down.


Cops In The US Are Using Stingray Surveillance For Minor Crimes Like 911 Hangups

Florida police are using Stingray tracking devices — powerful surveillance tools cloaked in secrecy, capable of hoovering data from the phones of anyone in a wide search area — to catch thousands of suspects, even in low-level crimes like 911 hangups.


We Need Ground Rules On How To Keep Our Brain Data Private

There’s still no technology in the world that lets you listen in on someone’s thoughts. But fMRI advances are making it easier than ever to measure, interpret, and even reconstruct brain activity, and a growing market of wearables with electroencephalographic (EEG) components and brain-computer interfaces means that there are more ways to map our brainwaves than ever before.


Great, Drones Are Spying On Mobile Phone Signals Now

Right now, at least one ad company is using drones to spy on unsuspecting citizens. And it’s having a “ton of fun” doing it.


How To Remove Superfish Adware From Your Lenovo Computer

We recently learned that PC manufacturer Lenovo is selling computers preinstalled with a dangerous piece of software, called Superfish, that uses a man-in-the-middle attack to break Windows’ encrypted Web connections for the sake of advertising. Research from EFF’s decentralised SSL observatory has seen many thousands of Superfish certificates that have all been signed with the same root certificate, showing that HTTPS security for at least Internet Explorer, Chrome, and Safari for Windows, on all of these Lenovo laptops, is now broken.


Your Phone's Battery Use Lets Spies Track Your Movements

Spies and cops can use your smartphone to track your movements. That’s no mystery — most smartphones come with a GPS chip that makes it pretty damned simple. So if you don’t want to be tracked, you just turn off the GPS feature, right? Unfortunately, there is another way prying eyes can follow your movements: through your Android phone’s battery.


Lenovo Made An Automatic Removal Tool For Its Adware Mess

Lenovo’s pre-installation of the Superfish adware is one of the biggest fuck-ups the company could have made, but at least it’s cleaning up fairly quickly: it created a custom uninstall tool to clean your computer of the program and its certificates and in a responsibly transparent move, also posted the source code and licence of the removal tool for scrutiny.


Lenovo Installs Superfish Adware On Its New Computers

Oh no, Lenovo. Users are reporting on the company’s forums that its computers are coming installed with adware straight out of the box — that can monitor secure connections.


Here Is The Spy Equipment That Powers The FBI's Secret Dragnet

The FBI is going to remarkable lengths to hide information about its surveillance program that intercepts calls and texts with equipment called Stingrays.