surveillance

FBI Practically Begs For 'Front Door' Access To Encrypted Data

FBI Director James Comey has some advice for the tech companies and great people of America: Work harder at coming up with custom encryption solutions for law enforcement, or the terrorists win.


An Artful Reminder That Surveillance Is Becoming Second Nature 

From far enough away, this installation by the Czech artist Jakub Geltner almost looks like a flock of seagulls preening at the end of a jetty. Almost.


Hacking Team's Lame Excuse For Selling Digital Weapons To Sudan

Hacking Team, the company now equally known for selling intrusive spyware to governments and getting royally hacked, has words for people who disagree with its habit of peddling powerful cyberweapons to regimes with terrible human rights records: What’s a “repressive” regime, anyway?


Hack Exposes What An Utter Piece Of Shit This Spyware Company Is

Spyware maker Hacking Team just asked its customers to stop using is software in the wake of a large data breach. Good! Because Hacking Team is a corrupt trashcan company that provides weapons to criminals.


France's Three Most Recent Presidents Got Wiretapped By The NSA 

Wikileaks published a collection of secret intelligence reports on France from the National Security Agency today, revealing that the NSA spied on the phones of France’s three most recent presidents and top political players, including current president François Hollande.


Why The NSA Didn't Want Your Anti-Virus Software To Work 

Anti-virus software is supposed to keep computers safe from intruders, but spy agencies in the US and UK tried to break into these softwares for exactly the opposite purpose: To track their users.


Welcome To The Fake City Where US Homeland Security Tests Its Drones

Does Homeland Security have a sense of humour? This is Liberty City, the Grand Theft Auto inspired “urban obstacle course” where the department tests drones for potential public safety applications.


How A Gaolbird Con Artist Uncovered A Secret FBI Surveillance Tool

A disgraced lawyer, sitting in gaol, obsessed with a kooky theory that the government tracked him by sending secret rays into his house… ends up discovering a secret government mobile phone tracking program. Sounds like bizarre noir, right? But it’s true.


Obama Took A Tiny Step Towards Reform By Signing The USA Freedom Act

After a tense battle over renewing key provisions of the Patriot Act, the US Senate passed the USA Freedom Act, a bill meant to limit the US government’s surveillance apparatus. Barack Obama signed the bill last night.