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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.


Proposal To Massively Expand FBI's Legal Hacking Abilities Moves Forward

Oh, good. A US Department of Justice-proposed rule change that would make it way easier for FBI agents to obtain warrants to hack a computer from basically anywhere was just approved by a US Court committee.


Drug Cartel Hid A Secret Camera Surveillance System In A Mexican Town

CCTV and other security cameras are meant to stop crime, but an ingenious drug ring in a Mexican border town turned the lens back on the police, hiding an elaborate secret system of internet-controlled security cameras as a counter-surveillance program.


Americans Value Privacy But Don't Trust Tech Companies To Provide It

Americans want privacy as much as ever — but in the digital age, most think it’s a lost cause. That, at least, is the depressing takeaway from a new Pew report, which shows that the faith of US citizens in digital service providers (and themselves) to protect their data is abysmally low.


The Pentagon Wants Special Ops To Carry DNA Scanners

The United States’ most elite soldiers have been collecting DNA samples from suspected terrorists for years. But because analysis normally takes three weeks, it’s been a pretty useless chore. Now, however, U.S. Special Operations Command is testing a machine that can do it in 90 minutes. Get ready for advanced biometric warfare.


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