surveillance

The DEA Is Buying Off-The-Shelf Spyware From A Sketchy Company 

The Drug Enforcement Agency has been quietly spending millions on off-the-shelf spyware for the past few years. Motherboard’s Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai traced the DEA’s $US2.4 million in purchases of malware for snooping called Remote Control System.


The FBI Lets Criminals Walk In Order To Keep This Device A Secret

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is notoriously secretive about its cell phone tracking tools known as Stingrays. Now, new documents obtained by the ACLU show how the Feds keep their surveillance gadgets shrouded in mystery: the FBI makes cops dismiss criminal cases if they threaten to reveal secrets about Stingrays.


US Authorities Were Dragnet-Spying On Billions Of American Phone Calls For Decades 

Indiscriminate spying was the DEA’s blunt force weapon of choice in its “War on Drugs”. The Drug Enforcement Agency and the Justice Department tracked billions of Americans’ phone calls, even people not suspected of crimes, for decades — and it looks like collateral damage wasn’t much of a concern.


Rand Paul's 'NSA Spy Cam Blocker' Might As Well Be Masking Tape

Trained ophthalmologist Rand Paul wins the chucklegoof-of-the-day award today. Not because he’s running for the US Presidency though! But rather because the United States senator is selling an “NSA Spy Cam Blocker” in his little fundraising store for $US15. But of course a little bit of buzz-hungry fundraising will not actually stop the government from spying on you.


NSA Has A Special Room To Find Terrorist Memos Hidden In Porn  

If you’re working for the National Security Agency, watching hours of hardcore porno can be just another day at work. So much so, there’s even a special porn room in which to protect national security. Where agents look past boobs for clues in the glut of smut.


The FBI Has Its Own Secret Brand Of Malware 

It’s not only digital criminals who like to secretly infect people’s computers with invasive malware. In fact, the FBI likes malware so much, it created its own special brand. We don’t know much about it, but now that the US Department of Justice is pushing for policy changes that will allow the FBI to install spyware on citizens’ computers even more easily, it’s time to take a closer look.


The FBI's Drone Pilot Team Is Just Two Dudes

The US Justice Department inspector general’s recent audit of the FBI’s drone program revealed something surprising: the FBI drone pilot team is literally just two people sitting in a room.


The US Government Is Testing Myriad Invasive Biometric Surveillance Methods

Government agencies are currently in the process of secretly testing new surveillance and monitoring at points of entry into the United States, according to leaked documents obtained by Motherboard. You’re going to want to hear about this.


CISA Bill Promises Safety, But Actually Expands US Government Surveillance

Remember when everyone freaked about CISPA, the US cybersecurity bill with scary privacy implications? CISA, a similarly-named cybersecurity bill, is here to take its place. Even after adding fifteen amendments, the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act is a dangerous piece of US legislation.


5 Unsettling Works Of Encryption Art

Encryption is the process of encoding a message, and today we have incredibly sophisticated software and algorithms that make our encrypted messages almost impossible to decode. But how does it work? These art projects answer that question by exploring how encryption has become part of daily lives.