Larry Ellison's Oracle Started As a CIA Project

Yesterday, Vox somehow managed to write an entire article about the history of Oracle and its founder Larry Ellison without mentioning the CIA even once. Which is pretty astounding, given the fact that Oracle takes its name from a 1977 CIA project codename. And that the CIA was Oracle's first customer. » 9/19/14 1:02pm Yesterday 1:02pm

The NSA Made Its Own Google to Help Share Your Data with Cops

Well, here's timely NSA revelation for you: The Intercept reports that the spy agency built a "Google-like" search engine for its seemingly bottomless cache of data on persons of interest. This tool allows the spy agency to share over 850 billion records with nearly two dozen U.S. government organizations, including… » 8/25/14 5:34pm 8/25/14 5:34pm

The Drone-Ready NSA Can Trap a Terrorist with a Single Email

We already knew that the NSA was collecting a lot of data with its many surveillance tools—like, a lot of data. But new details about the agency's role in the CIA's drone program show that they're collecting incredibly detailed data, too. Detailed enough to catch a terrorist with a single email. » 10/17/13 11:00am 10/17/13 11:00am

Unpaid Members of the NSA Probe Refuse to Meet Because of the Shutdown

So, you know how the federal government all shut down because Congress failed to come up with a budget to pay the employees? Well, the members of the special committee set up to investigate the intelligence community just threw in the towel, too. But they weren't even getting paid in the first place. » 10/07/13 3:00pm 10/07/13 3:00pm

Leaked Documents Detail the Cyber Operations of US Spy Agencies

The Washington Post has some more documents that reveal the offensive cyber-operations of US spy agencies. The cyber campaign is even broader and more aggressive than we first thought and uses movie-appropriate code names like GENIE, TAO, TURBINE and The ROC. Apparently, US spy agencies launched 231 offensive… » 8/30/13 10:51pm 8/30/13 10:51pm

The Mastermind of 9/11 Kept Sane in Jail by Designing a Vacuum Cleaner

Besides being waterboarded and kept awake for 180 hours, there's not an awful lot to do when you're in the custody of the CIA for orchestrating the biggest terrorist attack in American history. So after he spilled all the secrets he could spill, 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheik Mohammed did what anyone in his position… » 7/11/13 10:51am 7/11/13 10:51am

The Architecture Of Surveillance

This past week, major documents were leaked detailing PRISM, a top secret government program that directed tech companies to spy on Americans by turning over their data to the National Security Agency, among other branches of the Department of Homeland Security. Despite obvious threats to the right to privacy, the… » 6/11/13 12:30pm 6/11/13 12:30pm

Want To Know Everything About Everyone? Work the Prism For Palantir!

"I applied for a writer job at Palantir," a California journalist tells Front! "They specialize in using artificial intelligence to analyze data, something like that. My [Republican friend] works there. I have a few tidbits from the hiring process—they are sort of menacing, in retrospect." It's apparently a tough… » 6/07/13 5:58pm 6/07/13 5:58pm