Edward Snowden Got a Bunch of NSA Info By Stealing a Coworker's Password

It's fun to imagine the spy games that must have been involved in Edward Snowden's exposure of the NSA's massively invasive surveillance techniques. But, as NBC reports, a lot of that information came the way you might snoop on your significant others' email: He stole some poor sap's password. » 2/12/14 11:18pm 2/12/14 11:18pm

Angry Birds Maker: We Do Not Collaborate With Spies

The maker of Angry Birds, one of the world's most popular video games of any type, today said it "does not share data, collaborate or collude with any government spy agencies." The statement follows a report yesterday that said American and British spies have harvested data collected by the game. » 1/28/14 6:20pm 1/28/14 6:20pm

Edward Snowden Takes a Victory Lap

The Washington Post just published the first interview with Edward Snowden since the initial wave of press after the 30-year-old former analyst's leaks this summer. His main theme: Edward Snowden done good. » 12/24/13 10:25am 12/24/13 10:25am

NSA Admits That Edward Snowden Stole Up to 200,000 Documents

It's been nearly half a year since the first revelations from Edward Snowden's leak made it into the press, but until now, we've been in the dark about exactly how big that leak was. Well, ladies and gentlemen, NSA Director General Keith Alexander is finally shining a light in that direction. » 11/14/13 5:05pm 11/14/13 5:05pm

The Dark Mail Alliance Wants to Reinvent Email as We Know It

In the wake of the Edward Snowden leaks, we've seen at least two encrypted email services close shop in the face of government scrutiny. They're not giving up on the mission, however. In fact, these freedom fighters now say they're coming back twice as strong and twice as committed to shutting out the NSA. » 10/30/13 2:06pm 10/30/13 2:06pm

The NSA Has Hacked Mexican and Brazilian Government Email For Years

Beginning in May 2010, the NSA gained access to the Mexican Presidencia domain on the Mexican Presidential network and began monitoring then-president Felipe Calderon's email account, according to a document leaked to Der Spiegel by Edward Snowden. The document also shows that the NSA has been surveilling the Brazilian … » 10/20/13 1:07pm 10/20/13 1:07pm

The NSA's Been Trying to Hack into Tor's Anonymous Internet For Years

This shouldn't come as a huge surprise, but the NSA has reportedly been trying (and failing) to break into the Tor network for years. It turns out that Tor, a suite of tools to protect anonymity online, is just too secure as an infrastructure. Individual users, however, are less secure. » 10/04/13 11:53am 10/04/13 11:53am

How the Feds Bullied Snowden's Email Provider into Shutting Down

New details have emerged in the saga of Lavabit, the now offline secure email provider used by Edward Snowden. Apparently, the government tried (and failed) to strong arm the service into giving up its private SSL key, a major security concession that would've given Uncle Sam access to all user data. » 10/02/13 6:19pm 10/02/13 6:19pm

NSA Stores Metadata of Millions of Internet Users for a Year at a Time

The NSA is collecting—and storing for up to 365 days—the metadata of millions of internet users, sometimes even if they're not connected to a terrorism target. Don't go gasping with disbelief too quickly. You should be used to this kind of news by now. » 9/30/13 3:07pm 9/30/13 3:07pm

Snowden Reportedly Started Stealing Spy Documents While Working at Dell

The neverending Edward Snowden saga is getting some new characters with a new Reuters report that tracks the origins of his secret document-stashing not to the NSA but to former employer Dell Computer. Wait, Dell? What do they have to do with spying? You'd be surprised. » 8/16/13 1:56pm 8/16/13 1:56pm

Google: Non-Gmail Users Have No Legitimate Expectation of Privacy…

Here's some more bad news to add to the pile of concern over email vulnerability, a brief filed by Google's attorneys has just surfaced and revealed that Gmail non-Gmail users who exchange emails with a Gmail user should have "no legitimate expectation of privacy"—ever. » 8/13/13 4:59pm 8/13/13 4:59pm

Obama Will Reform Spy Programs But Won't Call Snowden a Patriot

President Obama announced a series of reforms to the country's surveillance practices on Friday at his first full press conference in nearly three months. The actions the administration is taking are many, and there's still a lot that's up in the air. One thing's for sure, though. Obama does not think Edward Snowden… » 8/09/13 4:03pm 8/09/13 4:03pm

The NSA's Slashing Jobs to Limit Access to Secret Data

The NSA, everybody's favorite opaque government agency, would very much like for a leak like Edward Snowden's to never happen again, so it's firing all of the whistleblower's old colleagues. Well, almost all. » 8/09/13 12:34pm 8/09/13 12:34pm