Train Your Brain to Get Smarter, Faster

Though we can't all hope to match Sherlock Holmes' preternatural deduction abilities and knack for witty repartee, with a little practice you can build a Mind Palace just as lavish as the famed detective's. Here's how you can improve your memory and reasoning skills in your free time. » 3/15/14 12:00pm 3/15/14 12:00pm

Obama's NSA Reforms Come Up Short

In a major speech Friday morning, President Obama scaled back the NSA's surveillance operations and redefines how we collect intelligence overseas. In brief, he ordered the end of the bulk telephony metadata program (in its current from) and spying on foreign leaders. Beyond that, though, the future remains murky. » 1/17/14 11:57am 1/17/14 11:57am

NSA Phone Spying Is Useless In Preventing Terrorist Attacks, Study Says

As you probably suspected, the NSA's massive phone record collection "has had no discernible impact on preventing acts of terrorism," according to a new study. In fact—and perhaps more interestingly—the agency's real problem isn't a lack of information. It's an excess of secrecy. » 1/13/14 10:00am 1/13/14 10:00am

President Obama Will Announce NSA Reforms on January 17

It's really happening, folks. On January 17, President Obama will remark on "the outcomes of the work that has been done in the review process" for reforming the country's intelligence practices, Press Secretary Jay Carney said Friday. » 1/10/14 3:03pm 1/10/14 3:03pm

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

Report: The CIA Pays AT&T Over $10 Million a Year to Spy on Phone Calls

Check it out, guys. It's a creepy revelation about the government spying on your phone calls that didn't come from Edward Snowden's NSA leak. Nope, just your standard sketchy CIA arrangements with a telecommunications company—AT&T to be exact. » 11/07/13 10:14am 11/07/13 10:14am

Russia Reportedly Bugged the Goodie Bags at the G20 Summit

Sometimes, it's fun to play a little prank on your friends. Maybe you cover a doorway with plastic wrap. Maybe you pour laxative in their coffee. Maybe you put their stapler in Jell-O. Or maybe you invite them to a nice conference and then slip a bunch of spying gadgets into their gift bags. » 10/30/13 2:20pm 10/30/13 2:20pm

NSA Chief's Former War Room Was Modeled After the Starship Enterprise

NSA director Keith Alexander might be the most famous spy in America right now. Everyone wants to know who's really behind the agency's widespread snooping. And now, a lengthy profile of Alexander in Foreign Policy invites even more intrigue. It also reveals some of the general's weird ways. » 9/09/13 11:14am 9/09/13 11:14am

The Biggest Winners and Losers of Comic-Con 2013!

San Diego Comic-Con is a white-hot furnace in which projects are made, or destroyed. Some emerge from the flames stronger, with invincible buzz levels, while others are melted down. Here's our list of the people and projects that gained buzz from Comic-Con, and the ones that lost some of their buzz. » 7/22/13 6:47pm 7/22/13 6:47pm

How the US Built Its Super-Secret Spy Satellite Program

Ethics aside, espionage is an indispensable part of statecraft. The ISR [Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance] information gathered helps steer national policy decisions for everything from mundane trade negotiations to the blackest of ops. And nowhere is this more evident than in the development of the US… » 4/23/13 4:00pm 4/23/13 4:00pm