The First Blimp in Washington DC's New Missile Shield Is Aloft

After years of anticipation, the United States Army has finally floated the first of two football field-sized blimps that will serve as a missile shield for Washington DC. The tethered, helium-filled aerostat is equipped with anti-missile and anti-drone radar to protect the capital from attacks. It also looks like a… » 12/30/14 12:43pm 12/30/14 12:43pm

Brazil Is Keeping Its Promise to Avoid the U.S. Internet

Brazil was not bluffing last year, when it said that it wanted to disconnect from the United States-controlled internet due to the NSA's obscenely invasive surveillance tactics. The country is about to stretch a cable from the northern city of Fortaleza all the way to Portugal, and they've vowed not to use a single… » 10/30/14 11:30am 10/30/14 11:30am

Whatever You Think of Edward Snowden, Go See Citizenfour Now

I have mixed feelings about Snowden. After spending more than a year reporting on the whistleblower patriot traitor spy skinny guy from North Carolina, I've gone from lauding his regard for American civil liberties to deeply distrusting his intentions and methods for exposing state secrets. But last night, I saw … » 10/24/14 12:47pm 10/24/14 12:47pm

65 Things We Know About NSA Surveillance We Didn’t Know a Year Ago

It's been one year since the Guardian first published the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court order, leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, that demonstrated that the NSA was conducting dragnet surveillance on millions of innocent people. Since then, the onslaught of disturbing revelations, from… » 6/05/14 2:20pm 6/05/14 2:20pm

Edward Snowden Wants to Know If He's Hurt You

The much anticipated interview between Brian Williams and Edward Snowden aired on Wednesday night. It's interesting. It's also revealing in a nuanced way, bringing flashbacks to 9/11 and vignettes of this past year's worth of NSA revelations. Most of all, though, it's a rare peek into the whistleblower's mind. » 5/28/14 10:19pm 5/28/14 10:19pm

Hackers Broke Into a Public Utility Control Room By Guessing a Password

In a rare gesture of transparency, the Department of Homeland Security just announced that hackers recently targeted and compromised a public utility's control system. They didn't say exactly where, but it happened inside United States borders. And it doesn't sound like it was even that hard. » 5/21/14 1:15pm 5/21/14 1:15pm

Report: NSA Is Recording Every Call in the Bahamas—Including Oprah's

According to leaked documents provided by Edward Snowden, you can't make a phone call in the Bahamas without the NSA listening. The Intercept reports that the agency "is secretly intercepting, recording, and archiving [for one month] the audio of virtually every cell phone conversation on the island nation of the… » 5/19/14 2:24pm 5/19/14 2:24pm

The Military Is A/B Testing the Future of Warfare

Down some spookily-lit corridor at the Pentagon, there are surely soldiers dreaming about the future of warfare. But, at the National Defense University, some of the nation's top brass are actually playing out the scenarios. In fact, a group of generals just finished a rather innovative year-long wargame. » 11/26/13 8:30pm 11/26/13 8:30pm

You Just Missed a Massive, Destructive (Fake) Cyberattack

What would happen if an army of hackers put America's power grid in its sights and pulled the trigger? How fast would the country descend into darkness? Would there be anarchy in the streets? Would people die? According to a war game carried out across the country this week, the answer is not necessarily good news. » 11/15/13 3:20pm 11/15/13 3:20pm

Who Thinks Letting Cops Use Facial Recognition Devices Is a Bad Idea?

In the past couple years, companies like Google and Facebook have struggled to find the right balance between useful and creepy with the development of facial recognition technology. Some law enforcement agencies, however, are not holding back their enthusiasm—and nobody's going for it quite like the cops in San Diego. » 11/08/13 6:21pm 11/08/13 6:21pm