Leaked Snowden Docs Show That Some Spies Treat Cyberwar as a Punchline

Yesterday evening, an absolutely huge collection of Snowden classified data was published on the German website Der Spiegel. Among the horribly designed slides, filled with terrible clip art and font choices (seriously guys, get it together), much of this new information fills in what we already know. NSA, GCHQ, and… » 1/18/15 10:19am 1/18/15 10:19am

Edward Snowden Should Talk About Cyberwar More Often

We're all sick of used to hearing Edward Snowden talk about NSA surveillance by now. We get it: The government's watching us, and there's basically nothing we can do about it. But PBS just published the transcript of an interview with Snowden that doesn't really talk about surveillance much at all. It's all about… » 1/08/15 3:25pm 1/08/15 3:25pm

The Encryption Tools the NSA Still Can't Crack Revealed in New Leaks

Most of us—at least the cynical ones—assume that the NSA has probably beaten most of the encryption technologies out there. But a new report from Der Spiegel that draws on documents from Edward Snowden's archive shows that this simply isn't true. There are some tools that the NSA, as recently as two years ago,… » 12/29/14 9:11am 12/29/14 9:11am

The NSA Dumped Its Spying Violations While You Were Waiting on Santa

The U.S. government has released proof that it repeatedly spied on American citizens without being allowed to... and you probably missed it. The National Security Administration finally dumped a heap of redacted documents revealing the surveillance violations made over the last decade. Hooray for transparency! Of… » 12/26/14 11:15am 12/26/14 11:15am

Download This Free Tool to See If the Government's Spying on You

It's been over a year-and-a-half since documents leaked by Edward Snowden shook our sense of privacy to the core. Those documents proved that government is spying on us pretty much all the time. And now that we know Congress isn't going to do anything about it right away, it's time to find the tools to protect… » 11/21/14 5:14pm 11/21/14 5:14pm

Why the Woman Who Found Snowden Doesn't Want More Whistleblowers

A few days ago, I found myself in a crowded Manhattan office watching Laura Poitras sign posters for her new documentary. Each signature appeared above the film's title—Citizenfour—and below the film's subject—Edward Snowden. She didn't think she had time, but her handler insisted. It's taken me a while, but only now… » 11/05/14 12:42pm 11/05/14 12:42pm

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

Twitter Is Suing For the Right to Show How Many Fed Requests It Gets

In the past, companies like Facebook and Microsoft have released so-called transparency reports about the government surveillance requests they've received—but per government restrictions, the numbers have been relatively vague. Today, Twitter just filed a lawsuit to lift the restrictions on what they're allowed to… » 10/07/14 3:26pm 10/07/14 3:26pm