NSA Considered Ending Phone Spying Before the Edward Snowden Leaks

A new report by the Associated Press suggests that the National Security Agency mulled the possibility of abandoning its phone surveillance program just before the Edward Snowden's leaks—though ultimately the suggestion didn't progress fast enough. » 3/30/15 3:30am Monday 3:30am

The Architects of the NSA's Top Secret Headquarters Have Been Revealed

Pretty much all we know about the NSA's headquarters comes from a single undated public domain photo that floats around the internet. This irked Jack Self, who embarked upon an investigative journey to string together the first-ever design history of the Fort Meade, Maryland campus. » 3/26/15 7:00pm Thursday 7:00pm

Leaked Documents Reveal Canada's Advanced Cyber Warfare Capabilities

While much attention has been paid to America's National Security Agency over the last two years, reports now suggest that Canada's Communications Security Establishment has been playing hardball too. A report by The Intercept claims that the agency's "developed an arsenal of cyber weapons capable of stealing data and… » 3/23/15 6:57am 3/23/15 6:57am

CISA Bill Promises Safety, But Actually Expands Government Surveillance

Remember when everyone freaked about CISPA, the cybersecurity bill with scary privacy implications? CISA, a similarly-named cybersecurity bill, is here to take its place. Even after adding fifteen amendments, the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act is a dangerous piece of legislation. » 3/20/15 7:35pm 3/20/15 7:35pm

5 Unsettling Works of Encryption Art

Encryption is the process of encoding a message, and today we have incredibly sophisticated software and algorithms that make our encrypted messages almost impossible to decode. But how does it work? These art projects answer that question by exploring how encryption has become part of daily lives. » 3/19/15 3:15pm 3/19/15 3:15pm

Cisco's Going to Ship Its Equipment to Empty Houses to Dodge the NSA

The NSA is willing to go frighteningly far for your secrets, but at least one hardware manufacturer is willing to go further. A Cisco executive just said his company will ship its networking equipment to vacant addresses to avoid NSA interception. Clever idea. » 3/19/15 12:50pm 3/19/15 12:50pm

The NSA Is Going to Love These USB-C Charging Cables

Thanks to Apple's new MacBook and Google's new Chromebook Pixel, USB-C has arrived. A single flavor of cable for all your charging and connectivity needs? Hell yes. But that convenience doesn't come without a cost; our computers will be more vulnerable than ever to malware attacks, from hackers and surveillance… » 3/17/15 12:35pm 3/17/15 12:35pm

Most Americans Aren't Protecting Themselves Against Surveillance

As we inch up on the two-year anniversary of the Snowden leaks, it's important to think about how the Earth-shattering revelations about America's intelligence-gathering have affected Americans. We're all using Tor and DuckDuckGo and PGP and protecting ourselves against surveillance now, right? LOL, no. » 3/16/15 3:30pm 3/16/15 3:30pm

Introducing STORMBREW, an NSA-Inspired Beer for the Masses

When the National Security Agency says they need three hops, it leaves a bitter taste in my mouth. They mean that they're sweeping up hundreds of millions of ordinary Americans' phone records in order to create detailed social graphs. » 3/13/15 4:20pm 3/13/15 4:20pm

The CIA Has Been Desperately Trying to Break Apple's Encryption System

The Intercept is reporting that Central Intelligence Agency researchers have been waging a multi-year campaign to break the security systems used by Apple on its devices. » 3/10/15 4:50am 3/10/15 4:50am

Watch Citizenfour Right Now (in the UK)

Do you like spies? Do you like Academy Award-winning movies? Then you'll love Citizenfour, the documentary about Edward Snowden that is now streaming online—but only if you have HBO Go. » 3/02/15 4:40pm 3/02/15 4:40pm

The NSA's In-House Magazine Looks Like a 1970s Punk Zine 

Back in 1974, the NSA started an in-house magazine called Cryptolog that served as reading material for employees of the top secret agency. In 2013, the agency declassified heavily redacted issues of the magazine dating up to 1997... and its design is actually pretty amazing. » 2/25/15 5:22pm 2/25/15 5:22pm

The Government Refuses to Prove Snowden Damaged National Security

Did Edward Snowden actually damage national security? There's no way in hell to tell from official documents released to the press—they've been thoroughly redacted to the point of uselessness. » 2/25/15 3:54pm 2/25/15 3:54pm

Citizenfour Awarded Oscar for Best Documentary in 2014

CITIZENFOUR, Laura Poitras' riveting documentary about Edward Snowden's efforts to shed light on gross surveillance abuses by the United States government and its partners, just won the 2014 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. Tonight's Oscar win recognizes not only the incredible cinematography of Poitras,… » 2/23/15 3:47am 2/23/15 3:47am

A History of Internet Spying, Part 2

How long have intelligence agencies been keeping tabs on the internet, and what role did these agencies play in creating the internet we use today? For the most part, these kinds of questions have been relegated to comments sections on random blogs and the occasional tweet from researchers. We're hoping to remedy… » 2/20/15 12:00pm 2/20/15 12:00pm

The NSA Has the Master Key to Unlock Your Phone's Messages

According to top-secret documents given to The Intercept by Edward Snowden, British and American spies stole encryption keys from the largest SIM card manufacturer in the world. This could make it a lot easier for the NSA to conduct widespread surveillance of wireless communications without ever asking permission or… » 2/19/15 3:17pm 2/19/15 3:17pm

Exposed: The Backdoors Spying on Majority of the World's Hard Drives

New research from Russian researchers at the Kaspersky Lab reveals that the someone—most likely the NSA—has developed spying software that can be hidden deep with hard drives. Known to work with hardware made by Western Digital, Seagate, Toshiba and more, it's said to provide the agency with the means to eavesdrop "on… » 2/17/15 3:30am 2/17/15 3:30am

A History of Internet Spying, Part I

In last year's documentary Citizenfour, Edward Snowden said, "I remember what the internet was like before it was being watched." Snowden is just 31 years old, so there's simply no way this is true. Intelligence agencies have been keeping tabs on the internet since before Snowden was even born. They were instrumental… » 2/13/15 12:00pm 2/13/15 12:00pm

Judge Lets NSA Continue Spying on US Citizens

A federal judge in the Northern District of California just ruled that he can't rule in a case accusing the NSA of spying on Americans. This lack of a ruling means the NSA may continue with its activities. But the really disappointing and weird part is how the judge justified his stance. » 2/10/15 7:30pm 2/10/15 7:30pm