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

The Scariest Part of the Latest NSA Revelation Is This Goofy Post-It

The Washington Post reports that, according to new documents leaked by PRISM whistleblower Edward Snowden, the NSA has been secretly tapping into the main communication links connecting both Yahoo's and Google's data servers. And you can see it all scribbled—smiley-face included—right here. » 10/30/13 1:29pm 10/30/13 1:29pm

The DOD Can't Read Your FOIA Form Because Its Only Fax Machine Broke

Have you attempted to fax your way to full or partial disclosure of government documents under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) recently? Well too bad, suckers! Because the Office of the Secretary of Defense has a broken fax machine, and it ain't getting fixed anytime soon. » 9/16/13 6:20pm 9/16/13 6:20pm

Eric Schmidt Says Government Surveillance Is Just Part of Our Society

Since the whole PRISM thing blew up, and dozens of other Snowden revelations followed it, there's been a lot of talk about government spying—foreign stuff and domestic survellience—and what these revelations mean. According to Google's executive chairman Eric Schmidt, not much; this is just part of our society now. » 9/14/13 12:25pm 9/14/13 12:25pm

Shooting Challenge: Prisms

Your 11-year-old self appears at your office. He or she takes a look at what you've become—some desk-jockey with yesterday's Panera Bread crumbs on their cheek, some dystopian deformity of the 11-year-old who built their own time machine just to come see you. He or she doesn't cry, but you can tell, they're quite… » 9/05/13 4:40pm 9/05/13 4:40pm

Confirmed: NSA Paid Google, Microsoft, Others Millions for PRISM Aid

It looks like the NSA was a little cozier with Silicon Valley companies than we previously realized. Newly declassified documents show that the spy agency (read: taxpayers) paid Google, Facebook, Yahoo, and others millions of dollars to cover the costs associated with PRISM. » 8/23/13 11:30am 8/23/13 11:30am

The Government's Coming For Your Encrypted Data Next

In the midst of the revelations about the NSA's sweeping surveillance program, many people held out hope that the news reports simply weren't true—they are—while others clung to the idea that they could somehow protect themselves. If the government has its way, pretty soon that hope will be lost. » 7/24/13 12:00pm 7/24/13 12:00pm

Yahoo's Blazing the Trail to Transparency in the Post-PRISM World

On Monday, Yahoo won a court fight that will force the government to disclose secret information about a 2008 case that required Yahoo to hand over customer data. It's icing on the cake for Marissa Mayer, who celebrates her one year anniversary at Yahoo this week. But more importantly, it could give us our clearest… » 7/16/13 2:22pm 7/16/13 2:22pm

Exactly How the NSA Is Getting Away With Spying on US Citizens


The Guardian published a new batch of secret leaked FISA court and NSA documents yesterday, which detail the particulars of how government has been accessing Americans’ emails without a warrant, in violation of the Constitution. The documents lay bare fundamental problems with the ineffectual attempts to place… » 6/22/13 11:00am 6/22/13 11:00am

British Spy Agency Is Saving Everyone's Email and Calls Too

Thanks to more classified documents leaked by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, The Guardian is now reporting that a British spy agency has tapped into trans-Atlantic fiber optic cables, allowing them access to everything from email and Facebook messages to internet search histories and phone calls. Which they gather… » 6/21/13 3:52pm 6/21/13 3:52pm

Use PRISM Break To Reduce Your NSA-Related Paranoia

Okay PRISM. It's enough already. Erosion of privacy! Whatever. Apathy is setting in. But actually we should probably all be putting some thought into what we're doing with our private information. Maybe you're already trying to. But it can feel like the walls have eyes no matter where you go. Prism Break is a guide to … » 6/18/13 7:16pm 6/18/13 7:16pm