The NSA Won't Hand Over Data Because It Literally Can't Keep Track of It

Last week, a US District judge ordered the NSA to stop destroying data that pertains to a pre-Snowden lawsuit against the agency. There's just one teensy weensy problem with that: Apparently NSA's systems handle so much data that it literally cannot find what it's supposed to stop deleting. » 6/10/14 11:52am 6/10/14 11:52am

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

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

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

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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