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 Today 3:30am

A $50 Media Player Is Helping North Koreans Thwart Censorship

A $50 media player is becoming a threat to North Korea's oppressive, isolationist regime. Many North Koreans are using cheap, portable Chinese media players to learn about the outside world and watch contraband foreign TV, news, and films. » 3/27/15 10:55am Friday 10:55am

Facebook Clarified its Policies. Now How About Fixing Them?

Facebook recently updated its community standards. As the company noted in the announcement accompanying the change, their "policies and standards themselves are not changing," but that they wanted to provide more clarity to a set of existing rules that have often been misunderstood by users. » 3/24/15 3:45am 3/24/15 3:45am

The Trick to Hacking Top-Secret Computers: Just Add Heat 

Security researchers just found a way to hack into specially secured computer systems by sending messages using blasts of air. This is another example of how even the most walled-off systems can still get hacked. » 3/23/15 12:30pm 3/23/15 12:30pm

ISIS Has a New Terrorism Tactic: Doxing US Soldiers 

The Islamic State's "Hacking Division" has posted personal information about more than 100 US military personnel online, and is encouraging supporters in America to use the info to kill the military members. Doxing is the latest digital weapon in ISIS's tech-savvy arsenal. » 3/23/15 11:10am 3/23/15 11:10am

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

The Government Is Testing Myriad Invasive Biometric Surveillance Methods

Government agencies are currently in the process of secretly testing new surveillance and monitoring at points of entry into the United States, according to leaked documents obtained by Motherboard. You're going to want to hear about this. » 3/19/15 6:10pm 3/19/15 6:10pm

The DOJ Is Sneaking in a Policy That'd Crap All Over the 4th Amendment

The rules for how the Department of Justice tracks down criminals in the digital age are woefully arcane, but the DoJ's recent proposed changes to update those rules go way too far, using vague terms to grant sweeping remote search powers that would take a torrential horse piss on the Fourth Amendment. » 3/19/15 11:50am 3/19/15 11:50am

U.S. Post Offices Have Installed Hidden Spy Cameras to Film Customers

Did you know that the United States Postal Service has its own police force? It's true. While the U.S. Postal Inspection Service is typically tasked with looking into mailbox vandalism and mail fraud, an investigation in Denver reveals that they're also installing hidden cameras at post offices and spying on Americans. » 3/12/15 7:00pm 3/12/15 7:00pm

Why the Talking "Smart" Barbie Terrifies Parents

Some child advocates are clamoring for Mattel to halt production of a new "smart" Barbie that can have conversations with your kid. The Barbie's powered by voice recognition artificial intelligence that's becoming increasingly prevalent in our everyday gadgets, but that doesn't mean it doesn't freak people out.… » 3/12/15 3:10pm 3/12/15 3:10pm

CIA Helped the Justice Dept. Build Spy Planes to Snoop on Phones

There are rules barring the CIA from getting involved in matters of domestic surveillance. But here's some news: The CIA played a key role in developing a sketchy domestic dragnet phone snooping technology used by the Justice Department, according to a Wall Street Journal report. » 3/10/15 3:35pm 3/10/15 3:35pm

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

FBI Admits Its Secret Spy Tool Screws Up Bystanders' Cell Service

The FBI wants to keep stealthy phone surveillance tools called Stingrays as secret as possible, for obvious reasons (to use them whenever they want with as little oversight as possible, growing tipsy on the intoxicating liquor of unfettered power). And now another reason for secrecy just came out: Using Stingrays can… » 3/03/15 3:45pm 3/03/15 3:45pm

Seattle Police Put Redacted Body Cam Footage on YouTube 

In a bid to be more transparent, the Seattle Police Department is posting footage from the body cameras and dashboard cameras of on-duty cops on YouTube. But, the footage has been carefully censored to blur out faces and remove any sound. » 3/03/15 10:40am 3/03/15 10:40am

It Took Police Three Years to Fully Shut Down a Money-Stealing Botnet

Back in 2012 the Ramnit worm wriggled its way through social networks and onto the computers of over three million computers, and began to steal sensitive information like bank account details. Now, almost three years later, police have announced that the botnet behind the scourge has been fully shut down. » 2/26/15 6:00am 2/26/15 6:00am

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

Cops Are Using Stingray Surveillance for Minor Crimes Like 911 Hangups

Florida police are using Stingray tracking devices—powerful surveillance tools cloaked in secrecy, capable of hoovering data from the phones of anyone in a wide search area—to catch thousands of suspects, even in low-level crimes like 911 hangups. » 2/25/15 11:30am 2/25/15 11:30am

Why We Need a Right to Privacy for Brain Data

There's still no technology in the world that lets you listen in on someone's thoughts. But fMRI advances are making it easier than ever to measure, interpret, and even reconstruct brain activity, and a growing market of wearables with electroencephalographic (EEG) components and brain-computer interfaces means that… » 2/23/15 1:15pm 2/23/15 1:15pm