The Creepy New Security Credit Score for Spotting "Insider Threats"

Almost two years after Edward Snowden climbed the world stage, the intelligence community is just now putting the finishing touches on a computer-driven system for catching insider threats– one that promises not just to detect future Snowdens and Mannings in the act, but also to predict who the next leakers will be. » 4/13/15 4:02pm 4/13/15 4:02pm

DEA Was Dragnet Spying on Billions of American Phone Calls for Decades 

Indiscriminate spying was the DEA’s blunt force weapon of choice in its “War on Drugs.” The Drug Enforcement Agency and the Justice Department tracked billions of Americans’ phone calls, even people not suspected of crimes, for decades—and it looks like collateral damage wasn’t much of a concern. » 4/08/15 10:20am 4/08/15 10:20am

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

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

Report: NSA Is Storing Tons of Data From U.S Citizens and Non-Targets

The Washington Post just published a huge NSA investigation. The findings, sadly, are unsurprising, but the scope is massive: nine out of 10 messages intercepted by the NSA come from regular folks, not targets, and those private conversations and photos have been living in plain view on NSA databases. Just 'cause… » 7/06/14 10:48am 7/06/14 10:48am

The British Government Just Set a Dangerous Precedent for Online Spying

Today, the British government revealed its justification for surveilling its citizens' every move on Facebook, Twitter, and other social networks. UK citizens communicating using the aforementioned services are considered to be using "external communications," as the companies are not based in the UK. It's a… » 6/17/14 7:20pm 6/17/14 7:20pm

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

16 People Who Got Screwed When Snowden's Email Provider Shut Down

The unfortunate side effect of NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden's email provider Lavabit pulling the plug rather than complying with the feds is that a bunch of terribly unlucky Lavabit users are now left without an email account. It's not every day you expect your email service to go all harakiri on itself because… » 8/08/13 10:03pm 8/08/13 10:03pm