Final Mission: Impossible 5 Trailer Is Low On Gun-Flutes, High On Crazy

There’s been a running theme with the trailers for Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation trailers: they’re kind of ridiculous (in the best way), right down to flutes that are also guns. Sadly, the movie’s final trailer does not return to the wonderful gun flute, but it keeps the crazy action. Huzzah! »6/22/15 12:02pm6/22/15 12:02pm

How the Government Will Spy on You If the Patriot Act Dies

The story being spun by the defenders of Section 215 of the Patriot Act and the Obama Administration is that if the law sunsets entirely, the government will lose critical surveillance capabilities. The fearmongering includes President Obama, who said: “heaven forbid we’ve got a problem where we could’ve prevented a… »6/01/15 12:30pm6/01/15 12:30pm

Rand Paul's "NSA Spy Cam Blocker" Might As Well Be Masking Tape

Trained ophthalmologist Rand Paul wins the chucklegoof-of-the-day award today. Not because he’s running for president, though! But rather because the United States senator is selling an “NSA Spy Cam Blocker” in his little fundraising store for $15. But of course a little bit of buzz-hungry fundraising will not actually »4/07/15 4:00pm4/07/15 4:00pm

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 7:00pm3/12/15 7:00pm

Your Phone's Battery Use Lets Spies Track Your Movements

Spies and cops can use your smartphone to track your movements. That's no mystery—most smartphones come with a GPS chip that makes it pretty damned simple. So if you don't want to be tracked, you just turn off the GPS feature, right? Unfortunately, there is another way prying eyes can follow your movements:… »2/20/15 11:10am2/20/15 11:10am

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 3:17pm2/19/15 3:17pm

Meet the 'Real-Life Q' Who Builds Secret Spy Gadgets for a Living

I grew up watching James Bond films. My favorite part was always the same: the part where “Q” would outfit our hero with the latest in spy technology. Ralph Osterhout also grew up loving Bond — but he took it to the next level. He spent his life building real spy gadgets, for operators in the field. »2/18/15 9:00am2/18/15 9:00am

All the Tech We've Used to Intercept Every Kind Of Communication

Spy cameras are probably the most axiomatic gadgets when we talk about intelligence-gathering techniques. But intercepting and decoding messages is just as important as taking pictures. Here's a look at all the devices spies have used to tap into voice, mail, phone, radio, morse, electronic messages, and other signals. »2/13/15 3:00pm2/13/15 3:00pm

Obama's Latest NSA "Reform" Is Predictably Weak

If this is NSA reform, it's pretty pitiful. The Obama administration will announce new rules today that will force the intelligence agency to delete data about Americans that was "incidentally" collected—basically, accidentally scooped up in an overly broad search query. As of now, the government collects and stores… »2/03/15 11:40am2/03/15 11:40am

BlackBerry Is Now Helping Boeing Build a Self-Destructing Phone

We've known for nearly a year that Boeing is working on an understandably hush-hush smartphone project. It's a self-destructing phone for spies called the Boeing Black. And now we know that BlackBerry is helping—which is kind of weird since the Boeing Black runs on Android. Again, it's all very hush-hush. »12/20/14 11:00am12/20/14 11:00am

The Government Wants to Delete Years of CIA and DHS Emails

On September 17, the National Archives published a seemingly routine announcement in the Federal Registrar. Couched in language about preserving records of value is a line about the destruction of records and a list of federal agencies. The CIA is one of these agencies, and its emails about waterboarding could be some… »11/25/14 2:41pm11/25/14 2:41pm

Whatever You Think of Edward Snowden, Go See Citizenfour Now

I have mixed feelings about Snowden. After spending more than a year reporting on the whistleblower patriot traitor spy skinny guy from North Carolina, I've gone from lauding his regard for American civil liberties to deeply distrusting his intentions and methods for exposing state secrets. But last night, I saw … »10/24/14 12:47pm10/24/14 12:47pm