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The NSA Says It'll Destroy Some Phone Records It Collected Illegally 

When the USA Freedom Act passed earlier this summer, the NSA was pushed to stop collecting phone records in bulk. The question of what would happen to the massive amount of data it’d already collected on people remained. That question was answered today: Those old troves of metadata are mostly going in the garbage. » 7/27/15 3:50pm 7/27/15 3:50pm

Drone of the Day: Puma

Who even knew that Puma was an acronym—Pointer Upgrade Mission Ability— or that it has become the standard small drone of special operations forces? It provides capabilities never before available in small craft, and is significantly different than Raven. All of these small drones have some crucial difference that add… » 7/21/15 11:25am 7/21/15 11:25am

Drone of the Day: Pointer

Little heralded or known, in the actual revolution that brought small drones into virtually every combat unit of all four military services, Pointer was a pioneer. Developed first for the Marine Corps in 1986, Pointer was the first hand-held drone—45 pounds and transportable in a backpack. They were used in Desert… » 7/20/15 11:55am 7/20/15 11:55am

Drone of the Day: Fire Scout

Just because something works, we don’t necessarily need it. Such is the case with Fire Scout, a Navy unmanned helicopter that operates from small ships, though it can fly 115 miles or so from its mother ship. But is there any reason to have an unmanned helicopter that operates at sea? One that, in the era of a fully… » 7/16/15 11:18am 7/16/15 11:18am

I Worked at Hacking Team, My Emails Were Leaked, and I’m OK With That

Is radical transparency the best solution to expose injustice in this technocratic world, a world that is changing faster than law can keep up with? That question became even more relevant to me, a privacy activist, when I found myself in the WikiLeaks archive, because I worked at Hacking Team nine years ago. » 7/14/15 9:40am 7/14/15 9:40am

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This Free Font Automatically Redacts NSA Surveillance Trigger Words

Some might see downloading this free font called Seen as the digital equivalent of donning a tin foil hat. Except that we know that security agencies like the NSA are intercepting emails and other communications , scanning for specific trigger words that this font automatically crosses out. » 7/06/15 3:00pm 7/06/15 3:00pm

Drone of the Day: S-100 Camcopter

Here’s an oddity in the world of drones: The S-100 Camcopter, manufactured by the Austrian company Schiebel, is operated by both the super-secret SEAL Team 6 and the Chinese Navy. Both the Pakistani and Indian armed forces fly it (the video above is courtesy of the Brazilian Navy). One has mysteriously crashed in… » 7/06/15 12:15pm 7/06/15 12:15pm

Drone of the Day: Hunter

Ancient by information age standards, Hunter is an Army drone that’s been in use since the Kosovo War in 1999. At 2,000 pounds, it’s neither sleek nor personal, more of a family car that’s hardy enough to have abundant cup holders than a hot rod. But with a heavy fuel internal combustion engine that allows it to… » 7/02/15 12:52pm 7/02/15 12:52pm

The US Secretly Expanded Domestic Spying While Praising Transparency

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Without public notice or debate, the Obama administration has expanded the National Security Agency’s warrantless surveillance of Americans’ international Internet traffic to search for evidence of malicious computer hacking, according to classified NSA documents.
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