How Much Does a Wiretap Go For These Days?

For years, the government and phone carriers have been squabbling over secret surveillance—because of the dollar amount on the bill. Most recently, AT&T's thrifty little offshoot Cricket Communications has agreed to pay out $2.1 million in a settlement for overcharging federal and state law enforcement agencies for… » 12/03/14 12:40pm 12/03/14 12:40pm

Listen to a Wiretap of Ukraine Rebels: "We Just Shot Down a Plane"

Ukraine has released audio from phone calls made between rebels and Russian officers after the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17. You can listen to it here. » 7/18/14 4:15am 7/18/14 4:15am

90 Percent of Wiretaps Are Listening Out For Drug Deals

If you're worried about being wiretapped you can probably rest easy—unless you're talking about narcotics. Because that's what a staggering 90 percent of taps are listening out for. » 7/17/14 5:15am 7/17/14 5:15am

Why the Feds Want To Wiretap the Internet, and Why They Can't

Here's today's jarring news from the NY Times: federal law enforcement and national security officials want to force companies like Facebook, Skype, and BlackBerry to let them wiretap your accounts. » 9/27/10 12:11pm 9/27/10 12:11pm

Senate Set to Give Retroactive Immunity to AT&T and Other Telcos for…

Should AT&T and the other telcos involved (like Verizon) get a total pass for participating in the NSA's domestic wiretapping program that let the government eavesdrop on Americans without a warrant? The Senate's thisclose to giving them immunity from lawsuits like the one the Electronic Freedom Foundation's filed… » 12/17/07 3:20pm 12/17/07 3:20pm

Video: The AT&T Wiretapping Dealio Explained in Two Minutes


This clip, featuring AT&T whisteblower Mark Klein, was thrown together by Senator Chris Dodd's staff and neatly wraps up the basics of the snooping allegations the EFF's pursuing against AT&T. He's apparently rubbing elbows in DC this week to explain the issue to Congressional types. If his spiel gets at all… » 11/08/07 4:00am 11/08/07 4:00am