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Beefed-up Senate bill takes a swing at the NSA

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If it emerges unscathed from the chamber, it could mean an end to bulk metadata collection, an end to the secrecy the government's been operating under, and reform of the USA Patriot Act that's been used to grant it vast surveillance rights.

US arrests Russian MP's son for PoS hacking; Russia calls it kidnapping

US arrests Russian MP's son for PoS hacking; Russia calls it kidnapping

The Russian man's father conjectures that, for all he knows, this may be a ploy for the US to get bait to exchange for Snowden.

Holiday snaps and nuclear intel: The NSA's data capture exposed

NSA catches only 10% of data legally, but is it a fair trade off?

That leaves large-scale privacy invasion on 90% of 160,000 analysed messages swept up illegally by the NSA. But credit where credit is due: the legal 10% of intercepts have significant intelligence value, including data about a secret overseas nuclear project and double-dealing by an ostensible ally.

What we learned from Edward Snowden

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Tapping the conversations of world leaders, facial recognition, PRISM, Tempura, Upstream, XKeyscore... Whether you think Snowden's a hero or a traitor, there's no denying that revelations about widespread spying by the NSA keep pouring out. One year on from the first leak, we thought we'd take a look back at what we've learned.

NSA facial recognition program scours web for images to identify suspects

NSA facial recognition program scours web for images to identify suspects

The US National Security Agency (NSA) has been collecting millions of images from the web and storing them in a database that can be mined by facial recognition software for identifying surveillance targets, a new report says.

NSA intercepts routers, servers to slip in backdoors for overseas surveillance

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US intelligence has been covertly implanting interception tools into US networking equipment heading overseas, alleges Glenn Greenwald.

Canadian ISPs 'boomerang routing' traffic through the snoopy US

Canadian ISPs 'boomerang routing' traffic through the snoopy US

A new report on carriers and transparency found that the country's internet lords aren't being upfront about shuffling intra-Canadian traffic through the US, which means that data resides where the NSA can get its hands on it and Canadian privacy laws don't pertain.

James Clapper confirms that NSA conducted warrantless searches on Americans

James Clapper confirms that NSA conducted warrantless searches on Americans

In a letter to Congress released on Tuesday, the US government confirmed what we all knew (or at least suspected) – the National Security Agency has conducted warrantless searches on Americans' private telephone and email conversations.

Why we need to rethink how we view security

Why we need to rethink how we view security

When we look at some of the biggest security headlines of the past year - Target data breach, Cryptolocker ransomware, Snowden/NSA leaks - there's one big lesson we can all be taught: secure everywhere.

NSA: Edward Snowden had help

NSA: Edward Snowden had help

The NSA claimed in a recent document that Edward Snowden pulled a fast one on at least one fellow NSA employee in order to gain access to the classified documents he's gone on to leak - or gush, as the case may be. Snowden has denied such claims in the past, and according to his legal people, he still does, and this new charge amounts to the NSA's habit of scapegoating.

Lavabit appeals contempt of court ruling surrounding handover of SSL keys

Lavabit appeal contempt of court ruling surrounding handover of SSL keys

Lavabit, a now-defunct private email service, has appealed against a contempt of court ruling centred around the company not handing over unencrypted data of one of its users - widely believed to be Edward Snowden.

Snowden: Not all spying is bad but indiscriminate mass surveillance is a problem

Snowden: Not all spying is bad but indiscriminate mass surveillance is a problem

Edward Snowden conducted a rare Q&A session yesterday, giving his thoughts on whistleblower protections, surveillance policy and America's role in tackling the global mass surveillance problem.

US judge orders NSA to stop collecting phone metadata

US judge orders NSA to stop collecting phone metadata

The judge said that the NSA's collection technology is "almost Orwellian" and is likely unconstitutional. His injunction to cease data collection is stayed to give the US government time to appeal - a process that could take six months.

Agency spies snooped on online gaming worlds, including World of Warcraft, Second Life and Xbox Live

NSA and GCHQ spies snooped on online gaming worlds

The games were so overrun with spies as of 2008, the intelligence outfits mulled a "deconfliction" group so they wouldn't collide into each other.

NSA tracking hundreds of millions of mobile phone locations worldwide

NSA tracking hundred of millions of mobile phone locations worldwide

The US' National Security Agency (NSA) is collecting and storing the locations of at least hundreds of millions of devices, even when they're switched off, according to Edward Snowden.

WikiLeaks's Julian Assange unlikely to face charges

WikiLeaks's Julian Assange unlikely to face charges

US officials certainly don't like that he published top-secret documents, but they say that legally, he hasn't committed a crime - at least, not that they've determined so far. They've refrained from formally closing the grand jury investigation, though, so maybe they're holding out hope.

New Snowden docs reveal secret deal that let NSA spy on innocent Britons

New Snowden docs reveal secret deal that let NSA spy on innocent Britons

The UK in 2007 gave the go-ahead to the US National Security Agency (NSA) to snoop on innocent Britons not suspected of any wrongdoing, new documents from NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden show.

NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden says he's a hero; do you agree? [POLL]

Snowden: Not all spying is bad but indiscriminate mass surveillance is a problem

Edward Snowden released "A manifesto of truth" to Der Spiegel on Sunday. In the letter, he asserts that his leaking of classified information is justified by the subsequent debate sparked over NSA spying. What do you think?

Lavabit and Silent Circle form "Dark Mail Alliance" to thwart email surveillance

Lavabit and Silent Circle form "Dark Alliance" to thwart email surveillance

The goal is to ditch the current email protocol SMTP and to create an alternative, private, next-generation, end-to-end encrypted protocol that will hopefully give the world a fighting chance to fight spying.

US head of intelligence: NSA wants to break Tor to get at the bad guys

US head of intelligence: NSA wants to break Tor to get at the bad guys

Following revelations about the NSA's attacks on Tor, James Clapper explained that the intelligence community is interested in picking apart anonymising tools because that's where the enemies of the US and its allies hang out and plot their nefarious deeds.