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US government "threatened" Yahoo with daily $250,000 fines over user data

Yahoo. Image courtesy of Ken Wolter/Shutterstock

In the post-Snowden era many web firms came in for criticism over their apparent willingness to bend over for the NSA as the agency went on a massive data grab. Now, however, Yahoo has revealed how much it would have cost the company to disregard government data requests – a cool quarter of a million dollars per day.

Potato chips: Big Brother's next eavesdropping tool?

Potato chips: Big Brother's next eavesdropping tool?

A team of researchers from MIT, Microsoft and Adobe have figured out how to use sound vibrations in objects that are quivering too imperceptibly for the naked eye to discern, but when captured on video can be used to decipher intelligible speech.

Canada joins US in openly accusing China of state-sponsored hacking

China. Image courtesy of Shutterstock

The Canadian government has accused China of being behind a "cyber intrusion" at the National Research Council of Canada (NRC), the country's main science and technology research body. Few details of the intrusion have emerged so far, and given the Read more…

Germany considers replacing email with typewriters to evade spying

Germany to replace email with typewriters to duck US spying?

The country's pondering manual typewriters, however, unlike Russia's reported embrace of electric typewriters last year. Russia should be well aware that you can plug a keylogger into those e-typewriters, given that it pulled that stunt on IBM Selectrics back in the 70s!

iPhones are a security threat to the state, China claims

iPhone's a security threat to the state, China claims

China has cited Apple iPhone's ability to track and time-stamp users' whereabouts as reason to declare the mobile phone hazardous to state security.

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.

US charges Chinese military officers with cyber espionage

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Tensions between China and the United States over spying go back a long way. But - in a first - the US has indicted five Chinese military officials for alleged cyber espionage, which could ratchet up the tension to a new level.

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.

Man guilty of "fixing" women's computers to spy on them via webcam

UK man "fixes" women's computers to spy on them via webcam

A 30-year-old London man has been found guilty of fiddling with three women's computers so he could spy on them through their webcams.

Cop installs keylogger on his wife's sensitive work computer, gets probation. Does the punishment fit the crime?

Cop installs keylogger on his wife's sensitive work computer. Gets probation

A man decides to snoop on his wife's online activity to see if she's being unfaithful by attaching a hardware keylogger to her PC. He goes after her work machine which is used for sensitive court work, including payment processing. He's a cop. He receives probation and a fine as a punishment. Is that enough?

mSpy app lets someone remotely snoop on you through your phone or tablet

mSpy app lets someone remotely snoop on you through your phone or tablet

The app allows customers to remotely spy on text messages, call logs, and emails; track location, record surroundings, stealthily keep tabs on calendar information; record conversations; determine GPS coordinates of the target phone and show the location of the target device on a convenient map. All that, and it is, amazingly enough, legal.

LG Smart TVs phone home with viewing habits and USB file names

LG TVs too Smart, phones home with personal viewing habits and USB file names

A UK blogger, known only as 'DoctorBeet', has discovered that his LG Smart TV has been sending data about his family’s viewing habits back to the South Korean manufacturer.

Is your smartphone broadcasting your movements when you shop?

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If you walk around carrying a smartphone with WiFi enabled then you are broadcasting your own unique radio beacon. MAC address tracking, also known as Mobile Location Analytics (MLA), is of serious interest to companies trying to sell you things.

NSA = National Stalker Agency?

NSA = National Stalker Agency?

NSA employees have ignored rules meant to protect people's privacy in a dozen substantiated cases since 2003, the spy agency's inspector general has told the Senate's Judiciary Committee. In plain English, that means that agents have been running queries on email addresses and have eavesdropped on phone conversations of current and former love interests, spouses, and relatives, both foreign and American.

Snowden outs NSA's "Follow The Money" international banking spies

NSA: Edward Snowden had help

Information leaked by NSA whistleblower, Edward Snowden, shows that surveillance of Visa and SWIFT financial transactions was carried out by a branch of the NSA known as "Follow The Money" (FTM).

"Stop spy on us!" 14 NASA sites hacked

'Stop spy on us!' 14 NASA sites hacked

Hacker BMPoC posted a deface page and message on all 14 hacked NASA websites that link their attack to possible US military intervention in Syria, as well as to US spying on Brazil.

Men are twice as likely to spy on their partner's phone

Men are twice as likely to spy on their partner's phone

Mobile texting and Facebook messaging are the likeliest ways you'll get found out if you're playing around. Having a male for a partner also just about doubles the chances you'll get caught, as they're almost twice as likely as women to snoop on their partner's mobile phone.

London says media company's spying rubbish bins stink

London says Renew's spying bins stink

The rubbish and recycling bins, from the company Renew, were set up to record people's smartphones, and thereby their movements and habits, as they walked by.

Google gets 35 days to wipe its WiSpy data

Google gets 35 days to wipe its WiSpy data

It sounds like the UK's ICO really, really means it this time, Google, in spite of this being the third time it's told you to ditch the Street View data.

IT admin pleads guilty to hacking into and spying on New Jersey mayor's email

IT admin pleads guilty to hacking into and spying on New Jersey mayor's email

Patrick Ricciardi configured computer systems to collect all emails sent to the mayor and two high-ranking city employees.

He did it, he said, to see if his job was secure. We can say with reasonable certainty now that it is not.