Agency spies snooped on online gaming worlds, including World of Warcraft, Second Life and Xbox Live
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.
Without going into detail, US President Barack Obama has said that he'll propose "some self-restraint" to the National Security Agency (NSA) in order to rein in rampant snooping.
Microsoft says it's fast-tracking the encryption of consumer data and moving toward greater source-code transparency. It sounds good on paper, though there are those who question why Skype, for one, was left off the list and how in the world we can trust a for-profit software maker.
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.
When is Computer Security Day? What can forward secrecy do for you? Can you believe there's an 0-day in XP?
Have some fun finding out the answers in this week's 60 Second Security!
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.
Worldwide requests have more than doubled since 2009, while the US - which is once again the most voracious data requester - has more than tripled its requests for information on Google customers.
You can't get out of cooperating with government-ordered electronic surveillance by shutting down, any more than a business can stop police from executing a search warrant by locking its front gate, the US government tutted at former encrypted-email provider Lavabit.
Police and other authorities are using smartphones and tablets to snap photos in the field, without warrants or asking for subjects' permission to run their images against criminal databases. The program was rolled out without public hearings or notice, and could represent the beginning of a national rollout.
Fast on the heels of reports that Russia allegedly passed out boobytrapped USB sticks at the G20 summit, iPads were plucked from users' hands at a UK Cabinet meeting out of fear that they might be bugged by foreign intelligence agencies.
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?
Federal money earmarked to thwart terrorist attacks in the US is instead getting funneled into increasingly pervasive surveillance of individuals, largely without thought for privacy or data retention guidelines.
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.
According to a dossier compiled by Russian journalists, their country's powerful security service has been taking the steps to install near-ubiquitous monitoring.
The "Made in the USA" label has become tainted by fallout from revelations about US surveillance, industry watchers say, while overseas governments are working to build data-privacy havens that are giving US technology services and products a run for their money.
The newly unveiled rationale has its roots in the old "you disclose your phone number to the phone company when you make a call" shtick. Swap "phone number" for "massive piles of metadata" and you get the reason everything done under the telecom metadata sharing program under Section 215 of the PATRIOT Act is legally legitimate.
Which country came top of Facebook's new "Government Requests" report aimed at outing the countries that fish for Facebook user data the most? (I bet you're thinking it's the USA - but it isn't.)
Watch this week's 60 Second Security and find out!