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Obama leaves loophole open for NSA to exploit zero-day vulnerabilities

Obama leaves loophole open for NSA to exploit zero-day vulnerabilities

No, the US White House didn't know about Heartbleed and didn't exploit the OpenSSL bug to snoop, it said, but it's reserving the prerogative to use zero-day exploits as a wedge to pry out intelligence if it serves national security interests.

In-flight WiFi providers go above and beyond to help feds spy on us

In-flight WiFi providers go above and beyond to help feds spy on us

Documents have come to light in which Gogo brags about how it not only complies with a federal law for compliance with law enforcement; it actually goes above and beyond requirements to give law enforcement extra special surveillance sauce, it says. And it's not the only one...

Google Glass recording without permission could become illegal in Australia

Google Glass recording without permission could become illegal in Australia

The country's considering an overhaul of privacy laws that could make it illegal to record private conversations or activities without consent via Google Glass or similar wearable technologies.

SSCC 140 - Does Windows have more holes than OS X? Whither messaging privacy? [PODCAST]

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How bad is the latest Microsoft Word 0-day? Does OS X really need patching less often than Windows? What does Gmail's move to HTTPS-only really mean? And if WhatsApp has privacy coded into its DNA, is it coded into its app, too?

Chet and Duck get stuck in...

The LED light fixtures are watching you at Newark Airport

The LED lights are watching you at Newark Airport

As you turn your head to ponder what devices might be recording you, add an upward gaze, because light fixtures are emerging on the list of potentially snooping, networked things.

NYPD tests Google Glass as they mull becoming Robocops

NYPD tests Google Glasses as they mull becoming Robocops

Just by looking at suspects, police could instantly check out their arrest records, mugshots and other key information. Of course, they could also record everything and everybody they see, regardless of whether they have a warrant or reasonable suspicion of wrongdoing.

Microsoft, Facebook, Google and Yahoo release NSA snooping stats

Microsoft, Facebook, Google and Yahoo release NSA snooping stats

The US government had a change of heart regarding disclosure of NSA surveillance requests. Tech companies including Facebook, Microsoft, Google, and Yahoo have duly let loose the goods - but six months stale with scant details.

Grassroots campaign seeks to fry the NSA by turning off the water tap

Grassroots campaign seeks to fry the NSA by turning off the water tap

It takes a lot of water to cool the spy agency's supercomputers, plus a lot of electricity. Two 4th Amendment-focused nonprofits are putting forth a template for a bill that would enable US states to turn off the lights and the taps and thereby, basically, starve the agency of the juice it needs to run.

Spy agencies are slurping personal data from leaky mobile apps

Spy agencies are slurping personal data from leaky mobile apps

Beyond device details, data shared over the internet by iOS and Android apps can include personal information such as age, gender, and location, while some apps share even more sensitive user information, such as sexual preference.

San Jose Police seek private residents' security camera footage for database

San Jose Police seek private residents' security camera footage for database

San Jose residents are voluntarily signing up to make it easy for Police to use their security camera footage. Is it a sensible and well managed use of available technology or, as the EFF claims, is it police overreach?

Dead donkeys, gun wielding penguins and the Internet Worm at 25 - 60 Sec Security [VIDEO]

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The big stories of 2013 were Adobe, PRISM and CryptoLocker - but what about some of the wackier stuff? Google's dead donkey? The Space Station lost and found? Gun wielding penguins?

All this and more in 60 Sec Security - 04 January 2014

Obama's NSA panel recommends new hands on the reins of same old mass data collection

Obama's NSA panel recommends new hands on the reins of same old mass data collection

The White House on Wednesday released a 303-page report from a panel of presidential advisors who recommended that, among other things, the NSA's massive data trawling carry on, but that the data be kept in private hands for "queries and data mining" only by court order.

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.

President Obama to propose "self-restraint" on NSA

President Obama to propose "self-restraint" on NSA

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's anti-NSA encryption pledge raises questions

Microsoft's anti-NSA encryption pledge gets the hairy eyeball

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.

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.

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.

Computer Security Day, Forward secrecy, XP 0-day and YouTube spam - 60 Sec Security [VIDEO]

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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!

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.