Kaspersky Uncovers NSA Global Hard Drive Based Spying Program

By: Tuesday February 17, 2015 8:35 am

Russian-based Kaspersky Lab has announced its discovery of a program by the NSA to hide spyware within hard drives of top hard drive manufacturers. Kaspersky did not name the country explicitly but said it was the same one that created Stuxnet – an NSA cyberweapon used against Iran. The companies whose hard drives were noted [...]

Movement To Turn Off Water To NSA Megafacility In Utah Continues

By: Wednesday February 4, 2015 11:45 am

The political fallout from the Snowden disclosures has so far been largely ineffectual. Though awareness has been raised, little in the way of legislation or executive action has been taken – the NSA is still conducting massive surveillance on the American people whose electronic communication are being swept up in an undiscriminating dragnet. Privacy has [...]

Richest 1% Set To Own Over Half Of World’s Wealth

By: Tuesday January 20, 2015 7:18 am

Top 0.1% of Americans hold as much of the country's wealth as bottom 90% #inequality #Davos http://t.co/U3jLG01Bue pic.twitter.com/jHVaCE9tSD — The Economist (@TheEconomist) January 19, 2015 Oxfam has put out a fortuitously timed report on global wealth inequality just as the World Economic Forum at Davos, Switzerland gets underway. Then again, maybe Oxfam knew exactly what [...]

Snowden: NSA Making Cyberattacks On US More Likely And Costly

By: Thursday January 8, 2015 10:40 am

In an interview with NOVA that has yet to air, NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden claims that the NSA is actively working to weaken US security by refusing to disclose vulnerabilities the agency finds in America’s cyberinfrastructure. Furthermore, Snowden claims that the NSA and its partners have developed and deployed offensive cyberwarfare weapons that have stoked [...]

Obama Endorses Faux NSA Reform

By: Tuesday November 18, 2014 8:03 am

In the immediate aftermath of the Snowden revelations America had a chance to make some real reforms to unconstitutional domestic spying programs authorized during the post-9/11 panic attack. A bill, proposed by Representative Justin Amash, was launched in the House to restore some of the country’s founding principles into the orientation of our massive enveloping [...]

NSA Director Profited Off ATT Spying

By: Wednesday November 5, 2014 7:22 am

Yet even more fallout from former NSA Director Keith Alexander’s financial disclosures. Alexander’s investments have already become a matter of controversy when it seemed as though he was trading on inside information related to opaque commodity markets heavily influenced by Russia and China. Now it appears that Alexander made investments in a company largely dependent [...]

Amazon-CIA Partnership Critics Launch Ad Campaign, Includes Billboard In Front Of Amazon HQ

By: Friday October 31, 2014 7:48 am

  Amazon’s $600 million contract with the CIA related to cloud computing services has caused alarm throughout the civil liberties community. The terms of the deal have not been disclosed raising concern that the CIA could be using its access to Amazon’s massive data to conduct intelligence work rather than simply storing data. In light [...]

Marc Andreessen Calls Snowden Traitor, Doesn’t Want Democracy

By: Friday October 24, 2014 10:23 am

Though Silicon Valley and the tech industry is generally known as being more liberal than other economic sectors it is worth noting that it too has its share of plutocrat reactionaries. Though venture capitalist Tom Perkins became the face of the faction with his comparison of Occupy Wall Street to Nazis, a more relevant example [...]

Was NSA Head Insider Trading?

By: Thursday October 23, 2014 8:09 am

According to documents filed by former NSA Director Keith Alexander, the head of the NSA was speculating in commodities linked to China and Russia while receiving asymmetric information on the countries as part of his job. The use of asymmetric or non-public information for financial gain is a crime known as insider trading. The shares [...]

Holder And FBI Looking To Stop Civilian Use Of Strong Crypto

By: Friday October 10, 2014 9:32 am

Need more evidence that the government wants access to all your private information? Then check out the recent move by Attorney General Eric Holder and the FBI to subvert the use of strong cryptography by the average citizen. As noted by Cory Doctorow, the move to weaken civilian use of strong crypto is actually a [...]

NSA Extorted Yahoo’s Compliance With PRISM With $250,000 Per Day Fine Threat

By: Friday September 12, 2014 10:44 am

While many in the tech industry appear to have no trouble collaborating with those illegally spying on American citizens, it is instructive to see what happened to the companies that even put up mild resistance to the NSA’s mission of “collect it all.” According to recently unsealed court documents the NSA threatened to fine Yahoo [...]

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