WASHINGTON — The Paris attacks have renewed debate on the U.S. government’s post-Sept. 11 domestic surveillance laws, leading to efforts to revive the issue on Capitol Hill and handing Marco Rubio an opening against Ted Cruz in the Republican presidential race. The two senators were on opposite sides earlier this year when Congress eliminated the […]

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Ted Cruz says his campaign has momentum. Donald Trump is giving his supporters the hard sell. Ben Carson says he’s not worried about his standing in Iowa. With less than 60 days before the leadoff presidential caucuses, Republican candidates traversed Iowa Saturday trying to convince voters to back them for the presidential nomination. Speaking to […]

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I apologize for repeating an anecdote that I wrote about in an earlier blog post. But it is highly pertinent, so please forgive my transgression. My late brother was in the midst of his PhD in physics when he passed away. But during the many years he was studying physics, he was often asked how […]

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Civil liberty advocates are worried that a spate of ISIS attacks will bring a renewed push for more-intense government surveillance, and comments by CIA chief John Brennan won’t make them feel any better. Following the downing of Flight 9268, last week’s suicide bombings in Beirut, and Friday’s Paris massacre, Brennan slammed the “hand-wringing” over government… […]

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Each step toward a conclusion that the assailants in the San Bernardino mass shooting were inspired by the Islamic State group carries with it the possibility of an even more dire reality: The extremists’ strategy is starting to work here at home. Once primarily focused on drawing its brand of the faithful to a so-called […]

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If you use Tor the NSA might be spying on you Privacy and encryption have been two very hot topics for the last few years. The Tor browser can help protect your privacy while online, but it may come at the cost of being spied on by the NSA. Patrick Tucker reports for Defense One: […]

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Ted Cruz has launched a stinging attack on fellow Republicans who have demanded the return of mass telephone surveillance in the wake of the San Bernardino terrorist attack. The Texas senator, who is surging in the 2016 polls by running as the most conservative candidate in the race, has rejected the calls from many in […]

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Darren Hayes, a professor of computer science forensics at Pace University in New York, said one helpful move would be for Apple and Google to roll back their encryption to the level of a year ago to enable access to smartphones with a warrant or court order. “It worked very well, but Apple somewhere along […]

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NEW YORK (AP) – The deadly attacks in Paris may soon reopen the debate over whether – and how – tech companies should let governments bypass the data scrambling that shields everyday commerce and daily digital life. So far, there’s no hard evidence that the Paris extremists relied on encrypted communications – essentially, encoded digital […]

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  THE POST-PARIS ENCRYPTION DEBATE — If the Paris terrorist attacks stirred a moribund debate on mandating backdoors in encrypted communications, the bloodshed doesn’t seem to have changed anyone’s opinion. European officials have suggested the attackers used encrypted messaging apps to conceal their plotting but have yet to offer any evidence. Asked Monday whether the […]

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UK politicians are calling for surveillance laws to be fast-tracked and are joining their US comrades in blaming Edward Snowden for leaking intelligence practices and making it easier for Islamic State (Isis) to hide its operations from being detected prior to the Paris attacks. UK Chancellor George Osborne announced on 17 November that he would […]

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In a new interview with The Intercept, Edward Snowden offers some wide-ranging advice on what the average citizen can do to protect their privacy. Among those tidbits offered by the famous leaker: flip on an ad-blocker when you’re browsing the web. Snowden also discussed Tor and two-step verification. “We’ve seen internet providers like Comcast, AT&T, or […]

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