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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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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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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There’s no one else on Earth who’s more familiar with the surveillance capabilities of governments, spy agencies and criminals who is also willing to discuss those capabilities. Edward Snowden’s wide-ranging conversation with the Freedom of the Press Foundation’s Micah Lee on operational security for normal people is a must-read for anyone who wants to be […]

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The European Union wants U.S. businesses to report when U.S. intelligence agencies request access to data they hold about Europeans; the reporting is one of the conditions EU negotiators are imposing for signature of a new Safe Harbor agreement. Since Edward Snowden’s revelations about the U.S. surveillance of Internet traffic, European Commission officials have been […]

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NSA surveillance has been a hot topic ever since Edward Snowden revealed the extent of the agency’s activities. But government employees were concerned about surveillance for a decade before Mr. Snowden came along. Bill Binney, a former NSA Technical Leader for Intelligence, was hailed as one of the best analysts in NSA history for his expertise […]

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LAST MONTH, I met Edward Snowden in a hotel in central Moscow, just blocks away from Red Square. It was the first time we’d met in person; he first emailed me nearly two years earlier, and we eventually created an encrypted channel to journalists Laura Poitras and Glenn Greenwald, to whom Snowden would disclose overreaching mass surveillance by the National Security Agency and […]

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