This week, the NSA finally (and voluntarily) served up their first piece of humble pie after a year-and-a-half of near total silence on the matter of their own internal advisory practices and oversight.
A reporter in Tuscon, Arizona has been denied access to public records related to the use of stingrays, also known as cellphone trackers, under Arizona’s public records act.
Security consultant Mike Katz-Lacabe recently filed a request for records related to Stingray technology, which mimics a cellphone tower and exposes data from smartphones, used by the San Jose Police Department in a case.
This Thursday, newly-anointed head of the NSA Michael Rogers appeared before the US House of Representatives Intelligence Committee to testify that China, and “probably one or two” other countries had the active capability to hack into, and disable critical pieces of energy and financial infrastructure within the United States. Of course, the whole thing seems Read More
While school districts all around the country are struggling with their students’ use of social media, a Tennessee school board has been accused of denying students their constitutional rights over a new policy that allows schools to search students’ electronic devices. The policy from the Williamson County Board of Education allows educational authorities to monitor Read More
The San Diego government has been using a Bluetooth tracking system called Blufax to monitor traffic behavior via Bluetooth-enabled smartphones. After Voice of San Diego reporter Michael Robertson requested documentation under the California Public Records Act (CPRA), he discovered that the city government had a minimum of 16 Blufax devices and intended to eventually install Read More
Kevin Poulsen from Wired reported earlier in the week that the FBI is utilizing hacker-like strategies to track Tor users, in an effort labelled as ‘Operation Torpedo’. So far the legal authority says it has only tracked systems accessing underground child porn sites. The hacking weapon of choice is the “drive by download”, informs Poulsen. Read More
For the second time this year, the United States Senate will vote on a bill that could help to drastically curb some of the powers that the NSA has enjoyed for far too long, removing many of the programs that have allowed them to spy on Americans en masse, and strictly monitor the rest that Read More
A new joint report by the Human Rights Watch (HRW) and American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) illustrates the effects of government surveillance on journalists and lawyers operating in the US. The report systematically outlines how these surveillance procedures impact freedoms of expression, association, and press as well as the public’s right to access information and Read More
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) are officially joining an Idaho’s woman initiative against the National Security Agency (NSA) over the collection of cellphone data. The NSA was sued by Anna Smith of Coeur d’Alene last year, who contended that the agency was collecting data that amounted to illegal seizure Read More