Tag: Congress

NSA Allowed to Continue Phone Records Collection Until June 1

The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court in the United States has voted to approve an extension on the NSA’s most controversial phone record collection programs until June 1. The campaigns, which have caught an equal amount of flak from both sides of the aisle, have repeatedly avoided being shut down despite the continued efforts of Democrats, […]

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Study Claims 80% of Tor Traffic Related to Child Abuse

More than 80 percent of ‘dark net’ traffic is to sites hosting child-abuse content, according to a University of Portsmouth study of Tor ‘hidden services’ websites but some researchers have pointed out possible skewed results in the findings. The study’s findings were revealed at the recent Chaos Computer Congress in Hamburg. Using Tor’s technology to […]

Chief of NSA Michael Rogers Warns of Incoming Infrastructure Attack

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 […]

Credit Unions Hit Hard By Home Depot Breach

The Home Depot breach has hit credit unions across the US hard, costing up to $60m, almost double that of the Target breach, according to new reports. Credit Union Times reports that that a survey conducted by the Credit Union National Association (CUNA) throughout October found that 7.2m credit union cards were breached by the […]

Politicians Pushing CISA Bill After JPMorgan Hack

JPMorgan Chase is making headlines for all the wrong reasons. The bank suffered a major hack and revealed that 76 million household accounts were affected and a number of politicians are using the latest breach as a means to push forward new cyber crime laws. The hack included access to addresses, phone numbers, emails and […]

NOAA Slow to Fix Weather Satellite Vulnerabilities

The US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is behind schedule in updating its newest satellite systems and, as a result, is facing serious security vulnerabilities. The Department of Commerce Assistant Inspector General issued an urgent report to NOAA Under Secretary Dr. Kathryn D. Sullivan. The report refers to an audit on NOAA’s IT security […]

Behind-the-Scenes Look at EFF’s Anti-NSA Protests

The Electronic Frontier Foundation is one of the NSA’s harshest critics and has been following the construction of the NSA’s colossal data center in Bluffdale, Utah, which culminated in a protest co-organized with Greenpeace, where the duo flew a giant airship over the facility, bearing the slogan “Illegal Spying Below”. The June 27 stunt gathered […]

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Latest Snowden Reveal: NSA Targets Gaza, Feeds Israel Surveillance Info

With all the fighting in the Middle East over the past few weeks, one has to wonder if Snowden & Friends are simply waiting for the most opportune moment to drop a bomb, then letting documents fly without any concern for what’s left of the fallout. Either way, this week Glenn Greenwald used his new […]

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The CIA Spying Spree, Chief Admits Employees Hacked Senate Computers

One of the most controversial debates in the recent times took an extraordinary turn when John Brennan, CIA director, offered an unconditional apology against charges of snooping on the US Senate staff. The apology came after a long spell of public denial by the agency. The computer network used by the committee staff was constantly […]

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Government Surveillance Harms Journalists & Lawyers Says Report

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 […]

Phone Unlocking Bill Passes House, Lands on Obama’s Desk

This week, the House of Representatives woke up from its summer recess to pass a new bill which would turn over the DMCA law that prevents the average consumer from unlocking their cell phone without facing a hefty set of fines, and possibly permanent backlash from their providers over the nature of what “ownership” really […]

Tailor-made NSA iPhone Backdoor, or Apple’s Diagnostic Disaster?

This week, we reported on a potential backdoor in iOS devices that would allow anyone with a couple extra minutes on their hands the ability to download the entirety of the data contained on someone’s phone in an instant. The piece was written off information presented at the Hope X conference in New York last […]

Treasury Secretary Warns of Financial Cyber Threats

US Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew has called on the financial sector to step up the endeavors to protect its critical infrastructure and consumer privacy from the risk of cyber-attacks. The Internet has revolutionized the way the banking sector does business – from receiving bank deposits and opening new accounts to accepting bill payments and trading […]

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Tech Giants & US House Move to Counter Patent Trolls

The US House of Representatives and corporations in Silicon Valley are taking action against excessive patent litigation, also known as “patent trolling.” The House subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade drafted the Targeting Rogue and Opaque Letters (TROL) Act of 2014. Last Friday the subcommittee approved the bill to be submitted for consideration to the […]

New Snowden Leak: Only 10% of 160,000 Intercepted Messages from Actual Targets

This past weekend, a new set of Snowden documents hit the wires which report that of the 160,000 messages intercepted by the NSA between 2009 and 2012, a mere 10 percent were actually valuable to the agency and the investigations they were involved in at the time. This proves several suspicions the general public have […]

NSA Issues First “Transparency” Report in Response to Snowden Leaks

The US Director of National Intelligence James Clapper has released the NSA’s very first transparency report which detailed the number of targets the agency has spied on since their effort to ramp up operations started to take off back in 2001. So far those who have dissected the paper have expressed their concerns over the […]

Hackers Steal US Trade Secrets

After breaching the security of some major retailers in the US, cyber criminals have turned their attention towards stealing trade secrets. BAE Systems Appliance Intelligence reports that an unnamed US hedge fund has lost several million dollars over two-months after hackers injected malicious code into its network to steal trade secrets. In a rare raid, […]

Congress Passes Gutted USA Freedom Act 303-121

On Friday, the US House of Representatives passed a “landmark” bill dubbed the USA Freedom Act, which in theory would place severe limitations on the data that can and can’t be collected by bulk surveillance efforts on behalf of the NSA. What should have been a joyous occasion for privacy advocates everywhere, has instead been […]

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US House Committee Votes Down NSA Bulk Collections Program

The House Judiciary Committee has voted to further a bill that would effectively wipe out the bulk metadata collection efforts of the NSA, and prevent the agency from using the information they’ve already obtained in any cases in or outside of the United States from now on. The vote passed 32-0 with the committee unanimously […]