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The US Built a Bizarre "Twitter for Cuba" to Help Undermine Castro

In one of the oddest reports of spy games we've heard in years, the AP has uncovered a United States plot to create a "Cuban Twitter" that would lure in users with football scores and music news before evolving its message into anti-Castro rhetoric. If any part of that made you say what, don't worry, that's a perfectly natural response. Read More >>

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Married With Children is the Best Way for the Modern Spy to Blend in

A female spy has outlined her work with the UK's MI6 intelligence agency, claiming that the modern world sees female spies with husbands and children as the future of surveillance, due to them being perceived as less of a threat. And the old "better at multitasking" myth has raised its head again, too Read More >>

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Microsoft Will Leave Email Snooping Up to the Authorities Now

After last week's uproar over Microsoft's 2012 snooping in a blogger's Hotmail account, the company says it will no longer perform its own email snooping in criminal cases. In an official blog post today, Microsoft Executive Vice President Brad Smith said that, effective immediately, when investigations occur, "we will not inspect a customer's private content ourselves. Instead, we will refer the matter to law enforcement if further action is required." Which sounds like what should've been protocol in the first place. Read More >>

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Google Turns Today's Biggest Privacy Issue Into Weird Playmobil Video

Google wants you to know exactly how it deals with US government requests for user data. That's good! But the company wants to explain it to you with stop-motion wooden toys, like you're some kind of three year old. That's . . . weird. Read More >>

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Huawei, Once Accused of Spying, Has Been Hacked by NSA Since 2009

Chinese electronics manufacturer Huawei decided to withdraw from US business last year amid accusations that it built backdoors into American government and business systems. But while the US government was publicly accusing the company of espionage, the NSA had already established its own backdoors into Huawei's networks, say Der Spiegel and The New York Times. Read More >>

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NSA Responds to Facebook Mimicking Allegations

It doesn't normally do this, but the NSA just released a statement in response to the recent report about the agency's habit of infecting millions of computers with malware and impersonating Facebook servers. Unsurprisingly, the NSA is denying everything. Read More >>

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Surprise: Phone Metadata Gives Away the Most Secret of Your Secrets

If you're one of the masses who inexplicably think that NSA phone surveillance doesn't matter --or that it doesn't apply to us Brits-- then you're in for a shock: new research reveals that simple analysis of mobile phone metadata can reveal masses about you. As if it wasn't bad enough that our social media habits are being monitored. Read More >>

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British GCHQ Spies Have Been Watching Your Sexy Webcam Calls

It has today been revealed that British intelligence unit GCHQ ran a program codenamed "Optic Nerve" from 2008 to 2010 that involved capturing webcam images from internet users. And yep, as you'd imagine, that included a lot of sexy time. Read More >>

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WSJ: Obama Weighing Four Alternatives to NSA Phone Surveillance

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that the Obama administration has been presented with "four options for revamping NSA phone surveillance"—including one which would scrap it for good. Read More >>

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Today is the Day the Internet Fights Back to Protect Privacy

Mass surveillance of electronic communications is a vast, new, government intrusion on the privacy of innocent people worldwide. It is a violation of international human rights law. Without checks and balances, its use will continue to spread from country to country, corrupting democracies and empowering dictators. Read More >>

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UK Spies Messed About Launching DDoS Attacks on Anonymous and Lulzsec Members

New revelations from Edward Snowden's massive pile of governmental shame reveals that GCHQ experimented with DDoS attacks as a way of keeping online activists in check, turning the favoured internet weapon of the underground masses against some of the usual suspects. Read More >>

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UK Government Can Spy on our Facebook Likes, YouTube Viewing and More

GCHQ, our intelligence agency, is apparently able to spy on pretty much every aspect of our social lives, monitoring Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, most likely accessed by "tapping into" data cables. They call the programme "Squeaky Dolphin" and yes, that's the official logo. Don't laugh, it's serious stuff. Read More >>

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High-Level Independent Review: NSA Phone Spying is Illegal, Should End

An independent review, by a board made up of high-level members, has concluded that the National Security Agency's long-running programme to collect phone records is illegal and should stop. Read More >>

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The NSA Uses Radio Waves to Monitor 100,000 Computers Without Internet

We already know that the NSA intercepts computer deliveries to introduce backdoors into hardware, but now a story in the New York Times suggests that the Agency uses radio technology to spy on 100,000 computers that aren't connected to the internet. Read More >>

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NSA Phone Spying is Useless in Preventing Terrorist Attacks, Study Says

As you probably suspected, the NSA's massive phone record collection "has had no discernible impact on preventing acts of terrorism," according to a new study. In fact—and perhaps more interestingly—the agency's real problem isn't a lack of information. It's an excess of secrecy. Read More >>

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At Least We're Not Alone: NSA Spies on Members of the US Congress As Well

The NSA responded today to Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders' letter asking if the agency spies on members of the US Congress and other elected officials. Its response says the NSA treats Congress the same as regular citizens. Which seems like a roundabout way of saying "yes." Read More >>

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