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Snowden on the darkest corners of US govt.

Snowden on the darkest corners of US govt

I received my first communication from Edward Snowden, although I had no idea at the time that it was from him. The contact came in the form of an email from someone calling himself Cincinnatus, a reference to Lucius Quinctius Cincinnatus, the Roman farmer who, in the fifth century BC, was appointed dictator of Rome to defend the city against attack. He is most remembered for what he did after vanquishing Rome’s enemies: he immediately and voluntarily gave up political power and returned to farming life. Hailed as a “model of civic virtue,” Cincinnatus has become a symbol of the use of political power in the public interest and the worth of limiting or even relinquishing individual power for the greater good. Read More »

Reporter Claims Computer Self Deleted Text While He Tried to Write Book About Snowden

Reporter Claims Computer Self Deleted Text While He Tried to Write Book About Snowden

My first question would be: Was the system really offline? Was he using a computer with a wi-fi network adapter (pretty much any laptop made in the last decade)? If yes, then it’s probably safe to assume that he wasn’t actually offline. Whatever rootkit was running on the system could simply turn on the wi-fi radio and make it connect to the spook’s wi-fi access point conveniently installed within range of the computer. Read More »

Report: US plunges in global press freedom rankings

Report US plunges in global press freedom rankings

Press freedom in the United States has faced “one of the most significant declines” in the world amid increased efforts to track down whistleblowers, according to a new report. Last year, the United States plunged 13 spots in the global press freedom index to number 46, Paris-based Reporters Without Borders said on Wednesday. Read More »

Whistleblower Snowden’s background security firm hit with fraud charges

Whistleblower Snowden’s background security firm hit with fraud charges

The US Justice Department charged the government's biggest security background-checking agency of wasting millions of dollars by filing over 660,000 flawed audits on people who would eventually have access to state secrets. The Justice Department filed a 25-page civil complaint against US Investigations Services LLC, alleging that between March 2008 and September 2012, the private firm “flushed” some 665,000 cases of flawed security checks into the pipeline of numerous federal agencies, including the Defense Department, Department of Homeland Security and the National Security Agency (NSA), thereby possibly opening the door to serious breaches of state security Read More »

3 Simple Ways To Protect Yourself From NSA Spying Activities

3 Simple Ways To Protect Yourself From NSA Spying Activities

National Security Agency (NSA ) has a lot of spying activities that you may not be comfortable with .This is particularly due to the impact that they may have on your private life. The organization makes use of social networking sites and e-mail services to monitor your communications. In sending messages using your cellphone or sending e-mails with your PC the organization uses different techniques such as determining the IP address with of your pc to find your place and what you are communicating about. For privacy factors you may not like any of your details to be exposed to NSA. The organization spends a lot of cash yearly in the spying activity. This makes it essential for you to implement different techniques with great care. The following are three techniques that you can use to prevent the spying of NSA on your activities: Read More »

Windows error messages let NSA spy on people: Crash reports are a ‘neat way’ of gaining access to machines, claims report

Windows error messages let NSA spy on people Crash reports are a 'neat way' of gaining access to machines, claims report

Error messages that pop up on Microsoft windows computer systems could enable the National Security Agency to spy on PC users, according to a report. The error messages appear when a Microsoft windows program stops working or 'freezes' and a pc user can choose to send an error report to Microsof to emphasize the problem, which is designed to help Microsof company engineers improve their products and fix bugs. However, conscientious computer users might be delivering reports to the NSA as well as the tech giant, a report by German magazine Der Spiegel indicates. Read More »

​White House: No amnesty for Snowden

White House No amnesty for Snowden

​The White House said on Monday that it does not support amnesty for NSA leaker Edward Snowden. The comment comes after the head of an agency investigative unit probing the leaks suggested that amnesty was worth considering. Read More »

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