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Edward Snowden: Smartphones can be hacked into with just one text message and then used to spy on their owners. The world’s spying agencies have tools that allow them to take over smartphones with just a text message, according to Edward Snowden, and there is “very little” that their owners can do to stop it.

Edward Snowden: Smartphones can be hacked into with just one text message and then used to spy on their owners

The UK’s intelligence agency has a suite of tools that let it listen on phones and their owners, Snowden told the BBC’s Panorama in Moscow. All spies would need to do is send a special text message and they will be able to gain access to the camera and its microphones, the BBC reported Snowden as saying. The set of tools is called “Smurf Suite”, according to Snowden. Meet Executive Order 12333: The Reagan rule that lets the NSA spy on Americans. John Napier Tye served as section chief for Internet freedom in the State Department’s Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor from January 2011 to April 2014.

Meet Executive Order 12333: The Reagan rule that lets the NSA spy on Americans

He is now a legal director of Avaaz, a global advocacy organization. Just Foreign Policy. Wanted: Negotiating Text of Trans-Pacific Partnership. Reward Offered. WikiLeaks: We've got a job for you At this very moment, the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement (TPP)--a trade agreement that could affect the health and welfare of billions of people worldwide--is being negotiated behind closed doors.

Wanted: Negotiating Text of Trans-Pacific Partnership. Reward Offered.

New Snowden slide reveals who the NSA's best friends really are. Defending your rights in the digital world. EFF: being forced to decrypt your files violates the Fifth. Trailblazer Project. Trailblazer was a United States National Security Agency (NSA) program intended to develop a capability to analyze data carried on communications networks like the Internet.

Trailblazer Project

It was intended to track entities using communication methods such as cell phones and e-mail.[1][2] It ran over budget, failed to accomplish critical goals, and was cancelled. Inside Big Safari, the Air Force’s Top Secret Intel Unit. The man on the other line didn’t seem happy. “We are a secretive and shadowy organization that has been in existence for over 60 years,” he said. Congress introduces USA Freedom Act to limit NSA's domestic phone spying.

The bill regarded as standing the best chance of actually curtailing the National Security Agency's domestic spying activities in the near future was introduced into Congress Tuesday. The USA Freedom Act—an acronym for the slightly more cumbersome “Uniting and Strengthening America by Fulfilling Rights and Ending Eavesdropping, Dragnet Collection, and Online Monitoring Act"—was jointly introduced into the House and Senate Tuesday, respectively by Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.) and senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.). Most notably, the bill would stop the NSA’s from collecting and storing phone practically all American call records, a practice unknown before former agency contractor Edward Snowden leaked evidence of its existence, and now openly admitted by the U.S. NSA spying 4chan. Say hello to men who hate NSA spying but blame women for being spied on. City Hall Protesters Demand "Drone-Free LAPD"

A boisterous group of protesters went to Los Angeles City Hall Thursday, trying to shoot down the LAPD drone program before it gets off the ground.

City Hall Protesters Demand "Drone-Free LAPD"

A similar fate befell the Seattle Police Department, which offered the drones to LAPD. Gordon Tokumatsu reports from downtown LA for the NBC4 News at 6 p.m. on Thursday, August 21, 2014. How to Ditch Big Brother and Disappear Forever. VPN Provider Shuts Down After Lavabit Case Undermines Security. A VPN provider says that concerns it may be forced to hand over its encryption keys to United States authorities have led it to take the decision to shut down its consumer services.

VPN Provider Shuts Down After Lavabit Case Undermines Security

CryptoSeal says that information revealed as part of the Lavabit case has undermined its original understanding of United States law and made its position untenable. Politicians, press dodge crucial debate on surveillance. Throughout all the bombshell revelations this summer about U.S. government surveillance, President Barack Obama and top intelligence officials have insisted they welcome a public debate on the balance between security and privacy. But in reality, they could not be trying much harder to stifle it. Thanks to the bountiful leaks from Edward Snowden to The Guardian and other newspapers, the public is finally getting an accurate sense of the vast U.S. electronic surveillance regime that collects, connects and retains massive amounts of information about all of us — although government officials are asking us to believe that almost none of it ever gets looked at by anyone.

Far from being forthcoming, however, when administration representatives have made themselves available for questions, their answers have been defensive — often vague or overly narrow, misleading or plainly untruthful. Sen. Do American citizens have a right to private electronic communication? The White House Has Been Covering Up the Presidency's Role in Torture for Years. On May 10, 2013, John Brennan presented CIA's response to the Senate Intelligence Committee Torture Report to the President.

The White House Has Been Covering Up the Presidency's Role in Torture for Years

Official White House Photo by Pete Souza. On May 10, 2013, John Brennan presented CIA’s response to the Senate Intelligence Committee Torture Report to the President. Official White House Photo by Pete Souza. Massachusetts SWAT teams claim they’re private corporations, immune from open records laws. As part of the American Civil Liberties Union’s recent report on police militarization, the Massachusetts chapter of the organization sent open records requests to SWAT teams across that state.

Massachusetts SWAT teams claim they’re private corporations, immune from open records laws

It received an interesting response. As it turns out, a number of SWAT teams in the Bay State are operated by what are called law enforcement councils, or LECs. These LECs are funded by several police agencies in a given geographic area and overseen by an executive board, which is usually made up of police chiefs from member police departments. In 2012, for example, the Tewksbury Police Department paid about $4,600 in annual membership dues to the North Eastern Massachusetts Law Enforcement Council, or NEMLEC. Heathrow and Manchester issue must-be-charged gadget advice. The Snowden files: why the British public should be worried about GCHQ. Attacking Tor: how the NSA targets users' online anonymity.

The online anonymity network Tor is a high-priority target for the National Security Agency.

Attacking Tor: how the NSA targets users' online anonymity

NSA and GCHQ target Tor network that protects anonymity of web users. The National Security Agency has made repeated attempts to develop attacks against people using Tor, a popular tool designed to protect online anonymity, despite the fact the software is primarily funded and promoted by the US government itself.

NSA and GCHQ target Tor network that protects anonymity of web users

Top-secret NSA documents, disclosed by whistleblower Edward Snowden, reveal that the agency's current successes against Tor rely on identifying users and then attacking vulnerable software on their computers. One technique developed by the agency targeted the Firefox web browser used with Tor, giving the agency full control over targets' computers, including access to files, all keystrokes and all online activity.