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BIG BROTHER & Co. are WATCHING us.... How Defenders Of NSA Dragnet Surveillance Are Stretching A 1979 Ruling To Pretend It's Constitutional. FBI Wants Backdoors in Facebook, Skype and Instant Messaging. The FBI has been lobbying top internet companies like Yahoo and Google to support a proposal that would force them to provide backdoors for government surveillance, according to CNET.

FBI Wants Backdoors in Facebook, Skype and Instant Messaging

The Bureau has been quietly meeting with representatives of these companies, as well as Microsoft (which owns Hotmail and Skype), Facebook and others to argue for a legislative proposal, drafted by the FBI, that would require social-networking sites and VoIP, instant messaging and e-mail providers to alter their code to make their products wiretap-friendly.

The FBI has previously complained to Congress about the so-called “Going Dark” problem – the difficulty of doing effective wiretap surveillance as more communications have moved from traditional telephone services to internet service companies. Ca m’énèrve #libre #microsoft #NSA #hadopi #pellerin #peillon #maman. Skype with care – Microsoft is reading everything you write. The H May 15, 2013 Anyone who uses Skype has consented to the company reading everything they write.

Skype with care – Microsoft is reading everything you write

The H‘s associates in Germany at heise Security have now discovered that the Microsoft subsidiary does in fact make use of this privilege in practice. Shortly after sending HTTPS URLs over the instant messaging service, those URLs receive an unannounced visit from Microsoft HQ in Redmond. A reader informed heise Security that he had observed some unusual network traffic following a Skype instant messaging conversation.

The server indicated a potential replay attack. Did the FBI Lean On Microsoft for Access to Its Encryption Software? The NSA is reportedly not the only government agency asking tech companies for help in cracking technology to access user data.

Did the FBI Lean On Microsoft for Access to Its Encryption Software?

Sources say the FBI has a history of requesting digital backdoors, which are generally understood as a hidden vulnerability in a program that would, in theory, let the agency peek into suspects' computers and communications. In 2005, when Microsoft was about to launch BitLocker, its Windows software to encrypt and lock hard drives, the company approached the NSA, its British counterpart the GCHQ and the FBI, among other government and law-enforcement agencies. Microsoft's goal was twofold: get feedback from the agencies, and sell BitLocker to them. Your Online Pictures Will Be Used To Identify You On CCTV. Despite the growing criticism worldwide for the privacy violations of the NSA, the National Security Agency continues to harvest millions of images of people from the web.

Your Online Pictures Will Be Used To Identify You On CCTV

These images come from the communications that the NSA intercepts through its global surveillance operation, which comes equipped with a sophisticated facial recognition program. The NSA uses a variety of data in order to fish for the images, including e-mails, text messages, social media, video conferences, and other communications. Yes, the FBI and CIA can read your email. Here's how.

The U.S. government -- and likely your own government, for that matter -- is either watching your online activity every minute of the day through automated methods and non-human eavesdropping techniques, or has the ability to dip in as and when it deems necessary -- sometimes with a warrant, sometimes without.

Yes, the FBI and CIA can read your email. Here's how

That tin-foil hat really isn't going to help. Take it off, you look silly. Gen. Yes, The FBI Used Malware To Try To Reveal Tor Users. Feds put heat on Web firms for master encryption keys. Large Internet companies have resisted the government's demands for encryption keys requests on the grounds that they go beyond what the law permits, according to one person who has dealt with these attempts. (Credit: Declan McCullagh) The U.S. government has attempted to obtain the master encryption keys that Internet companies use to shield millions of users' private Web communications from eavesdropping. These demands for master encryption keys, which have not been disclosed previously, represent a technological escalation in the clandestine methods that the FBI and the National Security Agency employ when conducting electronic surveillance against Internet users.

Aaron Swartz Explains Why The NSA Needs To Be Stopped. Lutte pour un net libre. Crypto prof asked to remove NSA-related blog post. Matthew Green is a well-known cryptography professor, currently teaching in the computer science department of Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.

Crypto prof asked to remove NSA-related blog post

Supreme Court Sets Powerful Limits for Cell Searches, Fails to Protect Internet Streaming. San Francisco - The U.S.

Supreme Court Sets Powerful Limits for Cell Searches, Fails to Protect Internet Streaming

Supreme Court issued two big rulings in important technology cases today. In a groundbreaking decision on cell phone privacy, the court set powerful limits for police searches of cell phones, ruling in two consolidated cases that law enforcement must get a warrant before accessing the data on an arrested person's cell phone. The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) filed amicus briefs in both of the cell phone search cases that were at issue in today's decision. "These decisions are huge for digital privacy," EFF Staff Attorney Hanni Fakhoury said. "The court recognized that the astounding amount of sensitive data stored on modern cell phones requires heightened privacy protection, and cannot be searched at a police officer's whim.

How Britain exported next-generation surveillance — Matter. OVER THE PAST DECADE, countries all around the world have started to employ the same technologies Britain has been building for 30 years.

How Britain exported next-generation surveillance — Matter

Australia began fitting mobile ANPR units to its highway patrol vehicles in 2009. The small Belgian city of Mechelen was selected to trial the system in 2011: by the following year, the city was already monitoring a quarter of a million vehicles every month. The results of the program, including the discovery of 224 stolen vehicles, are now being used to justify the installation of high-definition CCTV and facial recognition systems throughout the city center. Italy, the Netherlands, Ukraine and Turkey: all are among the ever-expanding list of countries now rolling out plate-reading systems at scale. In the United States, implementations have multiplied many times over in recent years. Push for Australians' web browsing histories to be stored. Intelligence agency ASIO is using the Snowden leaks to bolster its case for laws forcing Australian telecommunications companies to store certain types of customers' internet and telephone data for a period of what some law enforcement agencies would like to be two years.

Push for Australians' web browsing histories to be stored

The federal spying agency is supported by the Northern Territory Police, Victoria Police, Australian Federal Police, Australian Crime Commission and Australian Commission for Law Enforcement Integrity, who all say they are in support of a data-retention regime. [Web history] as important to capture as telephone records. Northern Territory Police. Silicon Valley protecting yourPrivacy? ; "the_conspiracy". Your Interest in Privacy Will Ensure You're Targeted By The NSA. The internet is fucked. Leaked Watchlist Guidelines Show How the Obama Admin Abuses the 'State Secrets' Privilege. Ashk4n : Of the 4 US webmail providers ... UK spy agency intercepted webcam images of millions of Yahoo users.

Britain's surveillance agency GCHQ, with aid from the US National Security Agency, intercepted and stored the webcam images of millions of internet users not suspected of wrongdoing, secret documents reveal.

UK spy agency intercepted webcam images of millions of Yahoo users

Germany Opens Criminal Investigation On Alleged NSA Merkel Phone Tap. Documents provided by NSA leaker Edward Snowden indicated in October that the U.S. was monitoring Merkel's cellphone conversations, as well as those of 35 other foreign leaders. German Chancellor Angela Merkel smiles as she arrives for the weekly cabinet meeting at the chancellery in Berlin, 2014. Intrusion massive de la DGSE dans les communications des clients d'Orange : libertés en danger ! Communiqué commun de l'Observatoire des libertés et du numérique (OLN)1 Paris, 22 avril 2014 — Dans un dossier publié le 20 mars 2014, Le Monde a révélé – sur la base d'un document de 2010 du GCHQ britannique (Government Communications Headquarters) – que la DGSE avait accès « libre et total » aux réseaux d'Orange et flux de données qui y transitent.

L'article « Espionnage : comment Orange et les services secrets coopèrent » montre par ailleurs que les agents de la DGSE et d'Orange coopèrent à casser le chiffrement des flux de données correspondants. Ces activités ont lieu hors de tout cadre légal et judiciaire. Il est sidérant que ces informations n'aient donné lieu à aucune réponse du gouvernement. L'Observatoire des libertés et du numérique (OLN) exige que des réponses politiques, légales et pénales soient apportées à ces agissements. CEOs and CISOs must share blame for data breaches. June 04, 2014. Cable Companies Are Astroturfing Fake Consumer Support to End Net Neutrality. Activists protesting outside FCC headquarters in Washington, DC, on May 15, 2014. Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images. The Government Can No Longer Track Your Cell Phone Without a Warrant. The government and police regularly use location data pulled off of cell phone towers to put criminals at the scenes of crimes—often without a warrant.

How the Justice Department Keeps Its Cell Phone Snooping a Secret. A demonstration against NSA mass surveillance in Washington, DC, in October 2013. Machines that steal your phone’s data. The National Security Agency’s spying tactics are being intensely scrutinized following the recent leaks of secret documents. However, the NSA isn't the only US government agency using controversial surveillance methods. Wireless network tracks civilians. ‘Smart’ Street Lights Analyze Voices, Track People. The airborne panopticon: How plane-mounted cameras watch entire cities. Apple's Fingerprint ID And How It May Take Away Your 5th Amendment Right To Protect Your Data. Samsung's Smart TVs Are Collecting And Storing Your Private Conversations. Techdirt - Guess who's eavesdropping on you now? It's not... Bot Blocking Features of Distil's Content Protection Network. Facebook email: pointless endeavor, spammer's dream, or both?

Apple, Google, Microsoft, and others launch campaign for NSA reform.