Microsoft handed the NSA access to encrypted messages Microsoft has collaborated closely with US intelligence services to allow users' communications to be intercepted, including helping the National Security Agency to circumvent the company's own encryption, according to top-secret documents obtained by the Guardian. The files provided by Edward Snowden illustrate the scale of co-operation between Silicon Valley and the intelligence agencies over the last three years. They also shed new light on the workings of the top-secret Prism program, which was disclosed by the Guardian and the Washington Post last month. The documents show that: • Microsoft helped the NSA to circumvent its encryption to address concerns that the agency would be unable to intercept web chats on the new Outlook.com portal; • The agency already had pre-encryption stage access to email on Outlook.com, including Hotmail; • Material collected through Prism is routinely shared with the FBI and CIA, with one NSA document describing the program as a "team sport".
'Google for spies' software mines social networks to track users' movements and could even predict what you'll do next Raytheon's Riot software sifts through data from suspects' online accountsCritics say it will be used for monitoring citizens' online livesSimilar to Geotime software bought by London's Met police two years ago By Damien Gayle Published: 10:19 GMT, 11 February 2013 | Updated: 10:15 GMT, 28 February 2013 New software which mines data from social networks to track people's movements and even predict future behaviour poses a 'very real threat to personal freedom', civil rights groups warned today. Multinational defence contractor Raytheon has developed the 'extreme-scale analytics' software which can sift through vast quantities of data from services like Facebook, Twitter and Google. Critics have already dubbed it a 'Google for spies' and say it is likely to be used by governments as a means of monitoring and tracking people online to detect signs of dissent. 'Technologically advanced methods now exist that make this possible.
LEGAL INTERCEPT - MICROSOFT CORPORATION  Plain old telephone service (POTS) allows people from all over the world to talk to each other through the use of telephones. POTS has been around since the late 19th century and has remained basically the same. In traditional usage, POTS has transmitted voice communications using electrical signals that are transmitted via pairs of wires. Central offices establish connections between callers and those called.  Sometimes, a government or one of its agencies may need to monitor communications between telephone users. communications does not work.  The subject matter claimed herein is not limited to embodiments that solve any disadvantages or that operate only in environments such as those described above.  Briefly, aspects of the subject matter described herein relate to silently recording communications.  This Summary is provided to briefly identify some aspects of the subject matter that is further described below in the Detailed Description. Legal Intercept
How the websites you visit (and even the gadgets you own) could decide how much retailers charge you Fears growing that retailers are using 'personalised pricing' to show affluent customers higher pricesOffice of Fair Trading and FTC investigating the practice By Mark Prigg Published: 11:23 GMT, 4 December 2012 | Updated: 12:09 GMT, 4 December 2012 Internet shoppers could be unfairly charged higher prices because of the sites they visit and even the gadgets they own, it has been claimed. So-called ‘personalised pricing’ is now under investigation by the Office of Fair Trading and their counterparts in the US amid fears it could become widespread. The system could be misused, allowing retailer to target shoppers using an iPad or other expensive gadget and give them higher prices. Fears are growing that retailers could use browsing history and even the gadget used to adjust pricing Consumers visit a site and search for a particular product. Their interest is recorded in a 'cookie', a small file on their computer, and may be shared with other sites.
Minority Report becomes reality: New software that predicts when laws are about to be broken U.S. funding research into AI that can predict how people will behaveSoftware recognises activities and predicts what might happen nextIntended for use in both military and civilian contexts By Damien Gayle Published: 10:59 GMT, 23 November 2012 | Updated: 11:09 GMT, 23 November 2012 Ever vigilant: All CCTV cameras can do these days is watch, but soon they could be able to predict when targets are about to break the law An artificial intelligence system that connects to surveillance cameras to predict when people are about to commit a crime is under development, funded by the U.S. military. The software, dubbed Mind's Eye, recognises human activities seen on CCTV and uses algorithms to predict what the targets might do next - then notify the authorities. The technology has echoes of the Hollywood film Minority Report, where people are punished for crimes they are predicted to commit, rather than after committing a crime. Their study, funded by the U.S.
Dennis Chang's VOIP-Pal aims to help law enforcement monitor Skype, other Internet chats. Photo by KIMIHIRO HOSHINO/AFP/Getty Images According to law enforcement agencies, the rising popularity of Internet chat services like Skype has made it difficult to eavesdrop on suspects’ communications. But now a California businessman is weighing in with what he claims is a revolutionary solution—a next-generation surveillance technology designed to covertly intercept online chats and video calls in real time. Ryan Gallagher is a journalist who reports on surveillance, security, and civil liberties. Follow Voice over IP chat software allows people to make phone calls over the Internet by converting analog audio signals into digital data packets. In response, technology companies have rushed to develop new surveillance solutions. With this technology, suspects whom authorities wanted to monitor could be identified through their username and subscriber data. Governments across the world are concerned about how the Web is impacting their ability to conduct surveillance.
The 'creepy' mannequin that stares back at you: Fashion retailers adapt airport security technology to profile customers Mannequins have cameras instead of eyes to monitor people as they shop Campaigners denounce 'creepy' move and claim it is profit over privacyEyeSee dummies, made in Italy, and are in use in Europe and the U.S.Makers want to update technology to EAVESDROP on what customers say By Damien Gayle Published: 17:41 GMT, 20 November 2012 | Updated: 15:04 GMT, 22 November 2012 Mannequins in fashion boutiques are now being fitted with secret cameras to 'spy' on shoppers' buying habits. High Street fashion chains have deployed the dummies equipped with technology adapted from security systems used to identify criminals at airports. From the outside, the $3,200 (£2,009) EyeSee dummy looks like any other mannequin, but behind its blank gaze it hides a camera feeding images into facial recognition software that logs the age, gender and race of shoppers. Scroll down for video VIDEO: See the "Smart Dummy" in action: 'In any case, just to avoid questions, so far we only offer the version with blind camera.'
'Revolutionary' technology could allow governments to listen in on your Skype conversations Until now voice-over internet services have been difficult for police to tap The technology is latest to offer governments a way to intercept web chats By Damien Gayle Published: 13:11 GMT, 21 November 2012 | Updated: 16:07 GMT, 21 November 2012 New eavesdropping technology could allow government agencies to 'silently record' conversations on internet chat services like Skype in real time. Until now, so called voice over internet protocol (VoIP) services have been difficult for police to tap into, because of the way they send information over the web. The services convert analogue audio signals into digital data packets, which are then sent in a way that is costly and complex for third parties to intercept. Secure... until now: A patent filed by a California-based businessman describes technology that would make it easy for authorities to tap into peer-to-peer VoIP services like Skype The hack was first reveal on a Russian-language forum two months ago, The Next Web reported.
'Government surveillance is on the rise' says Google as report shows it has been asked to reveal more user data than ever U.S. tops snoopers' league table, with nearly 8,000 requests for user dataUK comes in sixth - behind Germany and France - with 1,425 requestsReport also reveals a spike in requests to remove content from servicesRequests for content removal by UK authorities have nearly doubled By Damien Gayle Published: 12:31 GMT, 14 November 2012 | Updated: 16:11 GMT, 14 November 2012 Google today admitted that it had received - and complied with - a record number of requests from governments to reveal information about its users. The latest edition of the search giant's Transparency Report shows governments around the world made nearly 21,000 requests to access its data in the first six months of 2012. The U.S. government made the most demands, asking for users' details 7,969 times between January and June this year. What does Google know about you? 'In the first half of 2012, there were 20,938 inquiries from government entities around the world. 'It reflects laws on the ground.
Mobile phone companies can predict future movements of users by building a profile of their lifestyle Your future location is calculated using data from your phoneUniversity of Birmingham team made location predictions of users with an error margin of just 60ft If developed, it can be used for personalised marketing, but has been accused of invading privacy By Sara Malm and Lucy Osborne Published: 09:07 GMT, 19 August 2012 | Updated: 06:47 GMT, 20 August 2012 Tracked: Scientists have developed a formula to forecast our future movements through phone software From telling us when our train is coming, helping us when we're lost and letting us watch our favourite TV shows, there seems no limit to how involved our smartphone is with our day-to-day life. Now the gadget promises something so advanced it verges on the supernatural: it will know exactly what we're doing tomorrow. Scientists have found a way of predicting an individual's future movements by analysing information their mobile phone. Dr.
We're watching: The camera that can recognise you from your Facebook picture every time you walk into a shop Could be used by shops to offer discounts to customersSystem already being trialled in Nashville shops and barsUsers must sign up to take part and 'teach' system what they look like By Mark Prigg Published: 15:46 GMT, 13 August 2012 | Updated: 16:46 GMT, 13 August 2012 Shoppers could soon be automatically recognised when they walk into a shop using a controversial new camera. Called Facedeals, the camera uses photos uploaded to Facebook to recognise people as they walk in. Shoppers who agree to use the system, which has not been developed with Facebook, will be offered special deals. Scroll down for video Facedeals - a new camera that can recognise shoppers from their Facebook pictures as they enter a shop, and then offer them discounts A promotional video created to promote the concept shows drinkers entering a bar, and then being offerend cheap drinks as they are recognised. They are already trialling the scheme in firms close to their office. 'We call it Facedeals.'
Pentagon designing satellite that can spy on 40% of the Earth at once Membrane Optical Imager for Real-Time Exploitation (MOIRE) uses a massive web of thin membranes instead of heavy lensesIt is being developed by Pentagon's DARPA future weapons agencySatellite will have 68-foot lens - dwarfing Hubble, which is only eight feet By Daily Mail Reporter Published: 04:12 GMT, 10 December 2013 | Updated: 12:12 GMT, 10 December 2013 The Pentagon has designed a massive spy satellite that will dwarf any space telescope ever launched - and it point its sensitive lens back at us. The Membrane Optical Imager for Real-Time Exploitation (MOIRE) will be capable of capturing 40percent of the surface of the Earth at once. The satellite is the brainchild of DARPA, the Pentagon agency tasked with developing the next generation of weapons and technology for the U.S. military. Scroll down for video This is an artist's rending of the Membrane Optical Imager for Real-Time Exploitation (MOIRE) satellite that the Pentagon hopes to launch to spy on the earth
Darpa's Giant Folding Spy Satellite Will Dwarf All Other Space Telescopes | Danger Room Photo: Darpa Spying could become much easier if a new lightweight, folding satellite concept gets off the ground. Darpa, the military’s futuristic research agency, says it has plans to “break the glass ceiling” of space telescopes by shooting a new design into orbit that’s made of plastic and unfolds into a mammoth satellite that would dwarf the world’s most famous telescopes. Darpa’s Membrane Optical Imager for Real-Time Exploitation (MOIRE) program redesigns the traditional glass telescope into an orbital telescope that’s bigger and lighter than previous imaging satellites, making it easier to spy on larger areas and for longer periods of time. Launched as a tightly packed cluster of petals 20 feet in diameter, MOIRE stretches to 68 feet across once it reaches 22,000 miles above the earth. Up to this point, high resolution imagery has required large-diameter mirrors, but the thick, heavy glass is difficult to make and expensive. Image: Darpa