New Reports that NSA Searches Angry Birds and Other Apps for Personal Data

Late Monday three separate media outlets reported on how the NSA snoops on data transmitted from cell phone apps.  The New York Times, The Guardian, and ProPublica each covered how apps like Angry Birds, report geo-location, buddy lists, and URLs visited, obviously in clear text, to be hoovered up by the NSA’s taps on global…

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Bitcoin Exchange CEO Arrested for Money Laundering

The CEO of Bitcoin New York-based exchange BitInstant, Charlie Shrem, was arrested and charged with money laundering. In the federal criminal complaint, the Southern District of New York charges that Shrem knowingly helped underground Bitcoin exchanger Robert M. Faiella, known as “BTCKing,” purchase bitcoins for his customers to use to make illicit purchases on the notorious…

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Schneier Predicts Ramping Up of Cyber Crime

In an interview with the BBC well know security expert Bruce Schneier declaimed that intelligence agency attacks on Internet infrastructure have broken trust. “The fact that it has been subverted in ways we don’t understand… we don’t know what to trust. And that is an enormous blow to the global promise of the Internet.” In the short…

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Blending Two Cultures: Management Perspectives on Converging Physical and Information Security

Hey, here’s a good idea: let’s have the part of facilities management that deals with the physical security of the office park, the factory, and the government facility work with the folks that handle IT Security. Let’s put those folks together in a room, see where there’s overlap, eliminate duplication of effort and maybe even…

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Biggest Names in Cryptography Condemn NSA Surveillance

Some of the biggest names in cryptography and computer sciences condemned the US government’s surveillance practices in an open letter. “Media reports since last June have revealed that the US government conducts domestic and international surveillance on a massive scale, that it engages in deliberate and covert weakening of Internet security standards, and that it…

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Microsoft to Allow International Customers to Store Data on Servers Outside the US

Microsoft will allow international customers to store their data on servers located outside US borders, Microsoft’s general counsel said Wednesday. The fallout from documents leaked by ex-Booz Hamilton contractor Edward Snowden made this decision necessary, Brad Smith, Microsoft’s general counsel, told the Financial Times (FT) in an interview at the World Economic Forum in Davos,…

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Snowden Calls For Termination of Unwarranted Surveillance

In a live chat hosted by The Courage Foundation Edward Snowden called on the US to stop the mass collection of telephone records by the NSA, authorized under section 215 of the Patriot Act. The Courage Foundation is a trust, audited by accountants Derek Rothera & Company in the UK, for the purpose of providing legal defence and…

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You Mad Bro? You Will Be, After Watching These Jacob Applebaum Videos

The reactions to the depth and scope of the NSA’s surveillance apparatus has varied from ho-hum, “that’s their job,” to OMG “it’s the end of the world as we know it!” Somewhere in the middle is the slow-boil rage that is going to transform the IT industry. If you are of the ho-hum mindset that…

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