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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VMware to Acquire Mobile Security Firm AirWatch for $1.54 Billion

VMware, Inc. today announced that it had entered into a definitive agreement to acquire mobile management and security solutions provider AirWatch for $1.54 billion. VMware said it would pay approximately $1.175 billion in cash and $365 million in installed payments and assumed unvested equity for the Atlanta-based startup. The acquisition will be funded in part…

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Notorious Hacker Guccifer Reportedly Arrested

Romanian law enforcement authorities have arrested a man they believe is “Guccifer,” the hacker who broke into email accounts of high-profile individuals, such as George W. Bush. Guccifer leaked several of the former president’s self-portraits last year. Marcel Lazar Lehel, a 40-year old Romanian male living in the city of Arad, was arrested after authorities searched his home,…

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Shape Security Comes Out of Stealth Mode with Network Appliance that Disables Attacks on Websites and Web Apps

Shape Security disclosed today that after two years of research and development, the company has built a network security appliance called a botwall, which it said protects websites against a wide range of cyber attacks – scripts, bots and malware. Shape said its network security appliance is the first commercial use of real-time polymorphism as…

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Tech Bubble? Yes. Security Bubble? No.

Bob Ackerman, a VC at Allegis Capital wrote what could be considered a self-serving piece on the security tech bubble published on VentureBeat. Of course an investor in security companies is going to stoke the flames of exuberance, especially in light of the ridiculous valuation of FireEye at IPO of $6 billion ($FEYE has a market…

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What is Really Needed to Reform the NSA

Here is how it is going to play out. Starting with the lackluster reforms that President Obama introduced today, reducing meta data based surveillance to two instead of three links, beefing up requirements for looking at that data, with more FISA court review, clarifying NSA spying on foreign heads of state, and making national Security…

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