Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg calls Obama to protest NSA spy programs

Facebook’s 29-year-old billionaire creator Mark Zuckerberg speaks on the opening day of the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, on February 24, 2014. (LLUIS GENE/AFP/Getty Images) Outraged by new revelations about the government’s Internet surveillance programs, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said Thursday that he telephoned President Barack Obama personally to complain about “the damage the government is creating for all of our future.” Zuckerberg’s Wednesday night phone call — the latest sign of the tech industry’s growing alarm over government spy efforts — came on the heels of a news report that said the National Security Agency has developed a computer … Continue reading Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg calls Obama to protest NSA spy programs

‘NSA posed as Facebook for surveillance’

SAN FRANCISCO: While US law enforcement agencies have long tried to stamp out networks of compromised computers used by cybercriminals, the National Security Agency has been hijacking the so-called botnets as a resource for spying. The NSA has “co-opted” more than 140,000 computers since August 2007 for the purpose of injecting them with spying software, according to a slide leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden and published by The Intercept news website. Botnets are typically used by criminals to steal financial information from infected machines, to relay spam messages, and to conduct “denial-of-service” attacks against websites by having all … Continue reading ‘NSA posed as Facebook for surveillance’

The First Phone which will Evade Any Surveillance is Launched

The recent revelations regarding the NSA and other spying agencies have thrown our knowledge of piracy back on our heads. So to be more private, we now know that we’ll have to be more high-tech and reclusive in our modern lives and here’s a phone which promises exactly that. Named appropriately the “Blackphone”, the device is made by the Spanish manufacturer Geeksphone and the communications firm Silent Circle. It runs on a modified version of Android OS, PrivatOS, which is strongly coded so as not to leak any of your texts, calls or any other stuff, while either sending or … Continue reading The First Phone which will Evade Any Surveillance is Launched

NSA reportedly planted spyware on electronics equipment

Based on internal NSA documents, Der Spiegel reveals that the spy agency planted backdoors to access computers, hard drives, routers, and other devices from companies such as Cisco, Dell, Western Digital, Seagate, Maxtor and Samsung. Headquarters of the NSA at Fort Meade, Maryland. (Credit: NSA) A new report from Der Spiegel, based on internal National Security Agency documents, reveals more details about how the spy agency gains access to computers and other electronic devices to plant backdoors and other spyware. The Office of Tailored Access Operations, or TAO, is described as a “squad of digital plumbers” that deals with hard targets … Continue reading NSA reportedly planted spyware on electronics equipment

Tech executives to Obama: NSA spying revelations are hurting business

Leaders of the nation’s biggest technology firms warned President Obama during a lengthy meeting at the White House on Tuesday that National Security Agency spying programs are damaging their reputations and could harm the broader economy. Cisco Systems has said it is seeing customers, especially overseas, back away from American-branded technology after documents revealed that the NSA enlisted tech firms and secretly tapped into their data hubs around the world as the agency pursued terrorism suspects. Companies such as IBM, AT&T and Verizon Communications are facing angry shareholders, some of whom have filed lawsuits demanding that the companies disclose their participation in NSA intelligence programs. The companies also … Continue reading Tech executives to Obama: NSA spying revelations are hurting business

Facebook, Google lead tech industry group demanding government surveillance reform

A group of the world’s most powerful Internet companies have come together to form the Reform Government Surveillance group, an organization pushing for wide-scale changes to US government surveillance in light of NSA revelations revealed by whistleblower Edward Snowden. Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Apple, AOL, LinkedIn, Twitter and Yahoo have formed the alliance to push their shared belief that “it is time for the world’s governments to address the practices and laws regulating government surveillance of individuals and access to their information.” The organization is pledging its support to sweeping new reform proposed by Washington politicians, and its website includes five central principles for change: … Continue reading Facebook, Google lead tech industry group demanding government surveillance reform

Secret NSA documents show campaign against Tor encrypted network

On Nov. 1, 2007, the National Security Agency hosted a talk by Roger Dingledine, principal designer of one of the world’s leading Internet privacy tools. It was a wary encounter, akin to mutual intelligence gathering, between a spy agency and a man who built tools to ward off electronic surveillance. According to a top secret NSA summary of the meeting, Dingledine told the assembled NSA staff that his service, called Tor, offered anonymity to people who needed it badly — to keep business secrets, protect their identities from oppressive political regimes or conduct research without revealing themselves. To the NSA, … Continue reading Secret NSA documents show campaign against Tor encrypted network