Latest National Security Agency Stories

Smartphone Data May Not Be Safe From The NSA
2013-09-09 04:02:43

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online The US National Security Agency (NSA) has the ability to access user data on several popular types of smartphones, according to reports published by German news outlet Spiegel this weekend. According to a September 7 article, the online version of the Hamburg-based weekly news magazine Der Spiegel claims to have seen “top secret NSA documents” that “explicitly note that the NSA can tap into such information on Apple iPhones,...

NSA Using Backdoors For Encryption Services
2013-09-06 10:28:47

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online New information about the NSA’s ongoing digital monitoring of Americans has been revealed this week including information that the agency has been working with tech companies to build “back doors” into their encryption methods. These serve as access points to a person’s email, banking information, medical records or other private data they have online. The NSA has taken great pains to protect the secrecy of this...

FISA Talks With US Government Break Down, Google And Microsoft Filing Lawsuit
2013-09-01 08:06:14

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports – Your Universe Online Microsoft and Google are threatening to sue the US government after failing to convince the Justice Department to reveal more information about official requests for user data collected under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), various media outlets reported over the weekend. According to Rory Carroll of The Guardian, the two tech giants announced the lawsuit on Friday in their latest attempt to disclose requests...

More Details Revealed About NSA Surveillance Programs
2013-08-21 17:52:11

Enid Burns for redOrbit.com – Your Universe Online The depth to which the National Security Agency probes Internet activity such as emails and phone calls made over Voice Over IP (VoIP) lines is more than previously known. New reports uncovered by the Wall Street Journal reveal some of the NSA's activities. Surveillance put in place by the NSA has the ability to reach up to 75 percent of all US Internet traffic. Yet the agency has limited legal authority to spy on US citizens without...

Groklaw Website Shuts Down Due To Surveillance Fears
2013-08-20 14:10:20

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Blogger Pamela Jones announced today that she’ll be shutting down her tech-leaning legal blog “Groklaw” amidst concerns about government surveillance. What’s more, she also says she’ll be removing herself from the Internet as much as it is possible. Earlier this month, encrypted email services Lavabit and Silent Circle ended their operations after the former had a run-in with a secret US court, which presumably wanted...

2013-08-13 23:28:40

Cyber Security and digital asset manager Vir2us, Inc. says risks are big for government and critical infrastructure firms that are slow to implement next-generation cyber security solutions. San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) August 13, 2013 “The Snowden incident where, according to the New York Times (21Jun2013), a government intelligence worker was able to easily copy and disseminate large amounts of highly sensitive and classified data, highlights one of the fundamental problems of legacy...

Ex-Employer Tip Off Police Pressure Cooker Bomb Search
2013-08-02 10:16:33

Enid Burns for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online News broke Thursday afternoon that a New York family received a visit from six police investigators who were tipped off about internet searches for "pressure cooker" and "backpack." While initial reports suggested that the family was targeted for web searches in their home, it later surfaced that the husband's former employer reported the searches in question. The Catalano family of Long Island became the target of an investigation...

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