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NSA Building Computer to Break 'Nearly Every Kind of Encryption' [REPORT] - 0 views

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    "The agency has invested nearly $80 million to build a computer that could break "nearly every kind of encryption," according to a Washington Post report published online Thursday. Based on documents provided by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, the Post reports the NSA is racing to build a "cryptologically useful quantum computer" research program called "Penetrating Hard Targets.""
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NSA facial recognition: combining national ID cards, Internet intercepts, and commercial facial databases for millions of people - Boing Boing - 0 views

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    "A newly released set of slides from the Snowden leaks reveals that the NSA is harvesting millions of facial images from the Web for use in facial recognition algorithms through a program called "Identity Intelligence." James Risen and Laura Poitras's NYT piece shows that the NSA is linking these facial images with other biometrics, identity data, and "behavioral" data including "travel, financial, behaviors, social network." "
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'Boundless Informant' Is a Secret NSA Tool to Data-Mine the World - 0 views

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    "The NSA has a tool that records and analyzes all the flow of data that the spy agency collects around the world. Think of it as a global data-mining software that details exactly how much intelligence, and of what type, has been collected from every country in the world. It's aptly called "Boundless Informant." "
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XKeyscore: NSA tool collects 'nearly everything a user does on the internet' | World news | theguardian.com - 0 views

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    "The NSA boasts in training materials that the program, called XKeyscore, is its "widest-reaching" system for developing intelligence from the internet."
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Tomorrow's Surveillance: Four Technologies The NSA Will Use to Spy on You - Soon - 0 views

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    "The NSA's plans don't end with collecting your phone records. Here are just a few of the ways the National Security Agency (NSA) will be keeping tabs on you in the world of tomorrow. Prepare to be shocked, amazed, and a little freaked out."
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How the NSA searches the world's intercepted private communications - Boing Boing - 0 views

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    "XKEYSCORE is a secret NSA program that indexes data slurped up from covert fiber-taps, hacked systems, and smartphones, including "full take" data and metadata. "
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NSA trove shows 9:1 ratio of innocents to suspicious people in "targeted surveillance" - Boing Boing - 0 views

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    "The NSA uses laughably sloppy tools for deciding whether a target is a "US person" (a person in the USA, or an American citizen abroad). For example, people whose address books contain foreign persons are presumed by some analysts to be foreign. Likewise, people who post in "foreign" languages (the US has no official state language) are presumed by some analysts to be non-US persons."
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NSA intimidation expanding surveillance state: Column - 0 views

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    "There it is. If you run a business, and the FBI or NSA want to turn it into a mass surveillance tool, they believe they can do so, solely on their own initiative. They can force you to modify your system. They can do it all in secret and then force your business to keep that secret. Once they do that, you no longer control that part of your business. You can't shut it down. You can't terminate part of your service. In a very real sense, it is not your business anymore. It is an arm of the vast U.S. surveillance apparatus, and if your interest conflicts with theirs then they win. Your business has been commandeered."
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How the NSA plans to automatically infect "millions" of computers with spyware - Boing Boing - 0 views

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    "But TURBINE, which was carried out with other "Five Eyes" spy agencies as part of the NSA's $67.6M "Owning the Net" plan, is intended to automate the infection process, allowing for "millions" of infections at once. "
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NSA and GCHQ target Tor network that protects anonymity of web users | World news | The Guardian - 0 views

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    "The National Security Agency has made repeated attempts to develop attacks against people using Tor, a popular tool designed to protect online anonymity, despite the fact the software is primarily funded and promoted by the US government itself."
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Snowden asks Putin about surveillance in Russia on televised call-in show (video) - Boing Boing - 0 views

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    ""I'd like to ask you," NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden asked Russian leader Vladimir Putin on a televised call-in show, "does Russia intercept, store or analyze in any way the communications of millions of individuals?" Putin, a former KGB agent and head of Russia's intelligence service, spoke about what they had in common: spycraft. "
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NSA surveillance: don't underestimate the extraordinary power of metadata | Technology | The Observer - 0 views

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    "President Obama has reassured US citizens that 'nobody is listening to your calls', but it's not the content of conversations that intelligence agencies crave"
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NSA leak reveal plans to subvert mobile network security around the world - Boing Boing - 0 views

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    "The NSA's AURORAGOLD program -- revealed in newly released Snowden docs -- used plundered internal emails to compromise nearly every mobile carrier in the world, and show that the agency had planned to introduce vulnerabilities into future improvements into mobile security. "
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UK gathering secret intelligence via covert NSA operation | Technology | guardian.co.uk - 0 views

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    "UK's electronic eavesdropping and security agency, GCHQ, has been secretly gathering intelligence from the world's biggest internet companies through a covertly run operation set up by America's top spy agency, documents obtained by the Guardian reveal."
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Internet anonymity is the height of chic | Technology | The Guardian - 0 views

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    "In this age of information overload, internet exhibitionism and NSA snooping, is it possible to make yourself unGoogleable? And does it earn you added credibility, as fashion designer Phoebe Philo and bands such as !!! suggest?"
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Optic Nerve: millions of Yahoo webcam images intercepted by GCHQ | World news | The Guardian - 0 views

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    "* 1.8m users targeted by UK agency in six-month period alone * Optic Nerve program collected Yahoo webcam images in bulk * Yahoo: 'A whole new level of violation of our users' privacy'"
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