Hacking Online Polls and Other Ways British Spies Seek to Control the Internet

The Intercept, By Glenn Greenwald, July 14

The secretive British spy agency GCHQ has developed covert tools to seed the internet with false information, including the ability to manipulate the results of online polls, artificially inflate pageview counts on web sites, “amplif[y]” sanctioned messages on YouTube, and censor video content judged to be “extremist.” The [...]

FCC Web woes extend net neutrality deadline

Politico, By Brooks Boliek & Katy Bachman, July 15

The Federal Communications Commission could have used an Internet “fast lane” on Tuesday as a flood of net neutrality comments caused its website to sputter and forced the agency to extend its deadline for accepting public input on its controversial plan.

FCC officials hope the additional [...]

White House: racial slurs in NSA intelligence material ‘unacceptable’

FBI and NSA to review policy after leaked documents suggest training materials referred to targets using offensive language.

The Guardian, By Spencer Ackerman, July 9

The White House has instructed US security agencies to review their training and policy materials for racial or religious bias after documents leaked by Edward Snowden showed training material for [...]

Senate committee passes CISA cybersecurity bill that could broaden NSA powers

RT, July 8

New cybersecurity legislation cleared the Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday during a closed session. Critics fear it may broaden the NSA’s already formidable access to Americans’ data.

Written by Senate Intelligence Chair Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Senator Saxby Chambliss (R-GA), CISA – or Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act – is widely seen as [...]

Banks Dreading Computer Hacks Call for Cyber War Council

Bloomberg, By Carter Dougherty, July 8

Wall Street’s biggest trade group has proposed a government-industry cyber war council to stave off terrorist attacks that could trigger financial panic by temporarily wiping out account balances, according to an internal document.

The proposal by the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association, known as Sifma, calls for a [...]

In NSA-intercepted data, those not targeted far outnumber the foreigners who are

Files provided by Snowden show extent to which ordinary Web users are caught in the net

Washington Post, By Barton Gellman, Julie Tate & Ashkan Soltani, July 5

Ordinary Internet users, American and non-American alike, far outnumber legally targeted foreigners in the communications intercepted by the National Security Agency from U.S. digital networks, according [...]

Court gave NSA broad leeway in surveillance, documents show

Washington Post, By Ellen Nakashima and Barton Gellman, June 30

Virtually no foreign government is off-limits for the National Security Agency, which has been authorized to intercept information “concerning” all but four countries, according to top-secret documents.

The United States has long had broad no-spying arrangements with those four countries — Britain, Canada, Australia and [...]

Like a Circle In a Spiral

Actual antennae for Aereo

So Barry Diller’s latest venture, Aereo, has hit a major legal snag:

A two-year-long legal battle between the country’s biggest broadcasters and a startup called Aereo is about to culminate at the U.S. Supreme Court.

The court’s decision, expected sometime this summer, could have far-reaching implications for television and technology [...]

Possible hidden Latin warning about NSA in Truecrypt’s suicide note

BoingBoing, By Cory Doctorow, June 17

When the anonymous authors of the Truecrypt security tool mysteriously yanked their software last month, there was widespread suspicion that they had been ordered by the NSA to secretly compromise their software. A close look at the cryptic message they left behind suggests that they may have encoded a [...]

US pushing local cops to stay mum on surveillance

AP, By Jack Gillum & Eileen Sullivan, June 12

Washington — The Obama administration has been quietly advising local police not to disclose details about surveillance technology they are using to sweep up basic cellphone data from entire neighborhoods, The Associated Press has learned.

Citing security reasons, the U.S. has intervened in routine state public [...]

‘Unprecedented’ disappearance of aircraft from radar screens in Europe

The Independent, By James Legge, June 13

For almost half an hour, 13 aircraft vanished from air traffic controllers’ radar screens as they flew at high altitude above Europe, it has been revealed.

The “undprecedented” disappearances happened on 5 June and 10 June, hitting control rooms in Austria and neighbouring countries.

The relevant EU agencies [...]

Nuclear-waste facility on high alert over risk of new explosions

US repository scrambles to seal off barrels containing cat-litter buffer thought to be responsible for February accident.

Nature, By Declan Butler, May 27

Time bombs may be ticking at the United States’ only deep geological repository for nuclear waste. US authorities concluded last week that at least 368 drums of waste at the site could [...]

Greenwald’s Finale: Naming Victims of Surveillance

Real Clear Politics, By Toby Harnden, May 26

The man who helped bring about the most significant leak in American intelligence history is to reveal names of US citizens targeted by their own government in what he promises will be the “biggest” revelation from nearly 2m classified files.

Glenn Greenwald, the journalist who received the [...]

FCC Approves Net Neutrality Proposal Saying It Just Starts Rule Making Process

Deadline.com, By David Lieberman, May 15

In an unusually passionate meeting that included multiple disruptions from protesters, the FCC today approved Chairman Tom Wheeler’s delicately crafted proposed rule-making plan for net neutrality policy in a 3-2 vote on partisan lines. “What we’re dealing with today is a proposal, not a final rule,” he says adding [...]

Eyes Over Compton: How Police Spied on a Whole City

A sergeant in the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department compared the experiment to Big Brother, even though he went ahead with it willingly. Is your city next?

The Atlantic, By Conor Friedersdorf, April 21

This is the future if nothing is done to stop it.

In a secret test of mass surveillance technology, the Los Angeles [...]