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NSA Surveillance Continues to Grow According to New Transparency Report

  The Office of the Director of National Intelligence released a statistical transparency report on their mass surveillance operations during 2017. The transparency report is required under the 2015 Uniting and Strengthening America by Fulfilling Rights and Ending Eavesdropping, Dragnet-collection and Online Monitoring Act (USA FREEDOM Act) and last years FISA Amendments Reauthorization Act. The USA FREEDOM Act was passed ... Read More »

Amazon Demands Signal Stop Using Anti-Censorship Technique on Their Content Delivery Network

For over a year and a half countries such as China, Cuba, Egypt, Guyana, Kuwait, Malaysia, Oman, Paraguay, Qatar, Syria, Turkey, and the United Arab Emirates have blocked people from using Signal, a mobile communications app for sending encrypted texts and making encrypted phone calls. This encrypted communications app is available on the mobile operating systems Google Android and Apple ... Read More »

Snowden Documents Reveal the NSA Has Been Tracking Bitcoin Users Since at Least 2013

A series of documents recently published by The Intercept shows that the NSA has been tracking Bitcoin users for years. The documents were provided by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden. While many other federal agencies are paying private contractors, such as Chainalysis, to provide information on Bitcoin transactions and users, the US intelligence community has been running their own cryptocurrency surveillance ... Read More »

Feds Prosecute Staff of Encrypted Phone Company

Police have arrested and filed criminal charges against the CEO of a Canadian company that sold security hardened Blackberry and Samsung cell phones that were modified to protect privacy through the use of message encryption and the removal of unnecessary and potentially vulnerable hardware. Four others involved in operating the company are currently wanted by police, but have yet to ... Read More »

Trump Administration to Propose New Policy of Executing Opioid Dealers

Recently President Donald Trump said his administration plans to introduce a policy proposal in the near future that would call for the execution of people convicted of dealing large amounts of fentanyl and fentanyl analogs. The state sanctioned murder of non-violent people who deal strong opioids would be likely to have no effect on stopping the drug trade, but it ... Read More »

Nearly All Zcash and Zclassic Transactions Are Not Private

A clueless Bill Gates recently said that “The main feature of cryptocurrencies is their anonymity.” In reality most cryptocurrencies are not very anonymous at all. Even most of the so-called privacy coins aren’t very private. While cryptocurrencies with a public blockchain, like Bitcoin, can be made somewhat more private by using services like Bitcoin mixers, also known as tumblers, they ... Read More »

The NSA Helps Norway Conduct Illegal Mass Surveillance

A top secret satellite listening post in Norway that has been, and continues to be, supported by the United States’ National Security Agency (NSA) is helping to conduct illegal mass surveillance programs. The Norwegian Intelligence Service constructed the secret satellite surveillance station on an old military base in 2000. The base is known by the codename VICTORY GARDEN, and it ... Read More »

Federal Government Agents Buy Stalkerware

A spyware company called Mobistealth was revealed to be selling its products and services to several agencies of the American government, according to information released by a hacker who infiltrated Mobistealth’s servers. Mobistealth markets their cell phone surveillance and computer surveillance products to parents as a way to enable parental controls, as well as to businesses to monitor employee use ... Read More »

Vietnam Legislators Propose Bill to Further Censor the Internet

In Vietnam a so-called “cybersecurity” bill, which is nothing more than a piece of legislation designed to further censor the internet within the country, was made public in June of last year. The legislation in the country’s unicameral legislative body, known as the National Assembly, is expected to be voted on sometime during the summer legislative session later this year. ... Read More »

Facebook’s VPN is Predictably Bad for User Privacy

Users of the Facebook app on Apple’s iPhones may have recently noticed a protect button appear on the app. The protect button on the new Facebook app for iOS asks users to download the Virtual Private Network (VPN) app called Onavo Protect. In 2013, Facebook bought Onavo, a mobile analytics corporation based out of Tel Aviv, Israel, for $200 million. ... Read More »

Monero Fork MoneroV Could Harm User Privacy

A hard fork of the privacy-centric cryptocurrency Monero (XMR) could essentially be a trap to erode the privacy of Monero users. The hard fork of Monero, called MoneroV (XMV), is set to split from the Monero blockchain just a couple of weeks into the month of March. Users of the original Monero will receive the 10 times the balance they ... Read More »

Operation Shadow Web Carding Forum Investigation Results in 36 Arrests

The United States Department of Justice recently announced that 36 individuals involved with a carding forum known as Infraud were charged as the result of an international law enforcement investigation called Operation Shadow Web. Law enforcement agencies in the United States which were part of Operation Shadow Web include the Department of Justice, the Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and ... Read More »

Hotspot Shield VPN is Leaking Users Data and Location

A security researcher has found that one of the world’s largest Virtual Private Network (VPN) providers is leaking users private information. Hotspot Shield, which has been downloaded over half a billion times and has been in operation for over a decade, has a bug which can reveal what country a user is located in, as well as leak the name ... Read More »

UK’s Investigatory Powers Act Ruled Unlawful by Court

A United Kingdom law known as the Investigatory Powers Act, which authorizes mass surveillance, was recently ruled to be unlawful by the Court of Appeals in London. The Investigatory Powers Act is popularly known as the Snoopers Charter. The ruling from the three judge panel strikes down much of the Snoopers Charter. The challenge to the British mass surveillance law ... Read More »