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Google to enlist NSA to help it ward off cyberattacks

Google to enlist NSA to help it ward off cyberattacks

Under an agreement that is still being finalized, the National Security Agency would help Google analyze a major corporate espionage attack that the firm said originated in China and targeted its computer networks, according to cybersecurity experts familiar with the matter. The objective is to better defend Google -- and its users -- from future [...]

Skype backdoor allows NSA to listen to your calls

Skype backdoor allows NSA to listen to your calls

Skype was pushed onto Apple's iPhone at the instigation of the VoIP app's corporate owner eBay, in order to reap huge sums from government listening agencies interested in spying on Jesus-mobe-toting terrorists. The revelations come from a disgruntled eBay insider familiar with the matter, known to Reg handlers only by the randomly-assigned [...]

HOWTO: Create a Secret Data Stash with a Fake Phonejack

HOWTO: Create a Secret Data Stash with a Fake Phonejack

While not as grandiose as having your own secret bookshelf door, constructing a hidden USB data stash won't take a whole weekend and involve a table saw. At the DIY website Instructables there is a step by step tutorial on hiding your data behind a phone jack plate. By wiring a USB cord to the phone plate and making a USB cord with a phone jack [...]

It’s not paranoia: they really are spying on you: Because they control your connection, they can keep track of everything you do online

It’s not paranoia: they really are spying on you: Because they control your connection, they can keep track of everything you do online

In 1993, the dawn of the Internet age, the liberating anonymity of the online world was captured in a well-known New Yorker cartoon. One dog, sitting at a computer, tells another: “On the Internet, nobody knows you’re a dog.” Fifteen years later, that anonymity is gone. It’s not paranoia: they really are spying on [...]

AlterNet: The End of Privacy

AlterNet: The End of Privacy

Honestly, I don't know how people still believe in a right to privacy over the web. The actual arteries of the net are based on land lines that are mostly owned and maintained by {gasp} Corporations! It's not like the wonderful feel good days when people dialed into their friendly neighborhood BBS to play LoRD. You can be traced, analyzed, and [...]

NIST encryption standard may have NSA backdoor

NIST encryption standard may have NSA backdoor

According to security experts, an algorithm for generating random numbers that is included in an official standard documented by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) could potentially include a backdoor planted by the NSA. In a recent blog entry, cryptographer Bruce Schneier describes research that was presented by his [...]