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Business ‘Largest hack’ in Chinese history has Beijing stumped

A massive section of the Chinese Internet was knocked out Sunday in what authorities are calling the “largest hack in China’s history.” The attack has security experts at a loss and unable to determine the…

Business Spying Scandal Engulfs Other U.S. Agencies

Earlier this month, Reuters revealed that a special division within the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has been using intelligence intercepts, wiretaps, informants and a mass database of telephone records to secretly identify targets for…

Business ‘Climate of Islamophobia’: Two attackers rip veil off French girl

A 16-year old girl was attacked in Paris suburb and had the Islamic veil she was wearing torn from her face. As anti-Islamic attacks in France soar, a French Muslim leader condemned the ‘climate of…

Business Cameron wants internet ban on sexual propaganda – let’s boycott the UK!

UK Prime Minister David Cameron wants to ban sexual propaganda aimed at minors from the internet. Should we boycott Madame Tussaud’s, the London Eye…heck all of London? Why not boycott the UK entirely? Cameron says…

Business Damage control? NSA claims only touch 1.6% of internet traffic

The NSA has alleged it monitors only 1.6 percent of web traffic, contradicting claims of a sweeping spy network. A report released by the White House justifies NSA snooping as essential for national security, but…

Business Mega to run ‘cutting-edge’ encrypted email after Lavabit’s ‘privacy seppuku’

Kim Dotcom’s Mega.co.nz is working on a highly-secure email service to run on a non-US-based server. It comes as the US squeezes email providers that offer encryption and Mega’s CEO calls Lavabit’s shutdown an “honorable…

Business Russia among countries atop NSA surveillance priority list

Russia, alongside the EU, China and Iran, are on top of the NSA’s spying priority list, according to a document leaked by fugitive Edward Snowden and published by Der Spiegel weekly. In the classified document,…

Business Court officially declares Bitcoin a real currency

A federal judge has for the first time ruled that Bitcoin is a legitimate currency, opening up the possibility for the digital crypto-cash to soon be regulated by governmental overseers. United States Magistrate Judge Amos…

Business The Rise Of The Bear: 18 Signs That Russia Is Rapidly Catching Up To The United States

The Russian Bear is stronger and more powerful than it has ever been before.  Sadly, most Americans don’t understand this.  They still think of Russia as an “ex-superpower” that was rendered almost irrelevant when the…

Business NSA head: Replace would-be Snowdens with computers to stop future leaks

The director of the NSA announced that the secretive intelligence agency plans to prevent future security breaches by replacing the position once held by whistleblower and former NSA contractor Edward Snowden with computers. The National…

Business Kremlin ‘disappointed’ Obama called off Putin talks, decision is ‘Snowden-related’

By calling off Obama’s visit to Moscow, the US has shown it is not ready to build relations on an equal footing, the Kremlin says. The Snowden situation, on which the decision was based, is…

Business NYPD agrees to purge database of people stopped by police

The New York City Police Department has agreed to purge a database of names and addresses of people stopped by police under the NYPD’s controversial stop-and-frisk program but later cleared of criminal wrongdoing. The department…

Business US Government War On Hackers Backfires: Now Top Hackers Won’t Work With US Government

Techdirt has noted the increasing demonization of hackers (not to be confused with crackers that break into systems for criminal purposes), for example by trying to add an extra layer of punishment on other crimes…

Business A Colorado Town Is Holding a Special Vote on Whether to Shoot Down Drones

A small town in Colorado is going to have a town-wide vote on whether to issue hunting licenses for drones—with $100 rewards for shooting down drones and bringing in “identifiable parts of an unmanned aerial vehicle…

Business Anyone Can Track Your Driving Patterns in Seattle. Here’s Proof

Kurt gets out of prison, and begins looking for the ex-wife who sent him there. She’s changed her address, changed her phone number, and doesn’t work in the same place anymore. Partnered with the restraining…

Business Judge who accepted private-prison bribes to send black kids to jail sentenced to 28 years

In 2009, I wrote about Judge Mark A. Ciavarella, one of two Pennsylvania judges who was paid bribes by a private prison contractor to send black children to prison and keep the for-profit prisons full. Ciavarella, who…

Business DEA agents use NSA intercepts to investigate Americans

Agents of a secretive DEA unit routinely receive tips from US intelligence agencies, including NSA intercepts, a report states. The sources are then concealed with “parallel construction” of evidence – a troubling practice that many…

Business The FBI Can Remotely Activate The Microphone In Your Android Phone

Law-enforcement officials in the U.S. are expanding the use of tools routinely used by computer hackers to gather information on suspects, bringing the criminal wiretap into the cyber age. Federal agencies have largely kept quiet…

Business Scientists Are Scary Close To Controlling Our Memories And Brains With Computers

Computers that meddle with our thoughts, memories and brains might not be far off, The New York Times’ Nick Bilton reports. There are already thought-controlled gadgets and smart phone apps. But recently, a group of…

Business Germany scraps old surveillance pact with US, Britain over NSA leaks

Germany has dissolved a fifty-years-old surveillance pact with the United States and Britain in response to a “debate about protecting personal privacy” in the country, which was sparked by revelations of the former NSA contractor…

Business US embassies to remain closed over most serious al-Qaeda threat in years

The US extends its embassy closures through August 10, State Department has announced. The al-Qaeda threat that forced US and European embassies in the Middle East and North Africa to shut down is the most…

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