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Apple execs deny company helps NSA monitor iPhone users

Apple executives have denied granting the US National Security Agency a so-called “backdoor” that allowed the intelligence monolith to surveil the company’s popular mobile devices.The denial was prompted by a report this week in the German  newspaper Der Spiegel which revealed that the NSA uses software  known as DROPOUT JEEP to monitor an iPhone user’s files, text  messages, contact lists, and location data. The technology was  also capable of using the iPhone’s camera and even its  microphone.

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Not Socially Acceptable: NSA boss video ‘most hated’ on YouTube in 2013?

A YouTube video in which NSA boss Keith Alexander tries “to set the record straight” on the agency’s spying antics has nosedived. The half-hour interview triggered a wave of criticism from users, branding it the “most hated” video on YouTube.

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‘I already won’: Snowden is helping the NSA though it brands him a traitor

Edward Snowden has said he feels satisfied and a winner despite the espionage charges confronting him. Denying claims he is a traitor, Snowden said he is working to improve the NSA, something that US spy chiefs do not realize.

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Clapper reveals Bush-era docs showing NSA spying dragnet started 2001

Obama’s Director for National Intelligence, James Clapper, has declassified new documents that reveal how the NSA was first given the green light to start collecting bulk communication data in the hunt for Al-Qaeda terrorists after 9/11.

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Eyes everywhere: NSA’s second tier spying partners identified

Denmark, Belgium, the Netherlands and several other EU countries were named among “third party partners” in the NSA-led global signal intelligence program, a new leak submitted by journalist Glenn Greenwald to Danish TV reveals.

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NSA confidence shaken since Snowden leaks began – report

Morale at the US National Security Agency has plummeted since the Edward Snowden leak made international headlines and inspired an ongoing wave of criticism against the intelligence agency – news that coincides with the publication of more NSA documents.

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Suspicious of NSA spying, Microsoft moves to encrypt Internet traffic – report

Microsoft is moving to encrypt its Internet traffic based on assumptions the National Security Agency has broken into its internal global communications systems as it did with Google and Yahoo, according to sources familiar with the plans.

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US, UK officials worry Snowden still has ‘doomsday’ collection of classified material

US and British intelligence officials say they are concerned about a “doomsday” collection of highly classified, heavily encrypted materials they believe former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden may have stored away.

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US govt intel researchers to ‘radically expand’ facial recognition capabilities

surveillance-camera_siThe United States intelligence community’s research arm is set to launch a program that will thoroughly broaden the capabilities of biometric facial recognition software in order to establish an individual’s identity.

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GCHQ spoofed LinkedIn site to target global mobile traffic exchange and OPEC – report

gchq-spying-linkedin-belgium_siThe UK’s electronic spying agency has been using a spoof version of LinkedIn professional social network’s website to target global roaming data exchange companies as well as senior management in the OPEC oil cartel, according to a Der Spiegel report.

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Grocery store ‘smart shelves’ will target consumers in real-time based on their facial features

48smart-shelves-store-sensors_siGoing to the grocery store is about to get a lot more personal: one of the biggest names in food is preparing to launch “smart shelves” to gather intelligence on consumers and customize their shopping experience.

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Lavabit appeals government order to divulge its private keys

lavabit-appeals-government-order_siLavabit, the secure email provider used by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, has filed its first brief in what is considered a landmark privacy case, revealing more details of its resisting an aggressive government investigation.

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Obama blasted for cracking down on free press

cpj-report-on-obama_siA letter to the White House, a laundry list of recommendations for the president and a 29-page report about the administration’s assault on free press are all compiled in the latest offering from the Center to Protect Journalists.

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Tor anonymizer network among NSA’s targets, Snowden leaks reveal

nsa-target-tor-network_siTop-secret national security documents disclosed to the Guardian by Edward Snowden show United States and British intelligence have long attempted to crack the Tor anonymizer network used by human rights workers, journalists, cybercriminals and others.

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NSA chief admits govt collected cellphone location data

rtx13z4q_siThe director of the National Security Agency admitted this week that the NSA tested a program that collected cellphone location data from American citizens starting in 2010, but suspended it shortly after.

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Snowden’s email service Lavabit consistently denied US govt access despite intimidation

2013-10-03_04_40_08_siThe Federal Bureau of Investigation secretly obtained a court order compelling Lavabit, the email service used by National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden, to hand over its private SSL key, thereby allowing the FBI to monitor Lavabit’s users.

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