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Hijacking Cellphones Isn’t Nearly As Hard as It Should Be

Hacking into cellphones, or staging a hostile takeover, doesn’t require a lot of fancy tricks or even that many steps, according to two experts who sounded the alarm Wednesday at a security conference in Las Vegas.

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Hacker ‘Weev’ Is Out of Jail, but His ‘Fight for Freedom’ Isn’t Over Yet

After spending over a year in a federal correctional institution, “Weev” Auernheimer’s conviction has been vacated by an appeals court. The U.S. government may try him again and critics of his prosecution hope Auernheimer’s plight will underscore the need to put an end to the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act.

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NSA Isn’t Alone: Secret Government Program Embeds AT&T Workers in Drug Squads

The federal government has been paying AT&T to place some of its workers on drug-investigation teams since 2007 to give police instant access to millions of private phone records without court-signed subpoenas. The Obama administration says it’s no big deal; the ACLU disagrees.

Posted on Sep 2, 2013 READ MORE



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How to Opt Out of AT&T’s Sale of Your Personal Information

Last week, AT&T quietly updated its privacy policy to include details about how it will begin to sell customers’ personal data to the highest bidder.

Posted on Jul 8, 2013 READ MORE



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T-Mobile to ‘Stop the Bullshit’

Not minding his corporate manners, the CEO of the nation’s fourth-largest carrier announced that his company plans to take much better care of its customers than any of its rivals.

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Companies Will Soon Be Able to Punish You for Illegal Downloads

Beginning this week, the five major Internet service providers—AT&T, Cablevision, Comcast, Time Warner Cable and Verizon—will be able to take recourse against you if you download—or are suspected of downloading—anything illegally.

Posted on Feb 26, 2013 READ MORE


Why Is America’s Internet So Slow?

“We’re stuck with ... old-fashioned technology,” Bill Moyers says, “because, as [communications law expert] Susan Crawford explains, our government has allowed a few giant conglomerates to rig the rules, raise prices and stifle competition. Just like Standard Oil in the first Gilded Age a century ago.”

Posted on Feb 14, 2013 READ MORE



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Privacy by Design

Nicholas Merrill is tired of waiting for Congress to protect Americans’ privacy online. So he plans to force the matter by changing the way telecommunication companies do business.

Posted on Jul 24, 2012 READ MORE


Senate Aims to Advance Government Surveillance Rules

The Senate is moving to renew the soon-to-expire 2008 amendments to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, which authorized the U.S. government to monitor American citizens’ emails and telephone calls without a warrant. Former National Security Agency Director William Binney has warned that its vast data mining program, which operates under the amendments, could “create an Orwellian state.”

Posted on May 24, 2012 READ MORE



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The Deadly Business of Climbing Cell Towers

Corporate giants have outsourced the dangerous work of building and maintaining communications towers to tiny subcontracting companies. Over the last nine years, nearly 100 workers have died, 50 of them on cell sites.

Posted on May 23, 2012 READ MORE



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7 States Back DOJ in Opposing AT&T Merger

Attorneys general from California, Illinois, Massachusetts, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Washington have all come out in support of the U.S. Department of Justice’s lawsuit to block AT&T from acquiring T-Mobile.

Posted on Sep 17, 2011 READ MORE



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Truthdigger of the Week: Lawrence Wilkerson

Former Vice President Dick Cheney launched his memoir this week, and on Tuesday, Lawrence Wilkerson, our Truthdigger of the Week, said he would be willing to testify in criminal court against Cheney should the opportunity ever arise.

Posted on Sep 2, 2011 READ MORE



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Justice Dept. Hangs Up on AT&T Deal for T-Mobile

The U.S. Justice Department sued Wednesday to prevent AT&T’s hoped-for merger with T-Mobile, a $39 billion deal that would create the largest telephone carrier in the country with almost 130 million subscribers. (more)

Posted on Aug 31, 2011 READ MORE



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What We Have Here Is a Failure to Compensate

At a time of record unemployment, American companies are increasingly exploiting the low-cost labor of 2.3 million Americans behind bars. This means fewer jobs available for free citizens, which leads to more unemployment, which produces more crime ... (more)

Posted on Jul 24, 2011 READ MORE


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