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Intelligence Agency Targets Public Opinion With Polls, Likes, Hits and Other Social Tricks

According to a new report based on Edward Snowden leaks by the Intercept’s Glenn Greenwald, Britain’s GCHQ has developed a library of tools that allow the agency to aggressively manipulate the public.

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Tech Companies Boost Their Efforts to Stave Off Spy Agencies

Tech companies are in a new race to make it harder for spy agencies around the world, such as the NSA in the U.S., to access their customers’ data.

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NSA Row Sparks Rush for Encrypted Email

A new push to encrypt email, keeping messages free from government snooping, is gaining momentum.

Posted on May 18, 2014 READ MORE



Apple Mobile Devices at Risk of Hacking

A major flaw in Apple software for phones, tablets and music players could allow hackers to intercept email and other exchanges that are meant to be protected, the company announced.

Posted on Feb 23, 2014 READ MORE



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Dark Mail Aims to Restore Privacy in the NSA Age

The founder of Lavabit, the secure email service provider that shut down rather than betray its customers—including Edward Snowden—to the U.S. government, is back with a new idea for private email.

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NSA Harvests Millions of Personal Online Contact Lists

In an astoundingly broad sweep, the National Security Agency has been collecting personal online contact lists from tens of millions of Americans through instant message log-in systems, such as Facebook. And it has evaded legal proscriptions on domestic spying by collecting the data from offshore collection points, The Washington Post reports.

Posted on Oct 15, 2013 READ MORE



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Google Sends Clear Message: There’s No Privacy on Gmail

In response to a lawsuit against it, the information giant acknowledged that no one using Gmail or emailing a Gmail account holder should expect the content of his or her correspondence to remain exclusive.

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NSA Loophole Permits Warrantless Invasion of Americans’ Privacy

Top secret documents passed to The Guardian by Edward Snowden show the National Security Agency has a “secret backdoor” into its databases that allows its agents to search U.S. citizens’ email and phone calls without a warrant or other oversight.

Posted on Aug 9, 2013 READ MORE



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Leak: NSA Has Backdoor Access to Google, Apple, Microsoft and More

A career intelligence officer has leaked the existence of a top secret program called PRISM, which gives the government direct access to files, including photos, e-mails and video chats, hosted by the biggest technology companies.

Posted on Jun 6, 2013 READ MORE



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Truthdigger of the Week: Electronic Frontier Foundation

As the larger part of American culture seems ready to surrender its claim to privacy without question, organizations such as the Electronic Frontier Foundation are riding like Paul Revere through the digital Massachusetts night.

Posted on Dec 29, 2012 READ MORE


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Montana Judge Caught Up in Racist Email Controversy

It’s an election year, and that means it’s time for the ugliest sides of humanity to come trotting out, and not just in candidates’ debates and ads or on Fox News. Thanks to the Interwebs, we now can also look forward to hearing about some less-than-noble sentiments shared in forwarded emails.

Posted on Mar 1, 2012 READ MORE



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Missouri Outlaws Student-Teacher Facebook Friendship

The state-sponsored war on intimacy, fellowship and private contact continues in Missouri, where Gov. Jay Nixon just signed into law a bill forbidding any direct social networking contact between students and teachers. (more)

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Palin’s Gubernatorial Emails Unleashed in Alaska

In response to Freedom of Information Act requests made by the elite liberal media, the world is now privy to reams, literally, of emails written by then-Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin during her truncated tenure in office. Let’s give them a look, shall we?

Posted on Jun 10, 2011 READ MORE



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Chinese Hackers Bust Into U.S. Gmail Accounts

The Google email accounts of hundreds of American journalists and government and military officials were successfully raided as part of a spear-phishing operation conducted by Chinese hackers who tricked their targets into signing in on a decoy login page.

Posted on Jun 1, 2011 READ MORE



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Death of a Spam Network

Rustock, the world’s largest spam e-mail network, has been disabled by a coordinated action between Microsoft and the FBI, effectively reducing worldwide spam by up to a whopping 39 percent.

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Multitasking Our Way to Distraction

What do we stand to gain from all our gadgetry in this, our wired (not to mention wireless) era? Improved manual dexterity and hand-eye coordination? The ability to soundly defeat pixelated alien hordes via video games?

Posted on Jun 7, 2010 READ MORE



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Palin E-Mail Hacker Could Get 50 Years Behind Bars

Remember that guy who allegedly broke into Sarah Palin’s Yahoo e-mail account back in 2008? Well, it turns out he’s in federal court in Knoxville, Tenn., facing 50 years in the slammer if convicted of the criminal charges.

Posted on Apr 24, 2010 READ MORE


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National Minuteman Group Disbanding After Its Leader’s Angry E-Mail

After sending an e-mail on March 16 telling members of the Minuteman Civil Defense Corps to come “locked, loaded and ready” to Arizona’s border with Mexico, group President Carmen Mercer discovered that some from the radical anti-immigration group’s ranks ... (continued)

Posted on Mar 29, 2010 READ MORE



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Internet Fraud Losses Doubled in 2009

From Nigerian “millionaire” plans to “FBI agent” schemes, millions of dollars have been lost to scams on the Internet. Last year saw reported losses from Internet fraud more than double, rising from $264.6 million in 2008 to $559.7 million in 2009.

Posted on Mar 13, 2010 READ MORE



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Google Working on Gmail’s Social Skills

Google has been pretty successful at just about everything its engineers have attempted, with the glaring exception of social media. Still getting trounced by Facebook and losing buzzshare to upstarts like Twitter and Foursquare, the company plans to get aggressive, starting with new social features in Gmail. (continued)

Posted on Feb 8, 2010 READ MORE


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22 Million Bush-Era E-Mails Found

How exactly does an administration lose millions of e-mails? However it happened, 22 million Bush-era White House e-mails have been recovered, and more may be found. The content, however, probably won’t be made public for years.

Posted on Dec 14, 2009 READ MORE


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U.N. to Investigate Climate E-Mail Controversy

The apparently deliberately timed release of leaked e-mails stolen from climate scientists at the University of East Anglia has created problems for the global warming cause just as world leaders are preparing to convene at the Copenhagen climate change summit, and now the United Nations is launching its own investigation into the incident.

Posted on Dec 4, 2009 READ MORE


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‘Death Panel’ Déjà Vu

Public memory often has a short shelf life, and it doesn’t preclude the potential for rapid recycling, according to The New York Times’ take on the current “death panel” controversy, considering that a prototypical version of this particular argument made the rounds during the (Internet-enabled) Clinton era.

Posted on Aug 14, 2009 READ MORE



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Obama’s E-Mail Dilemma

The president-elect is a notorious gadget hound who has been known to carry multiple cell phones, but he faces a looming downgrade. Because the public has a right to presidential records, Barack Obama will probably give up his precious Blackberry—and quit e-mailing altogether. However, he is likely to be the first president with a laptop on his desk.

Posted on Nov 17, 2008 READ MORE


Obama ‘Madrassa’ Rumor-Monger Wanted to ‘Exterminate Jew Power in America’

So, everyone has a relative, or perhaps a neighbor, who has spread warnings in hushed tones about Barack Obama’s years of secret indoctrination at a Muslim madrassa (gasp!) in Indonesia—as though affiliating with a Muslim community of any description is cause for concern—a rumor that has been disproved many times. Here’s a fun look into the origin of the chain e-mail that started that particular smear.

Posted on Oct 14, 2008 READ MORE



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Palin’s Hacked E-Mail Gets a ‘G’ Rating

Anonymous, an Internet-based group best known for pranking and protesting the Church of Scientology, apparently hacked Sarah Palin’s Yahoo Mail account and posted images of her inbox and correspondence on the Web. The McCain campaign condemned the “shocking invasion,” which turned up nothing of substantial juiciness.

Posted on Sep 17, 2008 READ MORE



EPA Tells Agency’s Enforcers to Zip It

According to an internal e-mail obtained by the AP, the chief of staff of the EPA’s enforcement wing has issued a gag order, telling staffers in June exactly what to do should a reporter, the inspector general or the Government Accountability Office call: “Please do not respond to questions or make any statements.”

Posted on Jul 29, 2008 READ MORE


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Clinton Signals Defeat to Supporters

Inching closer to concession, Hillary Clinton shifted gears on Thursday, taking a different tone in an e-mail to her allies and readying them to back her rival for the top spot on the Democratic presidential ticket, Barack Obama. However, she will still wait until Saturday to make any kind of formal announcement about her status in the race.

Posted on Jun 5, 2008 READ MORE


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WGA Strikers to Return to the Table Nov. 26

An end may be in sight for striking television and film writers and their studio bosses if negotiations, now set to resume Nov. 26, are effective.  However, WGA West President Patric Verrone cautioned union members to stand their ground in an e-mail titled “Don’t Break Out the Champagne Just Yet.”

Posted on Nov 17, 2007 READ MORE


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BlackBerry Addicts Get the Night Sweats

There’s a reason why it’s nicknamed CrackBerry.  North American BlackBerry users were dismayed Tuesday night by an overnight shutdown of the company’s wireless e-mail service that left them bereft of their fix—and forced them to communicate in passé ways.

Posted on Apr 18, 2007 READ MORE


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White House Plays Hide-and-Seek With RNC E-Mails

Patrick Leahy, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, balked at the White House’s suggestion that several e-mails related to the U.S. attorneys scandal have been deleted. As many as 50 White House employees have used Republican National Committee e-mail accounts, possibly to conceal communications.

Posted on Apr 13, 2007 READ MORE


New York Times Roundup

The Gray Lady publishes a slew of important and underreported stories its Saturday edition:

  • Two federal courts strike down the Partial Birth Abortion Act because it doesn’t have an exception for the life of the mother.
  • Yahoo and AOL are going to introduce digital postage stamps that companies can buy to ensure delivery of their e-mail.
  • Most Internet users have no idea how easy it is for courts to get ahold of their personal information.
  • The personal savings rate of Americans falls below zero for the first time since the Great Depression.
  • Now James Frey’s editor says that he, too, was fooled by the fabricating fabulist.

  • Posted on Feb 4, 2006 READ MORE


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