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The next level of NSA snooping will detect dissent via ubiquitous audio sensors Feds Deploy National Spy System of Microphones Capable of Recording Conversations Spy systems which can record real time conversations are already in place throughout many urban areas of the United States, as well as in the technology products we buy and use on a regular basis. These systems are no secret - they are hiding in plain view - and yet concerns about the monolithic potential for their abuse have been muted. ... full story

Britain 'snooped' on Icelandic officials' emails to recover cash from broken banks The UK authorities had very good access to everything that was going on between members of the team. It is the role of intelligence, for example MI5, to spy on other countries, especially if it concerns their national interests. Their duty was to gather information and intelligence about us, and the duty of the Icelandic government was to do everything to protect us against such espionage. ... full story

British intelligence reportedly intercepted LinkedIn and Slashdot traffic to plant malware Using a method called "quantum insert," the GCHQ was reportedly able to preempt legitimate access to the websites, redirecting the employees to fake sites that compromised their computers. Der Spiegel reports that the GCHQ and NSA were also able to infiltrate the Vienna headquarters of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC). ... full story

government demands that hardware and software firms build backdoors into their products The Dark Road from the Clipper Chip to PRISM Reveals 'Crypto Wars' Never Ended The NSA has "broadly compromised the guarantees that internet companies have given consumers to reassure them that their communications, online banking and medical records would be indecipherable to criminals or governments." ... full story

Sir Tim Berners-Lee called for a 'full and frank public debate' over internet surveillance Inventor of world wide web criticises NSA over privacy breaches  The inventor of the world wide web has criticised America's National Security Agency and its British counterpart GCHQ for weakening online security by breaking the encryptions that guard data privacy for millions of computer users around the world. ... full story

from the intelligent-intelligence-services dept Is There Any Alternative To The NSA's 'Take It All' Approach? At the moment, the only half-way serious attempt at justifying the NSA's "take it all" approach to surveillance is to claim that there is no alternative if we want intelligence agencies to spot and stop extreme threats like terrorism ... full story

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