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Homeland Security agent seizes notes from a reporter who wrote critical stories | The Verge

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The Washington Times is preparing a lawsuit after federal agents raided the Maryland home of award-winning investigative reporter Audrey Hudson and confiscated her notes.

The agents had a warrant, but it was for unregistered firearms suspected of belonging to her husband. Only after they left did Hudson realize that some of her notes, which included interviews with confidential sources, were missing. The notes pertained to her reporting on problems within the Department of Homeland Security\’s federal air marshal service.

During the raid, a Homeland Security agent asked Hudson if she was the reporter who had written the air marshal stories for the Times.

via Homeland Security agent seizes notes from a reporter who wrote critical stories | The Verge.

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October 28, 2013 at 1:03 am

CISPA is back – Imgur

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CISPA is the bill that undermines Internet privacy in the name of vague “cyber threats.” Learn more and contact your legislators now: https://eff.org/r.2bJf

via CISPA is back – Imgur.

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March 31, 2013 at 10:35 am

Devil’s Advocate convicted in London of being fake lawyer | Reuters

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An Italian man known as the “Devil’s Advocate” who said he provided legal representation to the likes of former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein, was not a genuine lawyer but a fraudster, a jury at a London court ruled on Wednesday.

Giovanni Di Stefano, 57, conned clients out of large sums of money by setting himself up as a lawyer when he had no legal qualifications and was not registered to work as a lawyer in Italy or Britain.

During the trial, the court heard Di Stefano had links to Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe, al Qaeda founder Osama bin Laden, late Serbian strongman Slobodan Milosevic and Saddam.

The court was shown a BBC documentary from 2004 in which he described Saddam as a “nice guy” and boasted of being asked to defend a number of notorious British killers such as Harold Shipman, the family doctor who murdered about 250 patients.

via Devil’s Advocate convicted in London of being fake lawyer | Reuters.

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March 28, 2013 at 3:58 pm

Phone and email records to be stored in new spy plan – Telegraph

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Landline and mobile phone companies and broadband providers will be ordered to store the data for a year and make it available to the security services under the scheme.

The databases would not record the contents of calls, texts or emails but the numbers or email addresses of who they are sent and received by.

For the first time, the security services will have widespread access to information about who has been communicating with each other on social networking sites such as Facebook.

Direct messages between subscribers to websites such as Twitter would also be stored, as well as communications between players in online video games.

The Home Office is understood to have begun negotiations with internet companies in the last two months over the plan, which could be officially announced as early as May.

It is certain to cause controversy over civil liberties – but also raise concerns over the security of the records.

Access to such information would be highly prized by hackers and could be exploited to send spam email and texts. Details of which websites people visit could also be exploited for commercial gain.

The plan has been drawn up on the advice of MI5, the home security service, MI6, which operates abroad, and GCHQ, the Government’s “listening post” responsible for monitoring communications.

Rather than the Government holding the information centrally, companies including BT, Sky, Virgin Media, Vodafone and O2 would have to keep the records themselves.

Under the scheme the security services would be granted “real time” access to phone and internet records of people they want to put under surveillance, as well as the ability to reconstruct their movements through the information stored in the databases.

via Phone and email records to be stored in new spy plan – Telegraph.

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April 1, 2012 at 10:06 am

The CIA wants to spy on you through your TV: Agency director says net-connected gadgets will ‘transform’ surveillance | Mail Online

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When people download a film from Netflix to a flatscreen, or turn on web radio, they could be alerting unwanted watchers to exactly what they are doing and where they are.

Spies will no longer have to plant bugs in your home – the rise of ‘connected’ gadgets controlled by apps will mean that people ‘bug’ their own homes, says CIA director David Petraeus.

The CIA claims it will be able to ‘read’ these devices via the internet – and perhaps even via radio waves from outside the home.

via The CIA wants to spy on you through your TV: Agency director says net-connected gadgets will ‘transform’ surveillance | Mail Online.

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March 24, 2012 at 10:15 am

fbidentified comments on 25 alleged Anonymous members arrested internationally; hacker group retaliates

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Back in high school my AP History teacher began a rant on the new freedom of information act, and explained that if anyone cared enough you could send an old fashion letter to the FBI, and they had to give up all information they knew about you (or would tell you). We convinced him to do it as a class project, and all twenty students wrote well thought out letters to our FBI.

About two months go by, and we have all figured the government just ignored us, then a large box from USPS shows up, and my teacher opens it to find our returned letters of information!

My letter began as normal, “Thank you for your time and consideration to sending us this letter to receive your information…”

Then began my list of cyber crimes, starting with “KNOWN ASSOCIATE OF HACKER GROUP ANONYMOUS.” I may still have the letter lying around somewhere, but I felt proud that my three and a half page list of silly cyber crimes was the longest letter anyone got, the administration wouldn’t allow the teacher to do it anymore after we did.

Other fun notes included,

Copyright Theft – TPB downloads

DDOS

CP Watchlist (4chan)

“Threat to cyber identity”

via fbidentified comments on 25 alleged Anonymous members arrested internationally; hacker group retaliates.

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February 29, 2012 at 8:47 pm

Five ways the world could end – Yahoo!

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With a year packed full of strong solar flares affecting communications, future volcanic predictions and giant asteroids passing dangerously close to Earth, what kind of cataclysmic events are most likely to push humans to the brink of extinction? We look at some of the most popular doomsday theories and examine whether these five natural phenomena could end the world as we know it – or whether they are just pure science fiction.

via Five ways the world could end – Yahoo!.

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January 1, 2012 at 9:54 pm

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