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Kim Zetter / The Intercept:
RAND study: 200 privately discovered zero-day flaws lasted an average of 6.9 years before public disclosure   —  A new report from Rand Corp. may help shed light on the government's arsenal of malicious software, including the size of its stockpile of so-called “zero days” …
Mar 13, 2017, 11:20 AMIn context
Sam Biddle / The Intercept:
Leaked documents show how Palantir's tools for analyzing big data, made with help from staffers of intelligence agencies, became integral to NSA, GCHQ, others   —  Donald Trump has inherited the most powerful machine for spying ever devised.  How this petty, vengeful man might wield and expand …
Feb 22, 2017, 1:15 PMIn context
Kim Zetter / The Intercept:
Lavabit email service, which shut down in 2013 to avoid court order connected to Snowden investigation, relaunches with features to thwart surveillance   —  In 2013, Ladar Levison, founder of the encrypted email service Lavabit, took the defiant step of shutting down the company's service rather …
Jan 20, 2017, 10:17 PMIn context
The Intercept:
Snowden doc from 2012 reveals NSA, GCHQ intercepted data from GSM mobile phones on flights, in regions covered by UK telco Inmarsat: Africa, Middle East, Europe   —  In the trove of documents provided by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden is a treasure.
Dec 7, 2016, 2:10 PMIn context
Kim Zetter / The Intercept:
Internet Archive and EFF fend off FBI national security letter that demanded records of an Internet Archive user and came with an everlasting gag order   —  A decade ago, the FBI sent Brewster Kahle, founder of the Internet Archive, a now-infamous type of subpoena known as a National Security Letter …
Dec 2, 2016, 9:30 AMIn context
Kim Zetter / The Intercept:
Report: iPhones send call history with phone numbers, dates, times, and duration to Apple's servers if iCloud is enabled; log is retained for up to four months   —  Apple emerged as a guardian of user privacy this year after fighting FBI demands to help crack into San Bernardino shooter Syed Rizwan Farook's iPhone.
Nov 17, 2016, 7:35 AMIn context
The Intercept:
Snowden docs shed light on NSA's BLARNEY initiative that leverages “commercial partnerships” for spying; AT&T has surveillance equipment in at least 59 US sites   —  They called it Project X. It was an unusually audacious, highly sensitive assignment: to build a massive skyscraper …
Nov 16, 2016, 4:35 PMIn context
Jenna McLaughlin / The Intercept:
Sources shed light on how Dubai-based surveillance firm DarkMatter is helping the UAE government track, locate, and hack its citizens   —  n July, Simone Margaritelli, an Italian security researcher, boarded a Boeing 777 in Rome headed for Dubai, a city now billing itself as a tech startup hub.
Oct 29, 2016, 7:05 AMIn context
Sam Biddle / The Intercept:
Government directive to Yahoo likely asked for warrantless scanning of all domestic comms; EFF lawyer says 4th Amendment implications are staggering   —  There's no good reason to have a Yahoo account these days.  But after Tuesday's bombshell report by Reuters, indicating the enormous …
Oct 4, 2016, 5:15 PMIn context
Sam Biddle / The Intercept:
Leaked document: Apple records some metadata related to whom you're trying to contact on iMessage, including your IP address, and stores it for 30 days   —  Apple promises that your iMessage conversations are safe and out of reach from anyone other than you and your friends.
Sep 28, 2016, 2:00 PMIn context

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