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How the NSA Targets Tor Users | Motherboard

In the latest NSA leak, published on the German site Tagesschau yesterday, we’re able to glean more about how one of the intelligence agency’s surveillance systems actually works. The “XKeyscore” system, first revealed by the Guardian in July 2013, allows NSA analysts an overview of millions of people’s data: emails, browsing history and social media activity, all stored in databases and accessible without prior authorisation. Conceptually, that’s a very powerful tool. Now an investigation led by Jacob Appelbaum, a security researcher and a member of the team behind the anonymous Tor browser, looks at portions of the source code that dictate what else the system is capable of. The full details, published on German site Das Erste, are dense and well worth …

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A Hacker Artist Sent the NSA an Encrypted, Theoretically Uncrackable Mixtape

In late May, hacker artist David Huerta, co-organizer of Art Hack Day and Cryptoparty, sent the NSA one hell of a snail mail. Huerta built a DIY encrypted mixtape using an Arduino board and a transparent acrylic case, containing a “soundtrack for the modern surveillance state.” It’s a mixtape the NSA won’t be able to listen to because of the power of private key-based cryptography. Originally, Huerta wanted to make a traditional mixtape and share it with friends and co-workers. But, without a cassette recorder, he didn’t get very far. That’s when his DIY hacker artist instincts kicked in, and he started building the encrypted mixtape at NYC Resistor. “I made my own version of a mixtape with an Arduino and wave shield …

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How the NSA & FBI Made Facebook the Perfect Mass Surveillance Tool

Update May 15 at 3:11 PM ET:

Facebook and Akamai responded to VentureBeat’s report. The National Security Agency and the FBI teamed up in October 2010 to develop techniques for turning Facebook into a surveillance tool. Documents released alongside security journalist Glenn Greenwald’s new book, “No Place To Hide,” reveal the NSA and FBI partnership, in which the two agencies developed techniques for exploiting Facebook chats, capturing private photos, collecting IP addresses, and gathering private profile data. According to the slides below, the agencies’ goal for such collection was to capture “a very rich source of information on targets,” including personal details, pattern of life, connections to associates, and media. NSA documents make painfully clear how the agencies collected information …

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Hardware Open-Source NSA Technology (Airborne Wifi)

As you are probably already aware, a certain person decided to smear a large number of highly classified documents over the internet. Part of these documents however included the ANT Hardware Catalogue. ANT is a division of the NSA responsible for developing hardware devices and software for use by the Tailored Access Operations division. The full catalogue is available from multiple sources – Although This gives a good overview of the capabilities of each device. The one product we’re going to focus on here is called SPARROW-II As you can see this system is used as a mobile wireless network (WLAN) detection point. A small computer intended to be used for WLAN collection, including from UAVs. Hardware: IBM Power PC 405GPR processor, 64 …

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Google’s Revamped Gmail Could Take Encryption Mainstream

Illustration: WIRED Encryption is the best way to protect your online communications from the prying eyes of the National Security Agency. So says NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden. The rub is that email encryption systems like PGP – short for Pretty Good Privacy – are a real pain for people to use, especially if they’re not steeped in the minutiae of computing. That means few people use PGP, and those who do are in danger of using it incorrectly. But it looks like Google is trying to change that. According to Venture Beat, the search giant working to create a new version of Gmail that makes PGP encryption far easier to use. Google didn’t respond to our request for comment on the story, and even if …

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