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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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Researchers Find and Decode the Spy Tools Governments Use to Hijack Phones

Newly uncovered components of a digital surveillance tool used by more than 60 governments worldwide provide a rare glimpse at the extensive ways law enforcement and intelligence agencies use the tool to surreptitiously record and steal data from mobile phones. The modules, made by the Italian company Hacking Team, were uncovered by researchers working independently of each other at Kaspersky Lab in Russia and the Citizen Lab at the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs in Canada, who say the findings provide great insight into the trade craft behind Hacking Team’s tools. The new components target Android, iOS, Windows Mobile, and BlackBerry users and are part of Hacking Team’s larger suite of tools used for targeting desktop computers…

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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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How the NSA & FBI made Facebook the perfect mass surveillance tool

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