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Reg hack scores coveted journalism prism

The Register's Asia-Pacific editor Simon Sharwood has taken home one of the striking polymer prisms on offer at the 12th Annual Optus Australian IT Journalism Awards. Sharwood won the "Best Technology Industry Journalist" category, awarded to "the journalist who has best covered the ICT Industries in Australia". Sharwood's …

Tech giants KNEW about PRISM, web snooping, claims top NSA lawyer

The NSA's general counsel Rajesh De says technology firms were fully aware of both America's web surveillance program PRISM and the mass monitoring of upstream internet traffic. On Wednesday, De told a meeting in Washington, organized by the US government's Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board (PCLOB), that data …
Iain Thomson, 20 Mar 2014

Oz government knew about PRISM BEFORE Snowden leaks

In a hardly-surprising revelation, it's emerged that Australian government security agencies knew about PRISM before Edward Snowden went public with his leaks about the surveillance system. The Australian Broadcasting Corporation had requested access to a protected briefing to the Attorney General that was prepared in March. …

IETF floats plan to PRISM-proof the Internet

The Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) has posted “PRISM-Proof Security Considerations” aimed at making it much harder for governments to implement programs like the PRISM effort whistleblower Edward Snowden exposed as one of the tools in the NSA's spookery toolbag. The proposal has just one author - Phillip Hallam-Baker of …
Simon Sharwood, 12 Sep 2013

Luxembourgeois data protection watchdog probes Microsoft in Skype PRISM complaint

Microsoft is co-operating with regulators in Skype’s home country of Luxembourg over its possible participation in the NSA’s PRISM program, a spokesperson has confirmed. A Redmond spokesperson told The Register Microsoft is “happy to answer any questions” that Luxembourg's Commission nationale de protection des données (CNPD - …
Gavin Clarke, 14 Oct 2013

Spooks vs boffins: MIT bods say they've created PRISM-proof encryption

The cleverest clogs of MIT have squared up to the NSA after claiming to have developed a PRISM-proof encryption system. Dubbed Mylar, the spook-bane allows devs to build web applications which are protected from attackers, even if they have access to the server that stores the software. Its creators were upset that anyone who …
Jasper Hamill, 27 Mar 2014

Silicon Valley slurped millions of NSA cash for PRISM participation

New documents from Edward Snowden published in The Guardian have shown for the first time the financial relationship between the NSA and some of the largest names in the tech business over the PRISM data-collection scheme. Google, Yahoo, Microsoft, and Facebook are all named in a document, dated December 2012, relating to the …
Iain Thomson, 23 Aug 2013

World+Dog hates PRISM: Cloud Security Alliance

Edward Snowden's PRISM revelations will soon impact the balance sheets of US cloud vendors, according to the Cloud Security Alliance. The group claims the latest survey (PDF) of its 500 members suggests the NSA leaks would make more than half non-US the respondents think twice about hosting their data with American-based …

'NSA PRISM spies' shake down victims with bogus child-abuse vids claims

Crooks are using the NSA's notorious global web surveillance scandal in new ransomware: punters visiting booby-trapped websites are falsely accused of downloading illegal material, told their PCs are now locked from use, and ordered to hand over a cash "fine" to unlock their computers. Cloud security firm Zscaler has spotted 20 …
John Leyden, 12 Sep 2013

Chinese hackers launch PRISM scare campaign

The Chinese group behind the recently discovered NetTraveler attacks is now using widespread interest in the infamous National Security Agency (NSA) PRISM surveillance program to encourage users to open malicious email attachments, it has emerged. Brandon Dixon of the 9bplus blog said he came across an email uploaded to …
Phil Muncaster, 19 Jun 2013
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Top secret spook court agrees to release 2008 PRISM docs

The secret US court that rules on snooping activities by the country's agencies has granted the Yahoo! motion to reveal its 2008 decision justifying the PRISM project. The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court said in its order that it has handed over its opinion document and the legal briefs that were submitted by the parties …
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Report says PRISM snooped on India's space, nuclear programs

NSA spooks risk alienating yet another US ally after new documents released by whistleblower Edward Snowden apparently revealed extensive surveillance of Indian domestic politics as well as the country’s nuclear and space programs. The top secret document, obtained by The Hindu, suggests American spying activity in the sub- …
Phil Muncaster, 24 Sep 2013
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CIA-funded upstart: THE TRUTH about Prism and NSA's web snooping

Palantir Technologies has denied its Prism software is related to the NSA's controversial and massive PRISM web surveillance system. The Big Data startup, backed in its early stages by the the CIA's In-Q-Tel venture capital arm, has insisted that its data-mining Prism software in question is for banks, not governments. Palantir’ …
John Leyden, 10 Jun 2013

Forget phones, PRISM plan shows internet firms give NSA everything

It has been a rough 24 hours for the US National Security Agency. First a leaked court order (and the political reaction) showed that the agency routinely harvests US mobile-use data, and now a new document has been uncovered that claims to show the larger internet companies do the same thing. A 41-page presentation, given in …
Iain Thomson, 07 Jun 2013
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NSA PRISM-gate: Relax, GCHQ spooks 'keep us safe', says Cameron

British intelligence agencies have broken no laws and are subject to "proper" parliamentary scrutiny, Prime Minister David Cameron insisted today as the NSA PRISM scandal reached Blighty. He was forced to defend Brit spooks following allegations that UK eavesdropping nerve-centre GCHQ had access to the Americans' controversial …
Kelly Fiveash, 10 Jun 2013
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Norks taunt, yank Yanks' crank over PRISM: US is 'rights abuse kingpin'

Poverty-stricken dictatorship North Korea says the leak of NSA web-snooping project PRISM shows that the US is the “kingpin” of civil-rights abuses. An op-ed in the Norks' state newspaper Minju Joson declared allegations of American spooks trawling through phone and internet usage records indicate that we're all “subject to the …
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PRISM scandal: Brit spooks operated within the law, say politicos

Claims that Britain's intelligence agency GCHQ circumvented UK legislation by using America's controversial PRISM programme to access the content of private communications are false, parliamentarians concluded today. The Intelligence and Security Committee (ISC), which is chaired by Tory politico Malcolm Rifkind and made up of …
Kelly Fiveash, 17 Jul 2013
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French snooping as deep as PRISM: Le Monde

Edward Snowden's revelations about American communications snoopery have inspired newspapers around the world to investigate domestic spying, the latest of which is Le Monde in France. The newspaper's exposé (French language) finds that French citizens' communications are just as thoroughly trawled as those in America. “The …
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Ex-prez Carter: 'America has no functioning democracy' with PRISM

Former US President Jimmy Carter has applauded the whistle-blowing of Edward Snowden and says the current surveillance state means the US is in dire political straits. "America has no functioning democracy," Carter told a meeting of The Atlantic Bridge in Atlanta on Tuesday, Der Speigel reports. Carter said that Snowden's …
Iain Thomson, 18 Jul 2013
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French ministers told to use only secure comms post-PRISM

French newspaper L'Express has published a memo it says comes from Christophe Chantepy, chief of staff to French prime minister Jean-Marc Ayrault, and which recommends French cabinet ministers stop using smartphones for phone calls because they are not secure. The paper's report includes three images of the memo, one for each of …
Simon Sharwood, 13 Sep 2013
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Dubya: I introduced PRISM and I think it's pretty swell

Former US president George W Bush has said the controversial PRISM surveillance was designed to protect America, and claimed whistleblower-turned-fugitive Edward Snowden has damaged the nation by revealing its existence. During an interview with CNN, Dubya said that he had ordered the creation of PRISM to beef up national …
Jasper Hamill, 02 Jul 2013
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Anti-PRISM Trojan explodes over Jay-Z fans

Fans of rapper Jay-Z who thought they'd grabbed hold of an app granting them access to an early release of his new album Magna Carta Holy Grail have found themselves on the receiving end of an anti-PRISM Android Trojan designed to slurp all their data, according to security researchers. It is not yet clear if the data-stealing …
John Leyden, 05 Jul 2013
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Yahoo! joins! rivals! in! PRISM! data! request! admission!

Yahoo! has become the latest big-hitting American tech firm to reveal exactly how much information it has handed to US spooks. Marissa Mayer's outfit joined Apple, Facebook and Microsoft in releasing the number of sensitive data requests made by spies and law enforcement agencies. The tech giants want to reassure customers and …
Jasper Hamill, 18 Jun 2013
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Ex-CIA techie Edward Snowden: I am the NSA PRISM deepthroat

A former CIA technician has broken cover to reveal himself as the mole who leaked information about PRISM - the US government's massive web surveillance programme. Edward Snowden, 29, outed himself as the source of revelations that the National Security Agency (NSA) has tapped up American internet giants for data on foreigners' …
Jasper Hamill, 10 Jun 2013

Irish watchdog won't probe Apple, Facebook over PRISM... but COULD IT?

Is the Irish Commissioner correct to claim that he can’t investigate Apple and Microsoft over PRISM? On Friday, Reuters reported that the Irish Office of the Data Protection Commissioner (ODPC) had refused to look at the transfers of personal data undertaken by Apple and Facebook to the United States. An Austrian student …

PRISM snitch claims NSA hacked Chinese targets since 2009

PRISM snitch Edward Snowden now claims to have data which proves the NSA has been hacking hundreds of civilian targets in China and Hong Kong since 2009. Public officials, businesses and students as well as the Chinese University of Hong Kong were among the targets in the former British colony, Snowden told the South China …
Phil Muncaster, 13 Jun 2013

India's spooks prepare to peer through their own PRISM

The Indian government is gearing up to switch on "NETRA", a large scale internet surveillance system that will allow its spy agencies to monitor suspicious online communications in order to detect certain keywords. The Network Traffic Analysis system, to give NETRA its full name, will scan tweets, status updates, emails, IMs, …
Phil Muncaster, 17 Dec 2013
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NSA PRISM snoop-gate: Won't someone think of the children, wails Apple

Apple has joined Facebook and Microsoft in revealing it has received thousands of requests for sensitive user data from US investigators in less than a year. And like the two other giants, the fruity computer company is vague about the details. A statement from Cupertino marks another attempt to diffuse the ongoing row over …
John Leyden, 17 Jun 2013

Brazil whacks PRISM with secure email plan

A week after joining a consortium calling for the USA's currently cold, dead, fingers to be pried off the internet's internal machinery, Brazil has announced that it will develop a secure e-mail system to try and protect its government-level communications against American spying. The nation's President Dilma Rousseff used the …

KEEP CALM and Carry On: PRISM itself is not a big deal

PRISM, the top secret US National Security Agency web communications and user data collection program revealed by whistleblower Edward Snowden last Friday, and targeted on nine top US web service providers, would seem unlikely to be the total, tyrannical surveillance behemoth reporters first assumed. That’s because its numbers, …
Duncan Campbell, 11 Jun 2013

NSA PRISM deepthroat VANISHES as pole-dance lover cries into keyboard

Whistleblower Edward Snowden, who blew the lid off the US government's massive internet surveillance project PRISM, has vanished from his Hong Kong hideout. Word of his disappearance came as it emerged that the 29-year-old's girlfriend is apparently a pole-dancing blogger who yesterday wrote: "Sometimes life doesn’t afford …
Jasper Hamill, 11 Jun 2013
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PRISM leaks: WTF, you don't spy on your friends, splutters EU

Berlin has accused Washington of treating it "like a Cold War enemy" after it emerged that US spooks spied on targets from friendly European countries. Vice-president of the European Commission, Neelie Kroes, told BBC: Of course it is a shock and it's not acceptable at all. It's not acceptable because it is a friendly …
Jasper Hamill, 01 Jul 2013
The Register breaking news

I'm 'pretty comfy' with PRISM + 'It's Google. What else do you expect'

This was the week when the Snowden saga took a few major plot twists, with one president's plane grounded while another president claimed the whole PRISM-snooping thing was for the best. Poor Bolivian president Evo Morales had his plane pulled out of the sky after expressing some sympathy for NSA-leaker Edward Snowden's asylum …
Team Register, 05 Jul 2013
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At #guardiancoffee, we can now TASTE THE FUTURE through a PRISM!

"Everything reactionary is the same; if you do not hit it, it will not fall. This is also like sweeping the floor; as a rule, where the broom does not reach, the dust will not vanish of itself. - Mao Tse Tung from "The Situation and Our Policy After the Victory in the War of Resistance Against Japan" (August 13, 1945), Selected …
Steve Bong, 14 Jun 2013
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Privacy expert dismisses PRISM-busting typeface as 'art project'

Attempts to use a mixed-up font that makes machine reading more difficult in order to foil NSA snoopers or hackers are almost certain to fail, according to privacy experts. Sang Mun, a former South Korean Army man who worked in liaison with the US National Security Agency (NSA) during his service, spent a year creating the ZXX …
John Leyden, 24 Jun 2013
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PRISM leaker strands hacks on booze-free flight

Declining to state just where NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden went after dodging the press, Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has issued a statement saying that Snowden is “healthy and safe”. That statement was made to Agence France Presse (syndicated at News.com.au here), after a bunch of journalists accompanied an empty seat …
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NSA, GCHQ spies have hurt us more than they know – cloud group

The PRISM revelations – that governments monitor their own citizens as well as those in other countries – have undermined business confidence in moving to the cloud. This is according to the UK-based Cloud Industry Forum, which conducted an annual survey of 250 private and public sector organisations and noted a reverse in …
Paul Kunert, 02 Jul 2014
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Irish court peels off gloves, hands Facebook PROBE request to ECJ

The High Court in Ireland has referred a review of a complaint against Facebook to Europe's top court. The complaint alleges the social network shared EU users' data with the US National Security Agency. The European Court of Justice is to assess whether EU law needs to be updated in light of the PRISM revelations, which could …
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NSA accused of new crimes ... against slideware

The NSA's much-discussed PRISM initiative has attracted criticism galore from political activists, but now it has come up against serious opposition: a ticked-off designer offended by the poor quality of the NSA's slideware. The designer in question is Emiland De Cubber, a slideware professional who has declared the NSA “can do …
Simon Sharwood, 12 Jun 2013

Microsoft to Australian government: our kit has no back doors

Microsoft has told an Australian Parliamentary Committee its cloud services and software contain no back doors. The issue arose last year in a committee of Australia's Senate, which like the US body of the same name is a house of review for legislation initiated in the House of Representatives. During a November 2013 meeting of …
Simon Sharwood, 29 Jan 2014
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Japanese space boffins set to map the world in 3D

Japan is set to take a major lead in the development of global 3D mapping by stitching together three million satellite images to compile a digital map of the planet. The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) said it will use images acquired from the Daichi Advanced Land Observing Satellite (ALOS). The satellite was …
Phil Muncaster, 06 Mar 2014

Glassholes, snapt**ts, #blabbergasms, selfies and PRISM: The Reg's review of 2013

"Selfie" is the Oxford English Dictionary's word of the year. There's nothing new about a "selfie" - it's a self-portrait - but a perfect storm of social networks and smartphones has given popularity to a word and an act even world leaders feel it's OK to do on really serious occasions. In keeping with a long tradition here at …
Gavin Clarke, 31 Dec 2013
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Report: Google's NSA dealings not as bad as you thought – THEY WERE WORSE

Google and other technology giants were working far more closely with the NSA government than originally thought, if a set of uncovered internal emails are to be believed. Al Jazeera has posted an email correspondence between NSA director General Keith Alexander and Google's Eric Schmidt and Sergey Brin discussing cooperation …
Shaun Nichols, 07 May 2014
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Prism Firefox extension hits beta

Mozilla Labs has released a beta of a Firefox extension that turns any website application into a desktop app. The not-for-profit outfit launched the standalone web app late on Friday. Dubbed Prism, it comes with its own site and an updated API for developers to play with. Prism 1.0 beta comes loaded with several nifty features …
Kelly Fiveash, 11 May 2009
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NSA Prism: Why I'm boycotting US cloud tech - and you should too

So, America's National Security Agency has been tapping up US internet giants to gather information about foreigners online, allegedly sharing that data with Britain's GCHQ - and gobbling up details about US citizens' phone calls. When I was a kid my world was full of pro-America propaganda; I never once questioned American …
Trevor Pott, 08 Jun 2013
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Facebook needs to defend Austrian privacy violation case

Privacy activist Max Schrems, leader of the “Europe-versus-Facebook” movement, has had a procedural win in Austria that means Facebook Ireland has to prep its defence. According to Reuters, Schrems says his lawsuit in Austria's Vienna Regional Court has taken a step forward, passing its first review by the court. As a result, …
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How NSA spooks spaffed my DAD'S DATA ALL OVER THE WEB

Shock, horror, scandal! America's NSA secretly took data from my website for its fiendish PRISM web-snooping project - and it ended up blasted all over the internet! Top-secret slides detailing the massive electronic surveillance programme were leaked last week by ex-CIA techie Edward Snowden. A close inspection of the …

IBM: We gave NOTHING to the NSA, stateside or elsewhere

IBM has become the latest of the tech giants to deny handing over customer data to the NSA's PRISM program. In this open letter, Big Blue's general counsel Robert Weber (also senior veep for legal and regulatory affairs) gives the “no way” message to the world at large. Specifically, Weber writes that IBM did not provide “ …

Irish privacy boss hauled to court for NOT probing Facebook for spook links

An Austrian student is taking Ireland's data protection watchdog to court after the privacy regulator declined to investigate allegations that Facebook allowed US spooks to slurp its data. The Irish privacy office, headed up by data protection commissioner Billy Hawkes, told The Register that judicial review proceedings were now …
Kelly Fiveash, 25 Oct 2013
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Watch out spooks: STANDARDS GROUPS are COMING AFTER YOU

The Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) has vowed that the NSA won't be allowed to get away with its nefarious surveillance of the internet any more … as soon as 1,100 boffins can agree on a PRISM-proofing plan. The IETF met this week in Canada and the communiqué issued makes it plain that the standards body is mad as hell …
Simon Sharwood, 08 Nov 2013