Articles about PRISM

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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

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 “ …
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Bocada looks at data protection market through Prism

Bocada reckons it has built a next-generation backup reporting product by embedding Enterprise v5.4 product technology in an ITIL-like service process management framework. Crudely speaking, a service delivery management layer has been bolted on and integrated into a Bocada Enterprise 5.4 base, and has dubbed the result Prism. …
Chris Mellor, 20 Jan 2010

Verizon, BT, Vodafone, Level 3 'let NSA jack into Google, Yahoo! fiber'

In October, NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden claimed Uncle Sam's spies tapped into the optic-fiber cables linking the data centers of Google and Yahoo! By intercepting this flow of information, agents were able to spy on folks' online activities on a massive scale. Google and Yahoo! insisted they did not hand over the keys to …
Shaun Nichols, 27 Nov 2013

Men, Women and Children: Shows how crap the internet is via the medium of crap film

Film Review The internet has fundamentally changed the way we interact with one another - but at the same time it, like, hasn't. That seems to be the message behind the cringey and contrived Men, Women and Children. Starring Adam Sandler, Jennifer Garner, Dean Norris, Judy Greer and Rosemarie DeWitt among others, this film is the latest " …
Kat Hall, 30 Nov 2014

Nothing illegal to see here: Tribunal says TEMPORA spying is OK

The UK’s Investigatory Powers Tribunal (IPT) ruled Friday that GCHQ’s mass surveillance TEMPORA program is legal ... in principle. The IPT said that (again, in principle) British spooks are entitled to carry out mass surveillance of all fibre optic cables entering or leaving the UK under the 2000 RIPA law. It made the ruling …
Jennifer Baker, 05 Dec 2014
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Nutanix tries to lure in BIZ WHALES with fresh storage NOS

Nutanix is going up against some of the biggest tech vendors in the game with its turnkey, scale-out clustered, converged server+hybrid flash/disk storage box for enterprises. Its job is persuading customers to buy into its data centre future view and purchase its souped-up converged servers instead of separate servers and …
Chris Mellor, 16 Apr 2014

Brazilians tear strip off NSA in wake of Snowden, mull anti-US-spook law

Businesses selling online to Brazil-based consumers could be forced to store any personal data they collect about those individuals on local servers under proposed new laws under consideration in the country. According to an automated translation of a report by the Reuters news agency, the federal government in Brazil has …
OUT-LAW.COM, 21 Aug 2013
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Cuba bound? Edward Snowden leaves Hong Kong

Updated Edward Snowden, the NSA PRISM whistleblower, left Hong Kong for Moscow today, sidestepping US attempts to extradite him for espionage. According to reports, he has already left Russia for Cuba. In a statement issued on June 23, The Hong Kong Government confirmed that Snowden had left the country on "his own accord for a third …
Drew Cullen, 23 Jun 2013
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China mulls probe into IBM, Oracle, EMC after NSA hack claims - report

China is reportedly preparing to look into NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden's claims that US spooks hacked into IBM, Oracle and EMC products sold to the Asian nation's universities. The three American corporations could face a probe by Chinese police and government officials on the subject of “security issues”. The investigation …
Gavin Clarke, 16 Aug 2013

US! govt! ordered! Yahoo! to! hand! over! user! data! or! pay! $250k! fine! PER! DAY!

Yahoo! has tried to explain why it buckled under pressure from Uncle Sam to hand over its users' data to the US government - by promising to publish the court documents which ordered the snooping. Said filings will, we're told, show Uncle Sam threatened to make Yahoo! pay a $250,000 fine for every day it refused to hand over …
Iain Thomson, 12 Sep 2014
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Big Brother's software firm Palantir valued at $9 BEEELION

How much does it cost to buy out one of big brother's favored toolmakers? Around $9bn, according to a recent valuation of Silicon Valley darling Palantir. The "Big Data" analysis company made a Form D filing with the SEC on Thursday disclosing a $58m cash infusion, and other reports by The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times …
Jack Clark, 06 Dec 2013

Lights, camera, action: Snowden movie hits the web

Video Well, that didn’t take long: a group of amateur film-makers in Hong Kong have already managed to release an Edward Snowden movie. The five minute mini-epic charts the early part of the PRISM whistle-blowers’ story, in other words the bit set in Hong Kong: Watch Video var MediaPlayerVars = { '_': { 'https://www. …
Phil Muncaster, 02 Jul 2013
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Electronic Frontier Foundation bails from Global Network Initiative

The Electronic Frontiers Foundation (EFF) has resigned from the Global Network Initiative (GNI), citing the presence of GNI members who co-operated with the NSA as making its ongoing involvement untenable. The GNI was established in 2008 and aims to promote privacy and freedom of speech online. Its membership roster comprises …
Simon Sharwood, 11 Oct 2013

Speaking in Tech: We find someone who hasn't heard of Prof Brian Cox

Podcast speaking_in_tech Greg Knieriemen podcast enterprise Once again it's time for the weekly Speaking in Tech podcast, hosted by Greg Knieriemen, Ed Saipetch and Sarah Vela - although this week Sarah is hiding. So it's just Ed and Greg with special guest Ben Kepes - the well-known tech evangelist, investor, commentator and …
Team Register, 19 Jun 2013

Microsoft: C'mon, you can trust us... look at our gov spook-busting plans

Microsoft has detailed a three-pronged plan to encrypt customer data, improve transparency and fight harder in the courts not to have to hand over your data. The new plan is designed to restore customer trust after revelations of government snooping. Microsoft has been stung into action by in the wake of documents leaked by …
John Leyden, 05 Dec 2013
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'I don't trust Microsoft' after NSA disclosures says former privacy chief

Caspar Bowden, who was Microsoft's European chief privacy advisor from 2002 to 2011, has said that he no longer trusts his former employer after the disclosures about its involvement in NSA surveillance schemes. Speaking at the Congress on Privacy and Surveillance in Switzerland on Monday, Bowden said that he wasn't aware of …
Iain Thomson, 01 Oct 2013

Oz gov sysadmins ASLEEP AT THE WHEEL

Systems administrators in charge of Australian parliamentarians' computers have been dozing at the wheel, don't read The Guardian, and have completely failed to notice PRISM or Edward Snowden, a Senate Estimates hearing has revealed. Alternatively, Department of Parliamentary Services (DPS) sysadmins are today queuing at the …
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Chinese firm applies for 'Edward Snowden' trademark

A Chinese electric vehicle (EV) company has made a bold attempt to cash in on the publicity surrounding PRISM whistleblower Edward Snowden by filing an application to register his name as a trademark. Beijing-based Hong Yuan Lan Xiang (HYLX) wants to register the name in both Chinese and English for its “top secret technologies …
Phil Muncaster, 21 Aug 2013
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NSA dragnet mostly slurped innocents' traffic

NSA babbler Edward Snowden's latest drop alleges something that's been suspected ever since he went public during 2013: that spy agencies reach far beyond “persons-of-interest”, with data on ordinary internet users far outstripping that held over formal “targets”. According to The Washington Post, the latest set of documents – …
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Snowden leak: Microsoft added Outlook.com backdoor for Feds

There are red faces in Redmond after Edward Snowden released a new batch of documents from the NSA's Special Source Operations (SSO) division covering Microsoft's involvement in allowing backdoor access to its software to the NSA and others. Documents seen by The Guardian detail how the NSA became concerned when Microsoft …
Iain Thomson, 11 Jul 2013
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Silent Circle shutters email service

Silent Circle, the company founded by former PGP wonks and Navy Seals and which offers very, very, secure communications, has decided to shutter its Silent Mail email service. The decision, announced in a blog post, comes on the same day that Lavabit, another secure email service, decided to close because it cannot guarantee …
Simon Sharwood, 09 Aug 2013
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MPs to review laws on UK spy-snoopery after GCHQ Tempora leaks

Parliament's intelligence services watchdog is to hold an inquiry into whether or not UK surveillance laws need updating in light of Edward Snowden's revelations into GCHQ's activities. The Intelligence and Security Committee (ISC) will also consider the impact on personal privacy of intercepting people's communications as part …
John Leyden, 17 Oct 2013
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Web-email king Mail.ru gulps $15k fine, fights govt demand to slurp data

Internet email maestro Mail.ru is fighting the Russian government's request for its customer data. The web portal, social network and email service, which employs an estimated 3,000 people and is roughly comparable with Yahoo! in Russian language markets, was fined $15,000 (500,000 rubles) for refusing to hand customer records …
John Leyden, 22 Oct 2013
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From Russia with Code: Edward Snowden gets job on website helldesk

NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden has reportedly bagged a job in Russia after fleeing to the former superpower after leaking details of indiscriminate wiretapping being carried out by the US National Security Agency. Snowden's lawyer, Anatoly Kucherena, declined to say which major website's support team Snowden would be working …
Kelly Fiveash, 31 Oct 2013

This Christmas, demand the right to a silent night

A few months back I spied a rare, spare week in my schedule and decided to turn it into a fortnight’s ‘staycation’. I’d stick around the house, but do no work whatsoever. I had no idea that would make people so angry. I didn’t simply disappear. After ensuring everything would keep ticking over in my absence, I activated the …
Mark Pesce, 09 Dec 2014
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US chief spook: Look, we only want to spy on 6.66 BEELLLION of you

US spy-boss James Clapper has once again emerged from the shadows to insist that America's global-spanning web surveillance programme is lawful and only targets foreigners. On Friday, director of national intelligence James Clapper said the NSA's clandestine PRISM project - which taps up internet giants for private emails, chat …
Jasper Hamill, 10 Jun 2013

Rally supports Snowden amid claims GCHQ tapped G20 summit

Over 900 Hong Kong-ers braved torrential rain on Saturday to march on the US Consulate and HK government in support of infamous PRISM whistle-blower Edward Snowden, as the man himself released yet more classified info on US intelligence operations. The supportsnowden.org movement is positioning Snowden’s case and how the …
Phil Muncaster, 17 Jun 2013

Nokia blings up Prism fashion phone with synthetic gem

If you love diamonds and bling, then forget jewellery, because Nokia’s latest Prism handset is apparently the in thing for the design-conscious tech consumer. Nokia7900CrystalPrism Nokia's 7900 Crystal Prism: a real gem? The 7900 Crystal Prism, which sits on the shelf above the one decorated by Nokia’s existing 7500 Prism - …
James Sherwood, 24 Jan 2008
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Bruce Schneier sneers at IBM's NSA denials

Ten days ago IBM issued ”A Letter to Our Clients About Government Access to Data” that, as we reported, swore on all that is good and holy that it did not hand over data to the NSA and would never do such a thing. But the letter did not satisfy security commentator Bruce Schneier who's penned an open letter of his own to Big …
Simon Sharwood, 25 Mar 2014
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SpiderOak says you'll know it's secure because a little bird told you

Edward Snowden–endorsed cloud storage provider SpiderOak has added an additional safeguard to ensure that its users' data doesn't fall into the hands of law enforcement without their knowledge, in the form of a "warrant canary." The term takes its inspiration from the practice of bringing actual canaries into coal mines that …
Neil McAllister, 14 Aug 2014

Microsoft FAILS to encrypt data centre links despite NSA snooping

Microsoft has admitted it doesn't yet encrypt "server-to-server" communications, although it plans to review its security arrangements in the wake of ongoing revelations about NSA spying. The non-cryption admission, made by a senior Microsoft legal officer during an EU inquiry, comes shortly after leaks by whistleblower Edward …
John Leyden, 14 Nov 2013
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Ecuador: Snowden is Russia's problem

NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden looks increasingly stranded in Russia, with Ecuador's president reportedly saying that the country is not considering an asylum request from him. President Rafael Correa has told The Guardian that Snowden is Russia's responsibility, and he would need to reach Ecuadorian territory for the country …

'Good job, NSA! You turned Yahoo! into an encryption beast'

Yahoo! has announced major encryption improvements designed to thwart dragnet surveillance efforts by the likes of the NSA. Alex Stamos, Yahoo!'s recently appointed CISO (chief information security officer), said the internet giant has finished encrypting traffic between its data centres. Stamos also outlined a roadmap for …
John Leyden, 03 Apr 2014

Apple's warrant canary riddle: Cock-up, conspiracy, or anti-Google point-scoring

Analysis The internet was in a tizzy this week following the disappearance of what's assumed to be a warrant canary in Apple's latest report on governments demanding users' private data. The mere presence of the canary paragraph is supposed to signal that no information has been extracted. Thus, if it vanishes, it's assumed records have …
Iain Thomson, 20 Sep 2014
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Leaked MS ad video parodies Chrome as surveillance tech

A leaked Microsoft ad, meant only for internal consumption, parodies a Google campaign as it portrays Google Chrome as a data-snaffling privacy-stealing parasite. Chrome is depicted as a surveillance technology to make money from private information for the benefit of Google. Redmond's slick propaganda video is a dig at Google …
John Leyden, 25 Nov 2013
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Snowden journo's partner wins partial injunction on seized data

David Miranda, the journalist's partner held for nine hours at Heathrow under anti-terror laws, has managed to get a partial High Court injunction to stop the police "inspecting, copying or sharing" the data they seized from him - except for national security purposes. Lawyers for Miranda confirmed to The Reg that they'd won the …

Snowden, schmoden. Let's talk about crushing hackers, say US'n'China

China and the US were able to set aside their cyber-spying-oneupmanship at a meeting yesterday, with officials from both sides agreeing to improving cooperation in tackling hackers. Before representatives met to talk about computer security defences, China had made much of whistleblower Edward Snowden's revelations about the NSA …
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Cops and spies should blame THEMSELVES for smartphone crypto 'problem' - Hyppönen

IP Expo Law enforcement and intel agencies have no right to complain about the improved security of smartphones because they brought the problem on themselves, according to security guru Mikko Hyppönen. Policing and government officials on both sides of the Atlantic have been vociferous in their complaints about Apple and Google's …
John Leyden, 13 Oct 2014
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NSA spies recorded an entire COUNTRY'S phone calls for a MONTH: Report

The NSA is recording all of the voice calls in one unnamed country and keeping those recordings for 30 days at a time as part of a previously undisclosed rolling wiretap programme, according to leaks recently published in WSJ. Millions of voice "cuts" are extracted for long time storage as part of a system called MYSTIC that's …
John Leyden, 19 Mar 2014
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Steelie Neelie: ICANN think of more 'credible' rules for internet. (Cough *NSA* cough)

EU vice president Neelie Kroes wants the US to slacken its grip on how the internet is managed in the aftermath of revelations about mass surveillance of innocent citizens. She said today that reform was needed to make internet governance more inclusive, transparent and accountable around the globe, with particular emphasis …
Kelly Fiveash, 12 Feb 2014
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Yahoo!: We! tried! to! protect! your! info! ... secret! court! case! will! prove! it!

Yahoo! has launched a fresh bid to reveal the top secret workings of the US surveillance state and prove it did not voluntarily hand over its customer's data to NSA spooks. The Purple Palace wants to lift a seal on a 2008 court case in which the firm "strenuously objected" to the National Security Agency's requests for its …
Jasper Hamill, 11 Jul 2013

US public hate Snowden - but sexpot spy Anna Chapman LOVES him

The American public is turning against NSA leaker Edward Snowden, with increasing numbers of people now believing he was wrong to reveal details of secret US government surveillance, a survey has found. But you shouldn't feel too sad for the geeky whistleblower, because sexpot Russian spy Anna Chapman has said she would happily …
Jasper Hamill, 08 Jul 2013

Snowden: 'Hey, Assange, any more room on Ecuador's sofa?'

NSA PRISM whistleblower Edward Snowden has requested asylum in none other than Ecuador, the country that’s also technically safeguarding WikiLeaker Julian Assange. Snowden is actually on his way to the South American nation to see if he can stay, while Assange remains ensconced on the sofa of the Ecuadorian embassy in London. …
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Facebook, Microsoft beg Feds: Let us tell users what YOU asked for...

Google, Facebook and Microsoft are all calling for more flexibility in disclosing more about that national security requests they receive from the US government. The lobbying comes amid ongoing controversy about the NSA's controversial PRISM surveillance programme. The PRISM system is alleged to allow signals intelligence …
John Leyden, 12 Jun 2013

Report: NSA spying deals billion dollar knockout to US cloud prospects

Updated Sustained violations of civil liberties at home and abroad? Yawn. The manifestation of Orwell's nightmares? Snooze. The potential loss of scads and scads of money? Egad, we should really do something about this! That's the gist of a report published on Monday assessing the likely commercial fallout for the US cloud computing …
Jack Clark, 06 Aug 2013
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Nokia sheds light on Prism fashion phone

Nokia fans worldwide will now be paying closer attention to the vendor from all angles, following the unveiling of its latest handset, the 7500 Prism, at a fashion show in China this week. Nokia_7500_Prism Nokia's Prism: diamond life? The "avant-garde" handset features a two-megapixel camera; DVD quality video playback; …
James Sherwood, 04 Jul 2007
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Oi, Obama. Rein your spooks in, demands web giants' alliance

Eight web heavyweights have banded together to call on the US and other governments to rein in indiscriminate surveillance by state security agencies. AOL, Apple, Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, Microsoft, Twitter and Yahoo are asking for a general reform of government surveillance laws and practices because the "balance in many …
John Leyden, 09 Dec 2013
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Furious Google techie on NSA snooping: 'F*CK THESE GUYS'

Eric Schmidt's indignation over the NSA's reported spying on links between Google's data centres pales in comparison to the righteous indignation of his engineers. The latest leaks from whistleblower Edward Snowden provide evidence that Google and Yahoo! data centre interconnects were being tapped by the NSA's spies, as part of …
John Leyden, 07 Nov 2013
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'GCHQ's surveillance data gulp is BULKY and WARRANTLESS', human rights groups moan

Britain's spooks routinely rummage through reams of intelligence data from the NSA and other foreign spy agencies without first having to request a warrant, it has been claimed. According to the human rights groups that brought the UK's snooping agency GCHQ to court in July this year, secret internal policies unveiled during a …
Kelly Fiveash, 29 Oct 2014