Charliemopps writes "Politico states: "A federal judge ruled Monday that the National Security Agency program which collects information on nearly all telephone calls made to, from or within the United States is likely unconstitutional.""Link to Original Source
Charliemopps writes "The top contractors working to help the US federal government in its surveillance activities have contributed millions to every member of the over-site communities that were intended to regulate them."Link to Original Source
Charliemopps writes "So the big story from tonight's 60 minutes is that Amazon wants to start delivering packages with drones. 60min seems astounded by this even though I think most of us on slashdot would say "well duh" but something I found a hell of a lot more interesting was the fact that their corporate office is stuffed full of aichent hardware. The staff are still using CRT monitors! Not only that, they show video from their factory floor and even their employees are still using CRTs. I'd think the cost to power those old monitors would have paid for LCDs by now but who knows."Link to Original Source
Charliemopps writes "For 20 years the password for the US Nuclear arsenal was 00000000
Kennedy instituted a security system on all nuclear warheads to prevent them from being armed by someone unauthorized. It was called PAL, and promised to secure the entire US arsenal around the world. Unfortunately for Kenedy (and I guess, the whole world) US military leadership was more concerned about delaying a launch than securing Armageddon. They technical obeyed the order but then set the password to 8 Zeros or 00000000"Link to Original Source
Charliemopps writes "Federal officials gathered customer records of 4,904 people from two men who were under criminal investigation for purportedly teaching people how to pass lie detector tests. The officials then distributed the list along with many of their Social Security numbers, addresses and professions – to nearly 30 federal agencies, including the Internal Revenue Service, the CIA, the National Security Agency and the Food and Drug Administration.
The unprecedented creation of such a list and decision to disseminate it widely demonstrate the ease with which the federal government can collect and share Americans’ personal information, even when there’s no clear reason for doing so.
Why is this so dangerous? Here's a little demo another Slashdotter posted recently: http://kieranhealy.org/blog/archives/2013/06/09/using-metadata-to-find-paul-revere/"Link to Original Source
Charliemopps writes "Not much to say other than a new document has surfaced and the NSA has made their way inside Googles cloud. The most interesting part of the article is some google engineers reactions: "Two engineers with close ties to Google exploded in profanity when they saw the drawing. “I hope you publish this,” one of them said.""Link to Original Source
Charliemopps writes "The NSA is collecting hundreds of millions of contact lists from all over the world, many of them belonging to Americans. The intercept them from instant messaging services as they move across global data links. The NSA is gathering contact lists in large numbers that amount to a sizable fraction of the world’s e-mail and instant messaging accounts."Link to Original Source
Charliemopps writes "Reuters reports that a secret department at the DEA gathers tips from intelligence intercepts, wiretaps, informants and a massive database of telephone records then uses them to launch criminal investigations of Americans. Law enforcement agents have been directed to conceal how such investigations truly begin — not only from defense lawyers but also sometimes from prosecutors and judges.
A former federal agent in the northeastern United States who received such tips from SOD described the process. "You'd be told only, ‘Be at a certain truck stop at a certain time and look for a certain vehicle.' And so we'd alert the state police to find an excuse to stop that vehicle, and then have a drug dog search it," the agent said"Link to Original Source
Charliemopps writes "In a meeting with Russian human rights activists today, Edward Snowden said he we re-apply for asylum in Russia. He plans to stay there temporarily while he attempts to find safe passage to South America. Weather he continues to release sensitive information while in Russia seems to be still up in the air as Putin has requested that he stop "Harming our American Partners""Link to Original Source
Charliemopps writes "A team from the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle found that those with the highest levels of omega-3 in their blood were 71 per cent more likely to develop fast-growing prostate tumors. The finding came while conducting another research project examining whether supplements of vitamin E and the mineral selenium can help prevent prostate cancer."Link to Original Source
Charliemopps writes "A new poll released Wednesday by Qunnipiac University finds that the vast majority of Americans thing that Edward Snowden is a whistle-blower, not a traitor. A mere 34% think he is a traitor 45% percent think the government’s anti-terrorism efforts go too far restricting civil liberties, a reversal from a January 10, 2010, survey.
"The fact that there is little difference now along party lines about the overall anti- terrorism effort and civil liberties and about Snowden is in itself unusual in a country sharply divided along political lines about almost everything. Moreover, the verdict that Snowden is not a traitor goes against almost the unified view of the nation's political establishment." — Peter Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute."Link to Original Source
Charliemopps writes "New evidence released by the Washington Post confirms that the NSA is tapping major fiber optic cables as well as has direct access to the internal servers of Google, Apple, etc... despite their claim to the contrary. It seems that room 641A http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Room_641A is not just a conspiracy theory after all..."Link to Original Source
Charliemopps writes "Here's an unusually detailed story of how the IRS mistakenly released a large amount of sensitive information to the internet recently. Several thousand social security numbers that were somehow related to 527 group donations were posted to the internet for several days and at least one download was made of the bulk data."Link to Original Source
Charliemopps writes "On June 23rd, 2013, asteroid (5099) was officially named Iainbanks by the IAU, and will be referred to as such for as long as Earth Culture may endure.
(Iain M. Banks (1954-2013) was a Scottish writer best known for the Culture series of science ction novels; he also wrote ction as Iain Banks. An evangelical atheist and lover of whisky, he scorned social media and enjoyed writing music. He was an extra in Monty Python & The Holy Grail.)"Link to Original Source
Charliemopps writes "A website has been started with idea of "Trolling the NSA" the creators, who clearly don't know anything about filtering, plan to have a large number of people all send the same message at the same time with lots of keywords thought to trigger NSA alerts.
Unfortunately, foiling such a prank is so trivial I wouldn't be surprised if a lot of the users email servers filter out the email as spam.
This is, however, a concept I've been toying with prior to finding out about this site. Could someone create a script that randomly populated your signature with such keywords? If we flood the NSA with nonsense random data would it not cause them problems? The script could even download random out of print books from google books and find/replace words with your keywords. It could be an interesting project."Link to Original Source