Report: NSA Collects Data Directly From Servers Of Google, Apple, Microsoft, Facebook And More
The Washington Post is reporting a top-secret National Security Administration data-mining program that taps directly into the Google, Facebook, Microsoft and YouTube servers. ”The National Security Agency and the FBI are tapping directly into the central servers of nine leading U.S. Internet companies, extracting audio, video, photographs, e-mails, documents and connection logs that enable analysts to track a person’s movements and contacts over time,” reports the Post. Details about the highly classified program, Project PRISM, are somewhat vague, but it appears that the NSA allows the Attorney General and Director of National of National Intelligence “to open their servers to the FBI’s Data Intercept Technology Unit, which handles liaison to U.S. companies from the NSA.” “With a few clicks and an affirmation that the subject is believed to be engaged in terrorism, espionage or nuclear proliferation, an analyst obtains full access to Facebook’s ‘extensive search and ...
Cuba still on U.S. list of state sponsors of terrorism
Cuba's inclusion was political, critics say, noting Havana's efforts to distance itself from terrorism activities. Also on the list are Syria, Iran and Sudan. WASHINGTON — Cuba further distanced itself from terrorist activities last year but the U.S. government still considers it a state sponsor of terrorism along with Syria, Iran and Sudan, according to the State Department's annual report.
Is The FBI Dumb, Evil, Or Just Incompetent?
Your government is worried. The world is "going dark." Once upon a time, telephones were the only way to talk to someone far away, and the authorities could wiretap any phone they wanted. Nowadays, though, suspects might be communicating via Facebook, Google Hangouts, WhatsApp, Snapchat, Skype, Viber. And so, inevitably: “Today, if you’re a tech company that’s created a new and popular way to communicate, it’s only a matter of time before the FBI shows up with a court order to read or hear some conversation.” But some of those providers have no interest in spying on their users. The FBI is not amused. "A government task force is preparing legislation that would pressure companies such as Facebook and Google to enable law enforcement officials to intercept online communications as they occur," according to the Washington Post, by fining them increasing sums until they build government-accessible back doors into their systems. Which invites the titular question of this post.
Facebook Lobbying Spend Up 176%, Google Up 70% In 2012 To Try To Sway Privacy, Anti-Trust Legislation
When you're crushing your competitors, it's the government that can be your biggest threat. That's why Google grew its lobbying spend 70% to $16.48 million in 2012 and Facebook's fees soared 196% to $3.99 million as they tried to buy government influence. Not everyone's so worried about Washington, though. Apple's yearly lobbying spend decreased 13% to $2.26 million.
Exclusive: U.S. likely to extend Iran sanction waivers - sources
WASHINGTON - The United States will likely give India, South Korea, Turkey and others another six-month reprieve on Friday from financial sanctions because they have reduced their purchases of crude oil from Iran, two U.S. government sources said on Thursday.
Found more than 1 month ago on channel Reuters