01.21.14

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NSA Watch: Latest News About Privacy

Posted in Action at 6:11 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Summary: New links about privacy violations and legal/Constitutional violations

New Leaks

  • New documents: NSA provided 2-3 daily “tips” to FBI for at least 3 years

    According to newly-declassified court orders from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC), the National Security Agency (NSA) was (and may still be) tipping off the FBI at least two to three times per day going back at least to 2006.

    Hours after President Barack Obama finished his speech last Friday on proposed intelligence and surveillance reforms, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) declassified a number of documents from the nation’s most secretive court.

Speech/PR

  • Obama’s “Big” Speech on NSA Delivers So Little

    I doubt whether many people had high expectations of President Obama’s “big” speech last week about NSA spying. After all not only has he showed few signs of being willing to admit the value of Snowden’s revelations, he has, in general, been an immense disappointment to many who had placed such great hopes in his election. But at least this time he did not disappoint us, because what he announced was as disappointing as everyone expected.

  • Obama’s Lies, NSA Spies, and the Sons of Liberty

    Remember, Obama is the chief executive of a super secretive surveillance state whose overarching purpose is to remain in power by any means available. As such, he and his surveillance state cohorts have far more in common with King George and the British government of his day than with the American colonists who worked hard to foment a rebellion and overthrow a despotic regime.

    Indeed, Obama and his speechwriters would do well to brush up on their history. In doing so, they will find that the Sons of Liberty, the “small, secret surveillance committee” they conveniently liken to the NSA, was in fact an underground, revolutionary movement that fought the established government of its day, whose members were considered agitators, traitors and terrorists not unlike Edward Snowden.

  • Half of Americans unaware of Obama’s proposed changes to NSA surveillance – poll

Germany

Human Rights Watch

Microsoft-Funded But ‘NSA-free’

  • F-Secure’s Hypponen leads RSA refuseniks to NSA-free infosec chatfest

    The one-day TrustyCon, to be held on 27 February at the AMC Metreon Theatre in San Francisco, has drawn Mikko Hypponen as its keynote, giving “The talk I was going to give at RSA”. So far, the only other confirmed speakers are ISEC Partners’ Alex Stamos; Marcia Hofmann (EFA) and Christopher Soghoian (American Civil Liberties Union) who dropped out of the RSA Conference; Google’s Chris Palmer; and Black Hat’s Jeff Moss.

Ed: Microsoft-funded means not NSA-free. Microsoft receives a lot of money from the NSA.

UK

  • Manchester ORG hosts second Crypto Party – 6th Feb

    Cryptoparties provide a great way for anyone to learn how to install and use encryption technology and other tips to keep you anonymous online. Tech facilitators will be there to help you with encryption of email, live chat and how to browse the web without being tracked. All are welcome to come learn and share skills in a fun environment.

Vietnam

  • Vietnamese hackers target EFF staffers, journalist in phishing attack

    The Electronic Frontier Foundation has published details of an attempted malware attack on two of its employees by a group of hackers associated with the Vietnamese government. The hacker group, known as Sinh Tử Lệnh, has targeted Vietnamese dissidents and bloggers in the past; it now appears that the campaign has been extended to attacks on US activists and journalists who publish information seen as critical of the Vietnamese government.

  • Vietnamese Malware Gets Very Personal

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