Privacy Matters

Anarchist threat modeling and private data-mining for intelligence

Yesterday the independent surveillance researcher Asher Wolf tweeted an astonishing link to a private intelligence corporation's website containing a document entitled: "Tartan Influence Model: Anarchist Groups." The document was published  by a corporation called Tartan Metrics, a division of the information security, cyberwar and surveillance company NTREPID -- a company that

Longtime Black Panther associate was FBI informant, report says

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Spy tech secretly embeds itself in phones, monitors and operates them from afar

In 2008, a Reston, VA based corporation called Oceans' Edge, Inc. applied for a patent. On March, 2012 the company's application for an advanced mobile snooping technology suite was approved.

Think Trapwire is bad? Meet the Air Force's newest surveillance project

Image: The ISIS camera configuration set-up at Logan airport in Boston, MA. Image courtesy the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Note: This post has been updated with images of the ISIS system taken from the patent application posted here.

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NYTimes misses the mark in Trapwire story

Pushing back the surveillance state: we must get behind these two bills

Things often seem so bad on the privacy front that it’s hard to imagine anything concrete that can be done to roll back surveillance. 

But one Member of Congress is trying to do exactly that.  And we should pressure our elected representatives to give him their support.

Trapwire and data mining: What we know

These days every news cycle brings us more thoroughly disturbing reasons to be concerned about pervasive digital monitoring in the United States. This week things got extra interesting with the revelation of an enormous, shadowy surveillance company with deep ties to the CIA: Trapwire exploded on the surveillance scene like a bat out of hell. And people are justifiably freaked out about it.

NSA whistleblower Bill Binney at HOPE 9

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NSA whistleblower and cryptographer William Binney gave the keynote at the 2012 HOPE conference in New York City. 

The "lawful interception" fig leaf obscures real state of surveillance

Last month I wrote about how cell phone spoofing technology manufacturers are hawking their goods to police departments, advertising the secret sniffing devices as ideal for covertly monitoring protests.

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