Archive For The “Privacy” Category

Veterans group sues Pentagon for exposing troops’ private information | Miami Herald

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The Servicemembers Civil Relief Act website, which according to the Pentagon receives more than 2.3 billion searches a year, is mean to be used by authorized institutions like banks to confirm the active duty status that entitles service members to certain protections.

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Instead, the information is available to con artists and scammers who can use it to impersonate government or other officials and gain veterans’ trust by discussing details of their service that only authorized organizations would have.”


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How to Spy on a President | Boston Review

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Discussing President Trump’s weekend tweets accusing President Obama of wiretapping his phone calls during the campaign, Chuck Todd declared: “If it’s true, it’s an extraordinary political scandal, and if it’s not true, it’s an extraordinary political scandal.” In other words, either the Obama administration shredded the Constitution by eavesdropping on a candidate for the presidency, or there was no surveillance at all and the current president is hurling explosive lies.These, however, are not the only possibilities.

Source: How to Spy on a President | Boston Review

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Every Move You Make | Foreign Policy

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Over his two terms, Obama has created the most powerful surveillance state the world has ever seen. Although other leaders may have created more oppressive spying regimes, none has come close to constructing one of equivalent size, breadth, cost, and intrusiveness. From 22,300 miles in space, where seven Advanced Orion crafts now orbit; to a 1-million-square-foot building in the Utah desert that stores data intercepted from personal phones, emails, and social media accounts; to taps along the millions of miles of undersea cables that encircle the Earth like yarn, U.S. surveillance has expanded exponentially since Obama’s inauguration on Jan. 20, 2009.

Source: Every Move You Make | Foreign Policy

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Are all telephone calls recorded and accessible to the US government?   (well, hell yeah…. because freedom)

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Let’s repeat that last part: “no digital communication is secure”, by which he means not that any communication is susceptible to government interception as it happens (although that is true), but far beyond that: all digital communications – meaning telephone calls, emails, online chats and the like – are automatically recorded and stored and accessible to the government after the fact. To describe that is to define what a ubiquitous, limitless Surveillance State is.

Source: Are all telephone calls recorded and accessible to the US government? | Glenn Greenwald | World news | The Guardian

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Senator discussed Presidential campaign and Russia with Russian ambassador, U.S. intelligence intercepts show

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https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/sessions-discussed-trump-campaign-related-matters-with-russian-ambassador-us-intelligence-intercepts-show/2017/07/21/3e704692-6e44-11e7-9c15-177740635e83_story.html?utm_term=.5e5dccdb6fa6

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Over 14 Million Verizon Customers’ Data Exposed On Unprotected AWS Server

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The exposed data includes sensitive information of millions of customers, including their names, phone numbers, and account PINs (personal identification numbers), which is enough for anyone to access an individual’s account, even if the account is protected by two-factor authentication.

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Verizon says personal data of 6 million users leaked online | Charlotte Observer

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The error, a misconfigured security setting on a cloud server, made customer phone numbers, names and some PIN codes publicly available online, CNN Tech reported. PIN codes are used to confirm the identity of people who call for customer service, the media outlet said.


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Database of Over 198 Million U.S. Voters Left Exposed On Unsecured Server

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http://thehackernews.com/2017/06/us-voters-data-leaked.html?m=1

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Wyden Asks Spy Chief to Give Third Answer to Question About Domestic Surveillance

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The peculiar question and Coats’ response recalled Wyden’s 2013 questioning of James Clapper, Coats’ predecessor, who lied to Wyden by saying “no sir” and “not wittingly” in response to a question about mass surveillance. Clapper did not admit misleading lawmakers until after whistleblower Edward Snowden’s leaks.

https://www.usnews.com/news/articles/2017-06-15/ron-wyden-asks-dan-coats-to-give-third-answer-to-question-about-domestic-surveillance

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CIA Nominee Pompeo Grilled on Proposal for ‘Giant Database’ of Domestic Records | US News

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Mike Pompeo gave few details about his vision for the ‘comprehensive, searchable’ database including ‘financial and lifestyle information.’

https://www.usnews.com/news/articles/2017-01-12/cia-nominee-pompeo-grilled-on-proposal-for-giant-database-of-domestic-records

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