The NSA recently published a guide on how to limit location data exposure on your devices. Direct link to the PDF here.
The guidelines are geared more for government officials, but the advice itself can be useful for those hoping to stop sending so much location data to tech companies, ad firms, or apps that may then expose it later.
It’s a useful guide, albeit strict.
Charlotte Henry and John Martellaro join host Kelly Guimont to discuss malware bought and reused by the NSA, and the future of Mac processors.
Form 2015 to 2019 the National Security Agency (NSA) collected Americans’ domestic phone calls and texts. The program cost US$100 million but only one investigation was able to make use of that data.
Moreover, only twice during that four-year period did the program generate unique information that the F.B.I. did not already possess, said the study, which was produced by the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board and briefed to Congress on Tuesday.
“Based on one report, F.B.I. vetted an individual, but, after vetting, determined that no further action was warranted,” the report said. “The second report provided unique information about a telephone number, previously known to U.S. authorities, which led to the opening of a foreign intelligence investigation.”
Andrew Orr and Bryan Chaffin join host Kelly Guimont to discuss the latest 3% back offers on Apple Card, & a letter from the NSA in the NYT.
Glenn S. Gerstell, general counsel for the National Security Agency (NSA) published a letter in the New York Times, writing about how a “digital revolution threatens to upend our entire national security infrastructure.” He thinks backdoors into encryption is one answer (of course he doesn’t use the word backdoor), as well as the agency collecting even more data from citizens. Read his letter by clicking the link below, then read this take by Nefarious Laboratories.
Make no mistake, this letter is a thinly-veiled threat to every major corporation around the globe: provide the U.S. government with access to all of your data or else, “there is another path, and it is the one taken by authoritarian regimes around the world”.
Section 215 gives the NSA and FBI the power to collect the phone records of innocent Americans, and the NSA wants it to be permanent.
It absolutely infuriates me when agencies like the FBI, and governments like Australia, the U.S., Germany, and more want us to break encryption or circumvent it with a back door. As Mathew Gault writes, they are completely inept at securing data. Even the NSA, which likes to think it’s the “world leader in cryptology” got hacked.
Regular phone and internet users remain vulnerable, forced to take individual protective measures, like a poor wage-worker without health insurance who’s told to secure her nest egg by cutting out morning lattes.
The 2001 Patriot Act is up for renewal, and 39 privacy and civil rights groups are asking Congress to make changes to it.
A new law out of Congress could put an end to NSA phone surveillance. It’s called the Ending Mass Collection of Americans’ Phone Records Act.
The NSA has released its tool called Ghidra at the RSA Security Conference. It’s an open-source tool that helps security researchers examine malware code.
You can’t use Ghidra to hack devices; it’s instead a reverse engineering platform used to take “compiled,” deployed software and “decompile” it. In other words, it transforms the ones and zeros that computers understand back into a human-readable structure, logic, and set of commands that reveals what the software you churn through it does.
The NSA spying program that analyzed the calls and texts of American citizens has allegedly been shut down.
Christopher Augustine, an N.S.A. spokesman, told The New York Times in January that agency officials were “carefully evaluating all aspects” of the Freedom Act program, and were discussing its future. Mr. Augustine made clear that the White House would make the final call about whether to ask Congress to extend the Freedom Act.
I hope this is actually true. Now we need the GCHQ to not spy on us either.
During the 2018 midterm elections U.S. Cyber Command blocked internet access to Russians seeking to interfere.
The GCHQ wants Apple to secretly add the agency to iMessage chats and FaceTime calls, effectively creating a backdoor into encryption.
With homomorphic encryption, data could be encrypted and still worked with, greatly increasing security.
The U.S. National Security Agency is releasing a free and open source reverse engineering tool callee GHIDRA at the upcoming RSA security conference.
John Perry Barlow passed away in his sleep on Tuesday at the age of 70. I would venture to say that most people reading this have had their lives touched by Barlow in one way or another, though it’s quite possible most of you don’t even recognize his name. His life is so much more than just the sum of its parts, and each of those parts would be a lifetime accomplishment for most of us.
Dave Hamilton and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to talk about new Apple Watch workout types hidden in iOS 11, plus they share their thoughts on the NSA using stylometry to identify people.