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Shhhh! Password! 37 Million Adulterers Hacked

Written by Gary North on August 22, 2015

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The Ashley Madison site had over 37 million adulterers or wannabes signed up. That is a huge number of people to subscribe to any site. The hackers threatened the company with exposure of these accounts if the company did not shut down the site. The company didn’t. The hackers have now posted the account data […]

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Hello, Windows 10. Goodbye, Privacy.

Posted on August 1, 2015

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And you thought Google was snoopy! I always find it interesting when Microsoft ships a new product. They have a long history of forgetting about security and privacy. The reason may be business, or perhaps the influence of law enforcement or nation states. In either case here is a summary of the landmines individuals and […]

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Pre-Crime: “No Saved History, Defrag Automatically”

Written by Gary North on June 13, 2015

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For years, I have set my browser not to save any history of my searching. For years, I have set Windows 7 to defragment my hard disk once a week. Now I learn this. In 2010 David Kernell, a University of Tennessee student, was convicted under Sarbanes-Oxley after he deleted digital records that showed he […]

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Neocon Outrage: Rand “Hangs Up” on NSA

Written by Gary North on June 2, 2015

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Neocons in the Senate are furious. Rand Paul last week filibustered the NSA’s eavesdropping program into at least temporary oblivion. It sank into the sunset on Sunday night. It had to be renewed before midnight. It wasn’t. The NSA saw it coming. On Sunday afternoon, it pulled the order from America’s phone companies to supply […]

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The NSA and Your License Plate

Posted on May 2, 2015

A year after the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) scuttled plans to build its own nationwide database of vehicle license plate data, the agency is seeking bids from private contractors to provide the agency access to the same information. DHS canceled last year’s plan in the wake of TSA domestic spying revelations and subsequent outrage […]

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Reagan’s Law Lets the Feds Search Your Old Emails

Written by Gary North on February 12, 2015

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If an email you sent is over 180 days old, the federal government has legal access to it. No warrant is required. This has been true since 1986. If they are any server, anywhere, they are fair game. You say no one told you? Of course no one told you. Privacy? What a quaint concept. […]

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Turning Off the NSA’s Water

Posted on January 29, 2015

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In eight states, legislators are pushing bills they hope will either boot National Security Agency facilities or ban the agency from setting up shop. The bills would prohibit state and local governments from offering material support to the agency, including use of public utilities that carry water and electricity. Two of the bills would criminalize […]

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How the Drug Enforcement Administration Monitored Our Phone Calls

Posted on January 19, 2015

A new document reveals that the U.S. Department of Justice secretly kept track of Americans’ calls to foreign countries for more than a decade to track drug trafficking and other criminal activities. The new database of stored calls was described in a filing Thursday in the case of a man accused of conspiring to unlawfully […]

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NSA’s Parisian Deliverance

Posted on January 13, 2015

The push to reform the National Security Agency isn’t getting any easier. After a reform bill was narrowly blocked on the Senate floor late last year, civil libertarians hoped that an upcoming deadline to reauthorize some of the spy agency’s controversial powers would give them another opportunity to force changes. But the attacks in Paris […]

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Your Car Is Spying on You

Written by Gary North on December 11, 2014

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You know about the “black box” (actually orange) that is on every jetliner. This lets the government know what happened after a crash. You know — the four boxes that somehow were never recovered in the 9-11 investigations. Remember now? Well, your car has one. Your car tracks you, if you have a new car. […]

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