Cellphones: fair game for cops?

Apr 28, 2014

Cellphones: fair game for cops?

Two U.S. Supreme Court cases about police searches of mobile phones without warrants present vastly different views of the ubiquitous device. Is it a critical tool for a criminal, or is it an American’s virtual home? How the justices answer that question could determine ...

Apr 25, 2014

FBI informant linked to hacking of foreign websites: report

A hacker who became an informant for the FBI directed hundreds of cyberattacks against the websites of foreign governments, including Brazil, Iran, Pakistan, Syria and Turkey, The New York Times reported Thursday. It was unclear whether the FBI explicitly ordered the digital attacks, but ...

Google Maps offers its viewers a fresh twist on time travel

Apr 24, 2014

Google Maps offers its viewers a fresh twist on time travel

Trips down memory lane are now available on Google’s digital maps. The twist on time travel debuted Wednesday as part of the “Street View” feature in Google Maps, which attracts more than 1 billion visitors each month. Street View snapshots will now include an ...

Pulitzers uphold watchdog tradition

Apr 15, 2014

Pulitzers uphold watchdog tradition

Coverage of the National Security Agency’s sweeping surveillance program that won the Pulitzer Prize for public service Monday follows a tradition of bucking the U.S. government on top secret intelligence matters. Revelations about the NSA’s secret collection of information about Americans’ phone and email ...

Washington Post, Guardian win Pulitzers for NSA spying revelations

Apr 15, 2014

Washington Post, Guardian win Pulitzers for NSA spying revelations

The Washington Post and The Guardian won the Pulitzer Prize in public service Monday for revealing the U.S. government’s sweeping surveillance programs in a blockbuster series of stories based on secret documents supplied by NSA leaker Edward Snowden. The Pulitzer for breaking news was ...

Apr 12, 2014

Reporters who blew cover on NSA return to U.S. for journalism awards

Two reporters central to revealing the U.S. government’s massive surveillance effort returned to the United States on Friday for the first time since the story broke and used the occasion to praise their exiled source: Edward Snowden. Glenn Greenwald and Laura Poitras of The ...

NSA infiltrated Internet security firm more deeply than thought: study

Apr 1, 2014

NSA infiltrated Internet security firm more deeply than thought: study

Security industry pioneer RSA adopted not just one but two encryption tools developed by the U.S. National Security Agency, greatly increasing the spy agency’s ability to eavesdrop on some Internet communications, according to a team of academic researchers. Reuters reported in December that the ...

Mar 30, 2014

Governments hacking media: Google experts

Twenty-one of the world’s 25 leading news organizations have been the target of likely government-sponsored hacking attacks, according to research by two Google security engineers. While many Internet users face attacks via email designed to steal personal data, journalists are “massively overrepresented” among such ...

The 'golden age' of encryption?

Mar 29, 2014

The 'golden age' of encryption?

Investors are pumping millions of dollars into encryption as unease about data security drives a rising need for ways to keep unwanted eyes away from personal and corporate information. Major data breaches at Target and other retailers have made data security a boardroom issue ...

Snowden intel in Russian hands: top U.S. lawmaker

Mar 26, 2014

Snowden intel in Russian hands: top U.S. lawmaker

Much of the classified data smuggled out last year by fugitive intelligence contractor Edward Snowden has likely been obtained by Russian intelligence officials, a U.S. lawmaker warned Tuesday. “Ninety-five percent of the information he took, by the way, was related to military, both tactical ...