National Security Agency

The State Monopoly On DDoS
Particularly troubling, there’s no indication NSA or GCHQ believe they need warrants to exercise their monopoly on hacks against their own citizens. Read more...
PCLOB Adopts The Drip Drip Drip Approach, Too
PCLOB (Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board) will release a report on the phone dragnet today calling the program illegal. Read more...
Senator Bernie Sanders Asks NSA If They're Spying On Congress
The NSA has not yet directly responded to a letter from Sen. Bernie Sanders asking if members of Congress were part of its dragnet. The agency, however, did not rule it out in a statement to journalists. Read more...
Report: NSA Building Code-Cracking Quantum Computer
The effort to build “a cryptologically useful quantum computer” -- a machine exponentially faster than classical computers-- is part of a $79.7 million research program called “Penetrating Hard Targets.” Read more...
Glenn Greenwald: The NSA Can 'Literally Watch Every Keystroke You Make'
On Sunday, the German publication Der Spiegel revealed new details about secretive hacking—a secretive hacking unit inside the NSA called the Office of Tailored Access Operations, or TAO. Read more...

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Bush-Appointed Judge Rules NSA Phone Program Unconstitutional
A federal judge ruled today that the NSA phone program appears to run afoul of the Fourth Amendment prohibition on unreasonable searches and seizures. Read more...
Report: NSA Spied On World Of Warcraft
According to reports, agents infiltrated 'World of Warcraft' and 'Second Life,' looking to stop terrorist attacks. Read more...
Jon Stewart Rips Congress For Pretending They're Shocked Over NSA Spying
The Daily Show's Jon Stewart took members of Congress who voted for the Patriot Act to task for having the nerve to pretend they are now shocked at the activities going on at the NSA. Read more...
The agency, President Obama, and members of Congress have all said NSA spying programs have thwarted more than 50 terrorist plots. But there's no evidence the claim is true. Read more...
The U.S. government has never publicly acknowledged killing Hassan Ghul, identified as an Al Qaeda operative and close associate of Osama Bin Laden. Documents provided to the Washington Post by Edward Snowden confirm that he died in October 2012, along with revelations of the NSA’s involvement in the targeted killing program. Read more...