The NSA Was Hacked, Snowden Documents Confirm

The NSA Was Hacked, Snowden Documents Confirm By Sam Biddle On Monday, a hacking group calling itself the “ShadowBrokers” announced an auction for what it claimed were “cyber weapons” made by the NSA. Based on never-before-published documents provided by the whistleblower Edward Snowden, The Intercept can confirm that…

Hacking tool leak came from “omnipotent” NSA-tied group

Hacking tool leak came from “omnipotent” NSA-tied group By Dan Goodin The leak over the weekend of advanced hacking tools contains digital signatures that are almost identical to software used by the state-sponsored Equation Group, according to a just-published report from security firm Kaspersky Lab. “While…

The twenty privacy principles they never taught you at school

The twenty privacy principles they never taught you at school By Simon Davies By Simon Davies GENERAL PRINCIPLES 1. Responsible organisations describe privacy as a “right”, unaware ones talk of it as a “value” and bad players lambast it as an “interest”. 2. Most people…

Should privacy advocates justify surveillance by measuring its benefits?

Should privacy advocates justify surveillance by measuring its benefits? By Simon Davies By Simon Davies A controversy has been slipping increasingly into the privacy realm over the past couple of years. It concerns the question of whether intrusive surveillance can be justified through its results….