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How Technical Glitches Foiled the Russian Sleeper Spies

Spying for Russia can be a hard life. The feds are on your trail, always trying to find out who you’re meeting with and talking to.

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Kevin Mitnick Rates Today's Blackhats

Kevin Mitnick was hacking when the LulzSec kids were still in training pants.

DARPA Wants to Master the Science of Propaganda
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DARPA Wants to Master the Science of Propaganda

Mark Twain once tried to distinguish between the storyteller’s art and tales that a machine could generate. He observed that stringing "incongruities and absurdities...

Idaho Lab in a Race to Shore Up Critical Infrastructure Systems
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Idaho Lab in a Race to Shore Up Critical Infrastructure Systems

All it took was one click of a mouse from the CEO of the ACME Chemical company.

Army Tracking Plan: Drones That Never Forget a Face
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Army Tracking Plan: Drones That Never Forget a Face

Perhaps the idea of spy drones already makes your nervous. Maybe you’re uncomfortable with the notion of an unblinking, robotic eye in the sky that can watch...

Supreme Court Docket: Surveillance, Profanity, and Thought Patents
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Supreme Court Docket: Surveillance, Profanity, and Thought Patents

The Supreme Court’s 2011–2012 term began Oct. 3 with arguments on the docket concerning everything from television profanity to warrantless GPS surveillance.

Which Telecoms Store Your Data the Longest? Secret Memo Tells All
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Which Telecoms Store Your Data the Longest? Secret Memo Tells All

The nation’s major mobile-phone providers are keeping a treasure trove of sensitive data on their customers, according to newly released Justice Department internal...

Net Neutrality Rules Published, Lawsuits Soon to Follow
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Net Neutrality Rules Published, Lawsuits Soon to Follow

The FCC has finally officially published long-delayed rules prohibiting cable, DSL, and wireless internet companies from blocking Web sites and requiring them...

Inside Facebook's Bid to Reinvent Music, News, and Everything
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Inside Facebook's Bid to Reinvent Music, News, and Everything

Earlier this year, Daniel Ek, the CEO of the music service Spotify, was in a car with Mark Zuckerberg. Ek was visiting the Facebook founder in California while...

Feds, Eff Clash in Appeals Court Hearing on Nsa Spying
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Feds, Eff Clash in Appeals Court Hearing on Nsa Spying

A three-judge federal appeals court grilled government and civil rights lawyers while entertaining arguments here Wednesday concerning dozens of dismissed lawsuits...

Why Has BlackBerry Been Blamed for the London Riots?
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Why Has BlackBerry Been Blamed for the London Riots?

The whole of London is taking stock after outbreaks of violence and looting across the capital. Ealing, Camden, Peckham, Clapham, Lewisham, Woolwich, and Hackney...

Diy Spy Drone Sniffs Wi-Fi, Intercepts Phone Calls
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Diy Spy Drone Sniffs Wi-Fi, Intercepts Phone Calls

What do you do when the target you’re spying on slips behind his home-security gates and beyond your reach? Launch your personal, specially equipped WASP drone—short...

Researchers Expose Cunning Online Tracking Service That Can
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Researchers Expose Cunning Online Tracking Service That Can

Researchers at U.C. Berkeley have discovered that some of the net's most popular sites are using a tracking service that can't be evaded—even when users block...

Here's How U.s. Spies Will Find You Through Your Pics
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Here's How U.s. Spies Will Find You Through Your Pics

Iarpa, the intelligence community’s way-out research shop, wants to know where you took that vacation picture over the Fourth of July. It wants to know where...

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Document: Fbi Surveillance Geeks Fear, Love New Gadgets

Can't wait for 4G to become the ubiquitous standard for mobile communication? On the edge of your seat for the unveiling of Microsoft's secret Menlo Project and...

Researchers Say Vulnerabilities Could Let Hackers Spring Prisoners From Cells
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Researchers Say Vulnerabilities Could Let Hackers Spring Prisoners From Cells

Vulnerabilities in electronic systems that control prison doors could allow hackers or others to spring prisoners from their jail cells, according to researchers...

How Digital Detectives Deciphered Stuxnet, the Most Menacing Malware in History
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How Digital Detectives Deciphered Stuxnet, the Most Menacing Malware in History

It was January 2010, and investigators with the International Atomic Energy Agency had just completed an inspection at the uranium enrichment plant outside Natanz...

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Spies Want to Mine Your Tweets For Signs of the Next Tsunami

The intelligence community has seen the future, and the future is Google Trends. Actually, more like a highly sophisticated version of Google Trends, with Twitter...

One Brain, Hundreds of Eyes: DARPA Plots Manhunt Master Controller
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One Brain, Hundreds of Eyes: DARPA Plots Manhunt Master Controller

Thought military tracking technology couldn’t get any creepier? Hold onto your tinfoil hats and hide behind the nearest curtain because the next generation of...

Bill Would Keep Big Brother's Mitts Off Your Gps Data
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Bill Would Keep Big Brother's Mitts Off Your Gps Data

The reauthorization of the Patriot Act looks like a forgone conclusion. But next month, a bipartisan band of legislators will try to mitigate a different kind...
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