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The Target Data Hack Cost Banks More Than $200 Million

February 18, 2014 The gargantuan theft of data from credit and debit cards used at Target stores during last year's holiday shopping season is now believed to have cost financial institutions more than $200 million, according to self-reported estimates released Tuesday. The new numbers are an uptick from earlier calculations. The Consumer Bankers...

U.S. Spied on More Than 300,000 AT&T Customers in 2013

February 18, 2014 AT&T received 301,816 demands for customer data from local, state, and federal law-enforcement officials in 2013, the company announced Tuesday in its first-ever transparency report. AT&T's report comes a month after Verizon announced comparable numbers, making it the first major phone company to divulge such detailed statistics on the government's...

Senators Want to Help You Kill Your iPhone

February 14, 2014 What would it take for you to kill your iPhone? Congress may soon make it easier for you perform such a technological execution. A quartet of Democratic senators introduced legislation this week that would mandate smartphones come equipped with a "kill switch" that owners could activate in the event their...

How Did Snowden Steal Millions of Documents? He Had Help

February 13, 2014 We finally know how Edward Snowden pulled off one of the greatest thefts of classified documents in government history. And he had some help. The former National Security Agency contractor was aided by three agency "affiliates" in accessing and downloading what have come to be known as the Snowden files,...

Snowden Had Help

February 13, 2014 We finally know how Edward Snowden pulled off one of the greatest thefts of classified documents in government history. And he had some help. The former National Security Agency contractor was aided by three agency "affiliates" in accessing and downloading what have come to be known as the Snowden files,...

Here’s How Hackers Stole 110 Million Americans’ Data From Target

February 12, 2014 More than 110 million Target customers had their credit-card information stolen because at least one employee of a heating and air-conditioning contractor succumbed to an email phishing scheme, cybersecurity blogger Brian Krebs reported Wednesday. The revelation, if true, is the strongest indication yet of what went wrong since Krebs first...

Obama’s NSA Is Lying About Spying on Congress, Lamakers Charge

February 12, 2014 A trio of lawmakers are furious that members of Congress are potentially subject to the National Security Agency's bulk collection of phone records, and they're convinced the Obama administration is still lying to them. Republican Reps. Darrell Issa and Jim Sensenbrenner joined with Democrat Jerrold Nadler on an anti-NSA letter...

Coalition of Google, Facebook, and Other Tech Giants Joins Mass NSA Protest

February 11, 2014 Google, Microsoft, Facebook, and other tech titans collectively added their names Monday to a growing list of websites and organizations supporting a digital day of protest Tuesday against the National Security Agency's spy programs. The Reform Government Surveillance coalition—which also includes AOL, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Yahoo—is the most prominent addition...

The Internet Strikes Back Against the NSA on Feb. 11

February 6, 2014 Circle Feb. 11 on your calendar. You're going to notice something a little different when browsing the Internet that day. Thousands of civil-liberty and online-freedom groups and websites will take to the digital streets next week to wage a coordinated war against the National Security Agency's spying powers, a battle...

The Internet's Anti-NSA Revolt Starts Tuesday

February 6, 2014 Circle Feb. 11 on your calendar. You're going to notice something a little different when browsing the Internet that day. Thousands of civil-liberty and online-freedom groups and websites will take to the digital streets next week to wage a coordinated war against the National Security Agency's spying powers, a battle...