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Philip Bump

Philip Bump
Philip Bump is a writer at The Wire.
Data

Rand Paul Sues the NSA in the Most Elaborate Email Collection Scheme in History

The senator will announce a class action suit against the agency for unconstitutionally scooping up Americans' telephone call data.

CIO Briefing

NSA on Text Messages: 'A Goldmine to Exploit'

NSA and British partners collect 194 million texts a day.

Cybersecurity

NSA Hacked Google and Yahoo's Private Networks

The agency accessed fiber optic connections between servers, Snowden documents show.

Cybersecurity

How to Keep NSA From Getting Between You and Your Googling

There are ways around the man in the middle.

IT Modernization

When Yahoo Gives User Data to Governments, Mapped

Company was the only tech firm to fight NSA order to proved sweeping access.

Cybersecurity

Yes, the NSA Hacked Encryption — But You Have a Defense

You should be using different encryption anyway if you're concerned about privacy.

Cybersecurity

How the NSA Made Sure It Can Decrypt Your Online Communication

Agency, companies add vulnerabilities to secure traffic, Snowden docs show.

Data

What Can We Learn from the Numbers That Slipped by NSA Censors?

The actual data is obscured behind black bars — except on one pie chart that appears to give more information on the program than the NSA has ever released publicly.

CIO Briefing

The Court That May Evaluate NSA Surveillance Hasn't Yet 'Gotten to Email'

Supreme Court justices may not know the difference between the subject field and the message body.

CIO Briefing

NSA Searches 10 Times as Much of the Internet as It Said

The error was the result of bad math.

Data

Larry Ellison, NSA Database Supplier, Approves of NSA Surveillance

Ellison, co-founder and CEO of Oracle, appeared on an interview with CBS.

CIO Briefing

Update: Now We Know Why Googling 'Pressure Cookers' and 'Backpacks' Gets a Visit from the Cops

Joint terrorism task force shows up at the house of a couple who happened to search for both terms in the same time period.

CIO Briefing

Here's Everything Microsoft Is Letting the Government See

NSA has privileged access to Outlook, SkyDrive and Skype.

CIO Briefing

Analysis: The State Department Isn't Great at the Internet

The department's Bureau of International Information Programs' focuses too much on getting Facebook likes, according to the Inspector General.

Emerging Tech

Customs and Border Protection Wants to Arm Drones

Agency is close to finalizing payload standards, documents show.

CIO Briefing

The Troubling Data Behind America's Growing Wildfires

Fires are getting bigger and often deadlier.

Cybersecurity

Snowden Went to Booz Allen to Steal Files

His reported admission raises questions about where else he may have acquired data.

Data

The NSA Guidelines for Spying on You Are Looser Than You've Been Told

These documents are particularly significant given the repeated recent insistences that the government does all it can to minimize collection of Americans' data.