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Yahoo’s Very Bad Idea to Release Email Addresses

Yahoo’s Very Bad Idea to Release Email AddressesYahoo is releasing inactive Yahoo IDs so that users can score a better email address. This means you can finally have albert@yahoo.com instead of albert9330399@yahoo.com, for example. Sounds great, right?  read more »

Microsoft Launches $100K Bug Bounty Program

Microsoft Launches $100K Bug Bounty ProgramAfter years of benefiting from the bug bounty programs of other companies, Microsoft is finally stepping into the bug bounty business itself by offering three new programs to encourage and compensate researchers who find vulnerabilities in the company's software.  read more »

FBI Admits It Surveils U.S. With Drones

FBI Admits It Surveils U.S. With DronesFBI Director Robert Mueller said today the bureau was surveilling the United States with drones.  read more »

The Metadata Is the Message — And It Can’t Lie

The Metadata Is the Message — And It Can’t LieWith today’s communications technology, is metadata really less revealing than content?  read more »

Justice Department Fought to Conceal NSA’s Role in Terror Case From Defense Lawyers

Justice Department Fought to Conceal NSA’s Role in Terror Case From Defense LawyersWhen a senior FBI official told Congress the role the NSA's secret surveillance apparatus played in a San Diego terror financing case today, nobody was more surprised to hear it than the defense attorney who fought a long and futile ...  read more »

Google Challenges FISA Gag Orders on Free Speech Grounds

Google Challenges FISA Gag Orders on Free Speech GroundsGoogle filed a legal challenge today against gag orders that come with the FISA court orders it receives from the FBI and NSA, on grounds that the silence orders impinge on the company's First Amendment rights to speak freely about ...  read more »

The NSA Hearing, by the Numbers

The NSA Hearing, by the NumbersA federal hearing today on NSA surveillance programs leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden produced some interesting numbers about the scope of the data collections and other issues.  read more »

NSA Disruption of Stock Exchange Bomb Plot Disputed

NSA Disruption of Stock Exchange Bomb Plot DisputedDid the government really disrupt a bomb plot targeting the New York Stock Exchange?  read more »

How Hijackers Commandeered Over 130 American Planes — In 5 Years

How Hijackers Commandeered Over 130 American Planes — In 5 Yearsbook excerpt The Skies Belong to Us: Love and Terror in the Golden Age of Hijacking by Brendan I.  read more »