Along the lines of the amplituhedron, above, what would you say was the top scientific discovery or technological breakthrough of 2013?
The FBI has some new crime-fighting technology in its collective utility belt. FBI-employed hackers can now infect suspects’ computers with malware that will allow investigators to download whatever they might find.
This process, which still requires a court order, takes wiretapping to a new level. [Read more…]
Apparently terrorists, military operatives, and spies in real life also like to pretend that they are terrorists, military operatives, and spies. So the National Security Administration (NSA) and the British equivalent (GCHQ) have been monitoring online games and spying on gamers. [Read more…]
He knows when you’ve been sleeping. He knows when you’re away. He knows if you’ve been bad or good. So be good for goodness sake. Apparently, Santa Clause works for the NSA. He also knows who you associate with. And where you are.
This story from the Washington Post (after the jump) tells how the National Security Administration uses massive data from cell phones to not only track suspected terrorists but to identify other suspected terrorists based on the numbers they frequently call. They can also use cell phone data to determine where these people are at any given time! (Combine that with drone technology. . . .)
The information about what the NSA is capable of doing with cell phone data is fascinating. You can see how it is a potent anti-terrorism tool. But imagine how a government could use this technology to trace, say, a dissident political network. [Read more…]
According to a document leaked by Edward Snowden, the NSA has been tracking visits to porn sites and other questionable activities as a way to discredit or perhaps blackmail suspected Muslim terrorists. Read about it after the jump. Is this a brilliant tactic that should be expanded to combat the pornography plague or a dangerous precedent-setting invasion of privacy? Or what? [Read more…]