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October 2, 2013
NSA ran secret test on tracking Americans' cell phones
The NSA, not content with its ever-expanding surveillance capabilities, was reportedly "testing" location tracking. The news came not from the Snowden leaks, but the U.S. Director of National Intelligence James Clapper.
Clapper described the test: "In 2010 and 2011 NSA received samples [of location data] in order to test the ability of its systems to handle the data format, but that data was not used for any other purpose and was never available for intelligence analysis purposes." But the NSA hadn't yet sought approval from the FISA court. That, he said, would come later.
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October 3, 2013
Unsealed docs show what really happened with Lavabit
In October, the reason behind Lavabit's shutdown became clear. While at the time he could not "legally share with you the events that led to my decision," the formerly sealed court order showed that secure email service owner Ladar Levison was forced to hand over the encryption keys behind the site. This would have given the federal authorities wide-ranging access to vast amounts of customer data. Levison was gagged from disclosing the court order to anyone.
- Read more: Unsealed docs show what really happened with Lavabit (ZDNet)
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October 4, 2013
NSA, GCHQ target Tor user to crack encrypted 'dark Web'
Enter yet another codename -- perhaps the strangest to date -- EGOTISTICAL GIRAFFE. New leaks showed how the American and British spy agencies have put together their resources to crack the "dark Web," otherwise known as Tor.
The encrypted, anonymous network may be part-funded by the U.S. Defense Dept. and the U.S. State Dept., but it's regular use by privacy-conscious users was enough to concern the NSA and GCHQ. While the intelligence agencies haven't been able to crack Tor outright, they have been able to "de-anonymize a very small fraction of Tor users," according to the documents.
- Read more: NSA sought to unmask users of Net-privacy tool Tor (CNET)
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Source: The Guardian