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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)
Image: U.S. Courts/Lavabit
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
October 4, 2013
U.S. gov't argues tech companies should not be allowed to report data request figures
Amid the ongoing battle of words between the U.S. government and the Silicon Valley giants, the latest round saw the Justice Dept. claim in a filing with the secretive FISA court that technology firms should not be allowed to disclose how many requests it makes to technology companies holding user data.
It argued that the decision to classify requests made under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) would "undermine the secrecy of the surveillance."
- Read more: U.S. gov't argues tech companies should not be allowed to report data request figures (ZDNet)
Image: Dept. of Justice