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  • Boundless Informant: the NSA's secret tool to track global surveillance data
    The Guardian has acquired top-secret documents about the NSA datamining tool, called Boundless Informant, that details and even maps by country the voluminous amount of information it collects from computer and telephone networks.

    The focus of the internal NSA tool is on counting and categorizing the records of communications, known as metadata, rather than the content of an email or instant message.

  • TorBirdy :: Add-ons for Thunderbird
    This extension configures Thunderbird to make connections over the Tor anonymity network.
  • The top 3 myths about the recent surveillance revelations | Open Geography
    Locational metadata is by itself a critical insight into activity. Indeed there is a whole field of intelligence analysis known as Activity-based Intelligence” or ABI, that is a key part of intelligence, including geographical intelligence (GEOINT) that relies on geolocational data. A recent paper (pdf) by a joint team of investigators from MIT, Harvard and Louvain recently showed that they could uniquely identify an individual 95 percent of the time from a large, anonymized dataset, knowing just four pieces of metadata. So if I know where you are just four times, I can almost certainly uniquely identify you even if personal identifiers are stripped (as there are not in the Verizon order). Then I can track you, see who you interact with, for how long, and build a pretty good picture that will at least get me a subpoena (which, remember, requires less evidence than a warrant).
  • heise online – NSA-Netzspionage: Großbritannien schnüffelte offenbar mit
    Laut diesen Unterlagen soll der GCHQ seit 2010 Zugang zu dem den Schnüffelprogramm der NSA gehabt haben. Insgesamt 197 Berichte sollen mittels darüber gesammelter Informationen erstellt worden sein. Dank Prism konnte der Geheimdienst offenbar auch die üblichen Rechtswege umgehen, um personenbezogene Informationen von Internetfirmen außerhalb Großbritanniens abzufragen.
  • heise online – Bericht: NSA erhält neben Telefondaten auch Kreditkartendaten
    Der US-Geheimdienst NSA sammelt auch die Telefondaten der Kunden von AT&T und Sprint Nextel, sowie Metadaten über E-Mails, Internetsuchen und Kreditkartenzahlungen.