Items tagged with Edward Snowden

NSA whisteblower Edward Snowden has built a security app for Android phones that is mostly geared towards investigative journalists, human rights defenders, and people at risk of being kidnapped or even killed, though anyone with a mind towards security can use it. The app is called Haven, and it leverages the cameras, microphone, and various sensors on a phone to become a portable surveillance device. "Haven is for people who need a way to protect their personal spaces and possessions without compromising their own privacy. It is an Android application that leverages on-device sensors to provide monitoring and protection of physical spaces. Haven turns any Android phone into a motion, sound,... Read more...
Rather than work things out in private, the FBI has chosen to drag Apple through court and force its hand in providing technical assistance in cracking the security of an iPhone 5c model that belonged to one of the San Bernardino shooters. There's been a lot of posturing on both sides, and with regards to the FBI, former NSA contractor turned whistleblower Edward Snowden says the agency is fully capable of unlocking the phone without Apple's help. Snowden is the latest high profile individual to offer up commentary in the feud between the FBI and Apple. He's also uniquely qualified to discuss what the FBI is and isn't capable of doing, as he was the one who leaked thousands of documents and data... Read more...
Former NSA contractor turned whistle blower Edward Snowden is a fan of Signal, a secure messaging app developed by Frederic Jacobs (iOS version). Snowden revealed on Twitter last November that he uses signal every day, which is a pretty strong endorsement considering his current situation. That's good news for Apple because Jacobs is joining the Cupertino outfit later this summer."I'm delighted to announce that I accepted an offer to be working with the CoreOS security team at Apple this summer," Jacobs posted to Twitter on Thursday. His move to Apple comes two and half years spent working for Whisper Systems, the company that owns Signal. This is a big hire for Apple, to say the least.It's not... Read more...
There are trolls, and then there are trolls. Jon Hendren is an Epic Troll, and his performance today on a segment of HLN’s “The Daily Share” will go down in history as one of the greatest live interview hijacks in recent memory. But we can’t say that HLN producers weren’t forewarned about what could possibly happen; after all, Hendren’s Twitter handle is @fart. Hmm…. The actual segment started off innocent enough, with show host Yasmin Vossoughian presenting an intro on how Edward Snowden joined Twitter yesterday to great fanfare, amassing over one million followers within 24 hours: Can you hear me now? — Edward Snowden (@Snowden) September 29, 2015 The show’s host then goes on to interview Hendren,... Read more...
Edward Snowden, a former contractor for the National Security Agency who leaked confidential documents and information to the press regarding the U.S. government's PRISM program, says he has never been "so wrong," and for that he's "grateful." Let's add some context, shall we? Snowden says he was wrong to worry that his efforts and the risk he and the journalists who broke the story over the NSA's bulk collection of phone records would have been for nothing, "that the public would react with indifference, or practiced cynicism, to the revelations." "Never have I been so grateful to have been so wrong," Snowden said as part of an editorial celebrating the recent forced expiration... Read more...
Edward Snowden, former contractor for the National Security Agency (NSA) who blew the whistle on the U.S. government's spying efforts by disclosing thousands of classified documents -- is he a hero for what he did, a traitor, or something else? It's a discussion point that may be debated for decades for come, and is certainly being talked about now. Both Bill Gates and Steve Wozniak have an opinion on the matter, which they recently shared publicly. In an interview with Rolling Stones, the co-founder of Microsoft was critical of Snowden's actions, or at least the way he went about them. As a result, Gates has a hard time characterizing the former Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) employee a hero.... Read more...