A broad program of constant observation/interception of communications and behavior of individuals and organizations by state and (rarely) non-state actors, including foreign and domestic intelligence agencies.

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What is going on with my download of the recent Apple security update?

The update in question is the Mavericks combined update which, among other things, claims to fix the recent SSL vulnerability/gaping hole. This issue really annoyed me, so I decided to procure ...
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airgap a smartphone?

im looking to use my smartphone purely as a portable computer, with no network functionality in order to protect my privacy, is removing the sim cards from it enough to airgap it or do i need to go ...
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Indirectly relaying intranet server to outside world

I have an internal network of IP network cameras. The feeds from these cameras are ingested by a single server and presented from a unified web interface both internally and to the outside world (both ...
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Tor traffic correlation attacks by global adversaries

I recently came across a paper called "Users Get Routed: Traffic Correlation on Tor by Realistic Adversaries" (Aaron Johnson et al) ... which seems to be saying that adversaries (like the NSA) that ...
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Is my ISP BGP/DNS hijacking?

I've noticed some very suspicious activity from my ISP. Sometimes I would notice that when I ping google.com it would resolve to an IP which is owned by my ISP. I currently don't have an example ...
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What steps remain for a robust, neutral and surveillance-proof Internet? [closed]

Recent leaks about widespread NSA surveillance have brought privacy and security to the forefront of the public consciousness as we strive to determine best practices in governance for the Internet ...
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Surveillance: blocking laptop's microphone from spying on you?

It is a known fact that your laptop camera can be hacked to spy on you. While the most often mentioned remedy is very low tech yet effective, everyone seems to omit the fact that the microphone can be ...
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Best practices for Tor use, in light of released NSA slides

It has been known in the security community that a tool as versatile as Tor is likely the target of intense interest from intelligence agencies. While the FBI has admitted responsibility for a Tor ...
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If we can no longer trust NIST, what are viable alternatives? [closed]

Regarding the Guardian article about NSA control over encryption, there was this gem deep inside: Independent security experts have long suspected that the NSA has been introducing weaknesses into ...
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Did US and UK spy agencies defeat privacy and security on the internet?

This question is meant as a canonical question in regard to the US and UK spy agencies compromising end nodes and encryption between nodes to spy on people they suspect to be terrorists. However, this ...
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Is PGP combined with a regular web-based email service secure?

With the disappearance of private email services like Lavabit and Tormail (http://www.dailydot.com/news/email-anonymous-hushmail-lavabit-nsa/) it seems that we will need to resort back to standard ...
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What expectation of privacy is there with US-based vendors with the LavaBit and SilentCircle shutdown?

Lavabit hosts a secure messaging service that was recently shut down. Likewise SilentCircle has preemptively done the same thing with their email-based service. It seems that the justification for ...
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Does excluding Tor nodes by country improve privacy? [closed]

Here's the situation: the government of West Nauru is known to run a lot of TOR exit nodes and to collect a lot of data on the traffic, using extra large arithmometers to collate & correlate ...
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Does the NSA X-Keyscore apply for HTTPS traffic? [closed]

See X-Keyscore: NSA tool collects "nearly everything a user does on the internet". http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/jul/31/nsa-top-secret-program-online-data Does anyone have a clue how they ...
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Speed of key generation - Is old hardware safer?

I'm currently generating a new gpg cryptographic key, and I'm using a new laptop for this. I can notice that the key generation step, which involves the random generation, is extremely quick, while I ...
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Single point of failure: can US government requests for passwords be a vector for attack?

In recent news, CNET has reported requests for passwords, hashing and/or encryption algorithms and salts from U.S. government agencies: The U.S. government has demanded that major Internet ...
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Is there any security benefit of not using email services recently associated with PRISM?

After the recent disclosure of several major email providers cooperating with NSA, is there any real security benefit of not using these email services and choose some alternative instead? Such as ...
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Tor and regular browser side by side. Does that make sense?

Can I use a Tor browser session and a regular Firefox session side by side without corrupting the security of the Tor session? E.g. when I download a new Eclipse version or when I'm searching for ...
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Is personal email hosting really secure?

One of my friends has his own personal email hosting. Let's assume for the sake of argument that it is "secure", meaning that no third party can read the emails in his server either through hacking or ...
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What can PRISM know about me or anyone in general? [duplicate]

So the American government is probably caching this question with their PRISM project together with other online data about me and they might have access to my email, facebook, google page, etc. ...
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Can a VPN avoid the Prism Surveillance Programme?

This is causing me major concern and i can understand it is for a lot of users as well. I have nothing to hide but it's the moral aspect of snooping which has ticked me off. Can a VPN avoid the ...
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What are the implications of NSA surveillance on the average internet user?

It would appear as though the tinfoil hat-wearing were vindicated today, as news broke of the true scale of the U.S. government's surveillance of its citizens' online activities, conducted primarily ...