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Anonymous took down thousands of ISIS Twitter accounts

Anonymous, the group of online hactivists, has joined in the war on terror and has launched cyber attacks against ISIS. Breitbart reported that Anonymous declared war against ISIS over the weekend in response to the terrorist attacks in Paris. The group claimed that they had been tracking down the Twitter accounts of ISIS supporters, compiling them […]

MIT prof: New robotic limbs can “give ourselves new bodies”

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The end of disability will happen because of wearable bionic limbs. So argued Hugh Herr, an MIT professor who leads their biomechatronics research group, at a recent conference, according to Marketing Magazine.  “We will design nature and change nature under our own power. In the future people will be wearing robots … we will give […]

Goodbye Cable, Hello Mobile TV? Verizon launches “Go90” app

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Verizon wants to grab the attention of millennials, but they aren’t trying to sell phone subscription plans. Instead, Verizon has created Go90, a mobile video platform aimed to capture a demographic fleeing cable subscriptions and watching more video on mobile. The app, launched on Thursday, will be ad-supported and available to anyone who wants to […]

Snapchat’s Boehner Farewell Filter: Orange Enough?

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Those who have ever wanted John Boehner to appear in their selfie now have their chance. Snapchat users in the Washington, D.C. area can now commemorate the Speaker’s announced resignation with a special filter. The filter does bear a likeness to Boehner. Surprisingly, however, he is not crying. Rather, Boehner is shown golfing as an image […]

Government data breach expands, 5.6 million fingerprints stolen


A massive data breach at the Office of Personnel Management was bigger than originally thought as the government reported 5.6 million fingerprints were stolen. Initial reports estimated only 1.1 million fingerprints were stolen in the hack, according to Reason. A Washington Post report on the hack emphasizes that biometric data such as fingerprints have longer-term […]

Chuck Schumer proposes federal drone restrictions

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In a step forward for federal regulation of drones, Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) will introduce legislation that restricts drones from flying near airports and major public events. Schumer wants to limit drones within two miles of airports and flights above 500 feet, as well as limiting their use near sporting events, parades, and sensitive military […]

States take over drone regulation when federal government doesn’t

In this Aug. 14, 2015 photo, people look at displays at the dedication for Sinclair Community College's National UAS Training and Certification Center in Dayton, Ohio. The 28,000 square foot facility will provide space for research, development and hands on use of vehicles. Regional leaders say the renovated 28,000-square foot building will have around 120 drones on-site. The state provided about $4 million for the renovations. The college picked up the remaining $1 million.  (Lisa Powell/The Dayton Daily News via AP)  LOCAL PRINT OUT; LOCAL TELEVISION OUT; WKEF-TV OUT; WRGT-TV OUT; WDTN-TV OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT

States have begun drafting rules to regulate the use of drones to counter federal inaction, but it might lead to conflict when the federal government passes its own set of regulation. Until federal oversight has developed a set of rules, it has relied on more than 1,000 exemptions to cover the gap, according to Route […]

Police using mass surveillance tech for low-level crimes

An Aug. 6, 2015 photo shows surveillance cameras that were installed in the Hamilton parking structure in between Court and Hancock in Old Town Saginaw, Michigan on July 4, 2015.  (Andrew Whitaker/The Saginaw News via AP)

Mission creep has arrived for mass surveillance. An investigation by USA Today found that dozens of police departments have used phone trackers, known as stingrays, to solve low-level property crimes. The use has expanded from the rare to the routine. On top of it all, police departments have kept the use hidden from the general […]

Traffic Stops in Fargo: There’s an app for that

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The police department of Fargo, North Dakota is experimenting with a livestream for traffic stops, but not all is working out. Using Periscope, an app that lets anyone stream live video wherever they might be, the police department wanted to engage Fargo residents. But, according to Gizmodo, the initiative has been “an embarrassing failure.” When […]

More than 15,000 government emails discovered in Ashley Madison data dump

FILE - In this June 10, 2015 photo, Ashley Madison's Korean website is shown on a computer screen in Seoul, South Korea. Hackers claim to have leaked a massive database of users from Ashley Madison, a matchmaking website for cheating spouses. In a statement released Tuesday, Aug. 18, a group calling itself Impact Team said the site's owners had not bowed to their demands. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man, File)

Stemming from a data dump by hackers from, a site for extramarital affairs, more than 15,000 government emails tied to the site have been discovered. As reported in The Washington Post, Washington D.C. has topped an Ashley Madison list for most adulterous cities for three years and now we know why. The Hill noted […]

IRS data breach affected more than 300,000 taxpayers, twice as many as previously thought

FILE - In this April 13, 2014 file photo, the Internal Revenue Service Headquarters (IRS) building is seen in Washington. The IRS says thieves used an agency website to steal tax information from as many as 220,000 additional taxpayers. The agency first disclosed the breach in May. Monday’s revelation more than doubles the total number of potential victims, to 334,000.  (AP Photo/J. David Ake, File)

An IRS computer breach, first disclosed in May, is much worse than previously thought. The IRS announced at the end of May that thieves gained access to information on more than 100,000 taxpayers as part of a scheme to receive fraudulent tax returns. Now, however, the number of potential victims has increased to 334,000, more […]

White House refuses petition to pardon Edward Snowden, slamming his ‘dangerous’ actions

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Contrary to some recent reports, the White House is not softening on Snowden. On Tuesday, the administration responded to a “We the People” petition asking for clemency for Edward Snowden. The White House’s reply (which was, unsurprisingly, a “no”) slammed Snowden’s “dangerous decision” to “steal” information, and accused him of “running away from the consequences of […]

NSA promises to destroy old phone records–as soon as they’re done getting sued over them

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The NSA promises it’s going to destroy your phone records—just not quite yet. That’s the gist of the Obama administration’s announcement Monday that the NSA will eventually be required to get rid of all the records they collected under a since-expired metadata collection program. “As soon as possible, NSA will destroy the Section 215 bulk […]

Capitol Police no longer need probable cause for searches

In the future, trips to Capitol Hill might get a little more unpleasant: police will no longer need probable cause to search anyone on the premises, including the outdoor grounds.  Congressional officials ordered the new rules, which grant Capitol Police broad authority for searches, Roll Call reported. The new language reads, “At the direction of the […]

Officials panic when they can’t find a law banning this teen’s homemade gun-firing drone

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A few weeks, ago, 18-year-old Austin Haughwout of Clinton, Connecticut uploaded a video to Youtube of a gun-firing drone he had fashioned himself, allowing him to fire a semiautomatic handgun from an overhead drone. The video quickly went viral, receiving millions of views. Alarmed local and federal authorities are now investigating whether his invention breaks any […]

This former senator wants to see Edward Snowden publicly hanged

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Plenty of “national security” types are in favor of throwing Edward Snowden in prison—but one former senator decided to take things a bit further, and call for Snowden to be publicly hanged. According to The Hill, former Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.), once a ranking member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, enthuisiastically endorsed execution for Snowden […]

The TSA is getting sued over its failure to follow procedures for invasive body scanners

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The Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI), a libertarian think tank, is suing the TSA for “failing to follow basic required administrative procedures” before using invasive body scanners on passengers. The suit accuses the agency of neglecting their duty to publish rules and regulations for scanner use and open them up to public comment and judicial review. […]

Snowden documentary maker is suing the government for detaining and harassing her over 50 times

Dirk Wilutzky, from left, Laura Poitras and Glenn Greenwald accept the award for best documentary feature for “Citizenfour” at the Oscars on Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (Photo by John Shearer/Invision/AP)

Laura Poitras, the Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker who recorded the first meetings between Edward Snowden and journalist Glenn Greenwald, is suing the government over their “Kafkaesque harassment” of her at the U.S. border. “I’m filing this lawsuit because the government uses the U.S. border to bypass the rule of law,” Poitras said in a statement. “This […]

US: More than 21 million affected by government data breach

In this June 5, 2015, file photo, the Homeland Security Department headquarters in northwest Washington. The Obama administration says hackers stole Social Security numbers from more than 21 million people and took other sensitive information when government computer systems were compromised. The number affected by the breach is higher than the 14 million figure that investigators gave The Associated Press in June. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration says hackers stole Social Security numbers from more than 21 million people and took other sensitive information when government computer systems were compromised. The Office of Personnel Management says more than 19 million who had applied for background investigations were affected. The government also said nearly 2 million people […]

Holder says DOJ may strike a deal with Snowden; praises ‘necessary debate’ on NSA spying

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Is the Justice Department softening on Snowden?