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Who Tracks the Trackers that Track You Online? You Can, with Lightbeam.
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Who Tracks the Trackers that Track You Online? You Can, with Lightbeam.

When your browser landed on this article, it didn't just talk to the friendly servers at washingtonpost.com.

Here's Why the Feds Didn't Have More Skilled Programmers For Healthcare.gov
From ACM Opinion

Here's Why the Feds Didn't Have More Skilled Programmers For Healthcare.gov

HealthCare.gov, the Web site at the center of President Obama's federal health insurance exchange, has been plagued with problems since it opened for business Oct...

NSA Collects Millions of Email Address Books Globally
From ACM TechNews

NSA Collects Millions of Email Address Books Globally

The U.S. National Security Agency harvests hundreds of millions of contact lists from personal email and instant messaging accounts worldwide.

Here's Everything You Should Know About Nsa Address Book Spying in One Faq
From ACM News

Here's Everything You Should Know About Nsa Address Book Spying in One Faq

A new report from The Washington Post, based on documents provided by whistleblower Edward Snowden, reveals that the National Security Agency is collecting hundreds...

Nsa Chief Defends Collecting Americans' Data
From ACM Opinion

Nsa Chief Defends Collecting Americans' Data

The head of the National Security Agency delivered a vigorous defense Wednesday of his agency's collection of Americans' phone records for counterterrorism purposes...

Alan Turing’s Story Could Be Rebooted By Calls to Pardon Late Computer Legend
From ACM TechNews

Alan Turing’s Story Could Be Rebooted By Calls to Pardon Late Computer Legend

More than 50 years after the death of computing pioneer Alan Turing, a movement is cresting to reboot the record of the British mathematician's life. 

The Nsa Sponsors 'cyber Operations' Training at ­niversities. Here's What Students Learn.
From ACM News

The Nsa Sponsors 'cyber Operations' Training at ­niversities. Here's What Students Learn.

Last week, Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh became one of the latest—and most prestigious—schools to partner with the National Security Agency on a program...

Here's How One Hacker Is Waging War on the Syrian Government
From ACM Careers

Here's How One Hacker Is Waging War on the Syrian Government

As President Obama weighed U.S. air strikes in Syria this week, a lone American hacker was waging his own attack on the Syrian government.

The New York Times Web Site Was Taken Down By Dns Hijacking. Here's What That Means.
From ACM News

The New York Times Web Site Was Taken Down By Dns Hijacking. Here's What That Means.

Just weeks after The Washington Post had our own run-in with the Syrian Electronic Army (SEA), the New York Times is down, and the SEA is claiming responsibility...

Nsa Gathered Thousands of Americans' Emails Before Court Ordered It to Revise its Tactics
From ACM TechNews

Nsa Gathered Thousands of Americans' Emails Before Court Ordered It to Revise its Tactics

The U.S. National Security Agency illegally collected up to 56,000 "wholly domestic" communications each year from 2008 to 2011. 

Google Maps Trained ­S to Follow Directions. Now Its Former Developer Wants ­S to Explore.
From ACM Opinion

Google Maps Trained ­S to Follow Directions. Now Its Former Developer Wants ­S to Explore.

It's not evident from the way his hair flops casually down and across, nor from his equally relaxed demeanor, but John Hanke is one of Google's most important idea...

Linkedin Connects Big Data, Human Resources
From ACM Careers

Linkedin Connects Big Data, Human Resources

Every second, more than two more people join LinkedIn's network of 238 million members.

Nsa Growth Fueled By Need to Target Terrorists
From ACM News

Nsa Growth Fueled By Need to Target Terrorists

Twelve years later, the cranes and earthmovers around the National Security Agency are still at work, tearing up pavement and uprooting trees to make room for a...

Court Says Skipping Ads Doesn't Violate Copyright. That's a Big Deal.
From ACM News

Court Says Skipping Ads Doesn't Violate Copyright. That's a Big Deal.

In 1984, the Supreme Court rejected Hollywood's argument that the record button on the Betamax VCR made its manufacturer, Sony, liable for copyright infringement...

For Nsa Chief, Terrorist Threat Drives Passion to 'collect It All,' Observers Say
From ACM News

For Nsa Chief, Terrorist Threat Drives Passion to 'collect It All,' Observers Say

In late 2005, as Iraqi roadside bombings were nearing an all-time peak, the National Security Agency's newly appointed chief began pitching a radical plan for halting...

Nsa Surveillance Program Extended By Court, Intelligence Officials Say
From ACM News

Nsa Surveillance Program Extended By Court, Intelligence Officials Say

A secret court on Friday extended the National Security Agency's authority to collect and store the phone records of tens of millions of American cellphone customers...

This Accused Hacker Is a Jerk. Here’s Why He Shouldn’t Be a Felon.
From ACM TechNews

This Accused Hacker Is a Jerk. Here’s Why He Shouldn’t Be a Felon.

Dozens of computer security experts have filed a brief in support of Andrew Auernheimer's attempt to overturn his conviction on computer-hacking charges. 

The Coming Political Battle Over Bitcoin
From ACM Opinion

The Coming Political Battle Over Bitcoin

Given that Bitcoin first broke into mainstream attention when Gawker explained how to use it to buy drugs, perhaps the surprise is that it took federal regulators...

Little-Known Surveillance Tool Raises Concerns By Judges, Privacy Activists
From ACM News

Little-Known Surveillance Tool Raises Concerns By Judges, Privacy Activists

Federal investigators in Northern California routinely used a sophisticated surveillance system to scoop up data from cellphones and other wireless devices in an...

U.s. Cybersecurity Policy Draws Interest from Companies, Lobbyists
From ACM News

U.s. Cybersecurity Policy Draws Interest from Companies, Lobbyists

The determination by Congress and President Obama to protect networks of critical U.S. industries from hackers and cyberspies is creating an explosive growth opportunity—for...
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