- NSA Harvests 5 Billion Cellphone Locations Worldwide Daily: Report
Every day, the NSA reportedly collects nearly 5 billion cellphone location records worldwide. The information, obtained from documents released by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, indicate the records are stored in the agency's FASCIA database. Data on Americans' cellphones both in the U.S. and abroad is collected "incidentally," the NSA contended.
- Wormholes Might Link Quantum-Entangled Quarks
A postulate stating that quantum-entangled black holes in our three-dimensional universe are connected by microscopic wormholes created when the black holes are pulled apart might be correct, researchers Andreas Karch and Kristan Jensen have found. The suggestion, put forth by physicists Juan Malcadena and Lenny Susskind, "is a very exciting but somewhat speculative proposal," said Karch.
- How to Encrypt Your Email
Some years ago, an antinuclear activist named Phil Zimmermann created a data encryption program for computers. He designed a key-generation and encryption-and-decryption system called "PGP," or Pretty Good Privacy, for the bulletin board systems that were the precursors to forums, email and the Web. This algorithmic scrambling of information has played an important part in the growth of the Internet.
- India Asks US for Tips on Snooping
India's home ministry reportedly will seek advice from the U.S. to help decrypt communications taking place on platforms like Skype, BlackBerry and WeChat. Sharing such spying techniques is a potential "area of cooperation," according to Indian law enforcement. India has already launched an elaborate system that allows tax officials and security authorities to intercept phone calls and emails.
- Here's Looking at Me, iPhone
USPTO just granted Apple a patent for a facial recognition feature that could unlock a mobile device as well as control how it works. That's right, Apple just got a patent so our iPhones can look at us all the time. I just got used to the idea of using my fingerprint to unlock an iPhone 5s, but now my face? I'm vaguely uneasy about the potential for dark uses this sort of technology opens up.
- Terminator Ends the Terminal Window Blahs
Terminator is not for casual Linux users who rarely stray from the menu-driven applications. If you ever venture into what some regard as the dark side of the Linux OS, however, Terminator can end your discomfort by using a single-session terminal window. Terminator is a powerful and useful terminal emulator built with many features not included in standard terminal applications.
- Delivery Drones Could Be Skyjackers' Heaven
Following news that Amazon plans to use unmanned drones for rapid delivery of goods to customers, security researcher Samy Kamkar has developed a way to skyjack drones. The hack may resonate with many Americans, who are concerned about the increasing use of drones by law enforcement to conduct surveillance on citizens within the United States' borders.
- The Healing Begins for Healthcare.gov
The troubled Healthcare.gov website seems to have found its sea legs at last. After a botched rollout, the White House set itself a new deadline of Nov. 30 and hunkered down to repair the many glitches afflicting the site, through which Americans in the 36 states it serves must get their health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. By and large, it appears to have succeeded.