Apple Snuck Backdoor Surveillance Tools Into Their (i.e. Your) iOS

Matthew Phelan · 07/25/14 08:30AM

Innovation did not die with Steve Jobs. Apple has quietly installed data discovery software, including a file-relay tool that can bypass backup encryption, in around 600 million iPhones, iPads, and other devices running their latest iOS. You are correct to surmise that this has been a boon to law enforcement.

The Crazy Emails That Took Down NSA Spook John Schindler

J.K. Trotter · 07/24/14 03:26PM

Remember John Schindler, the conservative talking head, retired NSA spook, and Naval War College professor who briefly went incognito after screenshots of (what appear to be) his penis leaked onto the Internet? While he has since reappeared on Twitter—where he first drew attention for defending domestic spying and criticizing Edward Snowden—he has refused to comment on the mysterious emails, sent to the Naval War College by an unnamed blogger, that prompted the school to place him on leave, and his penis under official investigation.

Matthew Phelan · 07/07/14 07:59AM

Such a tease, Washington Post. "Among the most valuable contents — which The Post will not describe in detail, to avoid interfering with ongoing operations — are fresh revelations about a secret overseas nuclear project, double-dealing by an ostensible ally, a military calamity that befell an unfriendly power"—tease!

NSA's First Director: "I Was the Only Red Pencil."

Matthew Phelan · 07/03/14 12:59PM

Two internal NSA oral histories — one formerly classified Top Secret, another merely "For Official Use Only" — surfaced yesterday on secrets-spilling site Cryptome. And, so far, they are a delightful trove of spooktacular managerial affectations and clandestine bureaucratic in-fighting.