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NIST to Formally Reexamine Cryptography Standards Development Process
By Sheri Pan – Edited by Elise Young

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (“NIST”) recently announced that it has begun formal review of its standards development process for approving cryptographic algorithms. The notice appears to be a reaction to recent reports in the New York Times regarding the National Security Agency’s back door access to encrypted data through an NIST-approved cryptographic algorithm. That is used by many companies to encrypt data sent over the Web.

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ACLU Sues DOJ Over FISA Surveillance Evidence
By Amy Zhang – Edited by Ashish Bakshi

ACLU v. U.S. Dep’t of Justice

The ACLU filed a complaint against the United States Department of Justice seeking immediate processing and release of DOJ records that the ACLU had requested pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act earlier this year. The requested information relates to the use of evidence derived from surveillance authorized under the FISA Amendments Act. The ACLU also seeks a fee waiver on the grounds that disclosure of the requested records is in the public interest.

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Posted On Oct - 29 - 2013 Comments Off READ FULL POST

Basaaly Moalin, Convicted of Supporting Terrorist Organization, Challenges NSA’s Electronic Surveillance
By Anton Ziajka – Edited by Elise Young

United States v. Moalin

Basaaly Moalin, a Somali immigrant who was convicted of conspiring to provide material support to the terrorist group al-Shabaab, filed a motion for a new trial. Moalin based his motion upon facts that surfaced during congressional hearings held in response to Edward Snowden’s release of information about the U.S. government’s electronic surveillance programs. The government filed a response and opposition.

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Posted On Oct - 20 - 2013 Comments Off READ FULL POST

Snowden Documents Reveal NSA Attempts to Track Tor Users
By Travis West – Edited by Ashish Bakshi

The National Security Agency (“NSA”) has developed techniques to circumvent Internet anonymity offered by the Tor network. The Tor service anonymizes users’ Internet traffic by routing requests to websites through multiple servers, making it extremely difficult to track. While the NSA can track some Tor users, the agency has been unable to crack the underlying technology, relying instead on browser exploits and its direct access to the Internet backbone to intercept website requests.

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Posted On Oct - 12 - 2013 Comments Off READ FULL POST

Judge Denies Request to Delay Hearing, Challenge to Government’s Metadata Collection Presses Forward

American Civil Liberties Union et al. v. Clapper et al.
By Michelle Sohn – Edited by Katie Mullen

At a hearing last Thursday, Judge William Pauley of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York denied the government ‘s request to delay a hearing date for American Civil Liberties Union et al. v. Clapper et al.  The denial is the latest in the American Civil Liberties Union’s challenge to the Obama administration’s metadata collection practices, specifically collecting Verizon’s customer records.

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Posted On Aug - 4 - 2013 Comments Off READ FULL POST
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