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NSA spying on millions of Visa transactions

The NSA’s own financial databank contained over 180 million records in 2011, 84 percent credit card transactions

Der Spiegel on Sunday posted its latest revelations on NSA surveillance based on leaks from whistle-blower Edward Snowden. According to top-secret documents, the NSA “widely monitors…

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Monday, September 16th, 2013 digital No Comments

NSA can reportedly tap smartphones, access BlackBerry email

Source: http://www.engadget.com/2013/09/08/nsa-can-reportedly-tap-smartphones-access-blackberry-email/

NSA can reportedly tap smartphones, access BlackBerry email

Roaming confusion has already caused the NSA to “accidentally” listen in on domestic calls, but according to a report from Spiegel, the organization is capable of a lot more. The German news magazine says it has seen evidence that the NSA can tap smartphones for SMS traffic, location data, contact list information and more. The claims, reportedly outlined in internal NSA documents, specifically call out iOS and BlackBerry devices as targets, describing the ability to access iPhone data by hacking a recently synced PC. BlackBerry access seems a bit more direct, Spiegel reports, suggesting that the NSA can tap into the BlackBerry email system. BlackBerry officials told Spiegel it wouldn’t comment on the allegations, but assured the news source that it hasn’t provided the NSA with a “‘back door’ pipeline to our platform.” Regardless, it’s a haunting claim — particularly for folks that use BlackBerry devices for their heavily touted security, but considering everything the NSA has been up to recently, we can’t say we’re entirely surprised.

 

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Monday, September 9th, 2013 news No Comments

HOW FADS START: One High School In California Is Responsible For A Mobile Craze 3.4 Million People Use

Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/how-fads-start-one-high-school-in-california-is-responsible-for-a-mobile-craze-34-million-people-use-2013-2

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When Evan Spiegel, 22, and Bobby Murphy, 24, launched Snapchat in September 2011, they shared it with 20 friends.

Snapchat is a mobile app that lets users take and send mobile photos to others. Messages can be drawn or typed on top of the photos and the images self-destruct moments after they are viewed.

Today Snapchat has about 3.4 million users and 60 million images are swapped daily. That’s one-tenth the volume Facebook sees.

It may be a fad like DrawSomething proved to be last year. But how do you go from obscurity to mobile virality?

For Snapchat, the answer was a high school in California.

According to The New York Times, the first traffic spike the founders saw occurred a few weeks after launch. There was a flurry of activity between 8 AM and 3 PM that originated in Orange County, California.

Spiegel’s mother had told Evan’s cousin about Snapchat, and he started using it with friends as a way to pass notes in class. Users grew quickly from there.

From NYT:

Snapchat has its origins at Stanford, where Mr. Spiegel and Mr. Murphy first met as fraternity brothers. Mr. Spiegel presented a prototype of Snapchat in spring 2011 to one of his classes, but it was greeted as impractical and silly by his classmates.

…A few weeks in, they started seeing an influx of new users, paired with unusu! al spike s in activity, peaking between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m.

It turned out the activity was centered around a high school in Orange County. Mr. Spiegel’s mother had told his cousin, who was a student at the school, about the app, which then spread throughout the school.

Other high school students in Southern California picked it up, with the number of daily active users climbing from 3,000 to 30,000 in a month in early 2012. Mr. Spiegel took a leave from Stanford last June and Mr. Murphy quit his job and the pair raised a small round of financing and moved to Los Angeles to work on the application full time.

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