Spyware, viruses, & security forum: NEWS - June 10, 2013

by: Carol~ June 10, 2013 2:25 PM PDT

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NEWS - June 10, 2013

by Carol~ Moderator - 6/10/13 2:25 PM

PRISM - not as bad as you thought? (And don't call it PRISM!)

You've almost certainly heard about PRISM, an abbreviation that has come to mean "US surveillance of everything."

Since Naked Security first wrote about this unfolding drama last week, a raft of new information has come to light.

The whistleblower who leaked the information has come forward; his employer has responded; and the US Department of National Intelligence itself has spoken on the record.

The conspiracy theories probably haven't been shaken, but they've certainly been stirred.

Whistleblower comes forward

A chap by the name of Edward Snowden, who's 29 years old and works for a defence contractor, has outed himself as the source of the PRISM leak.

According to The Guardian, he slipped out of the US, flew to Hong Kong and holed up in a hotel.

Apparently, he's been out of his room only three times in the past three weeks.

From Hong Kong, he blew the whistle, purportedly claiming that:

Continued : http://nakedsecurity.sophos.com/2013/06/10/prism-not-as-bad-as-you-thought-and-dont-call-it-prism/

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