From Microsoft's Rooms and Intel's Skylake, to Indian Denim, Windows 10 patches, HTTP/2, privacy intrusions and Sony's wonky smartglasses, we look back at highlights from this week's top tech news.
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The US State Department, the NSA, and the FBI have had no luck in removing or blocking hackers from the State Department's network in the three months since the breach was first reported.
The US National Security Agency has been caught eavesdropping again using the firmware of hard drives to host its own spyware, according to the Russian computer security firm, Kaspersky Lab.
GCHQ, a UK-based agency similar to the NSA, has been officially censured for not disclosing enough information about what it shares with the US government.
New rules with regards to NSA spying are expected to be made public today with the agency having to concede a modicum of privacy to non-US citizens. The NSA will now have to delete data.
The Chinese government wants foreign technology companies operating inside its borders to hand over their software's source code and use only state-approved encryption algorithms.
The legislative body of the European Union has published a report in which mass surveillance is decried as a threat to basic human rights. As a result the EU is proposing even more surveillance.
A new report shows that the US Drug Enforcement Agency is tracking millions of cars and people in real-time as they move across the country. They also have a database with hundreds of millions of more
New leaked documents show how the NSA is able to use botnets, malware and even other countries' spy systems to gather data and spread their own programs to new targets.
If you thought the NSA was the only government agency spying on U.S. citizens, this news will be disheartening to you: The Department of Justice kept all of your phone records until the end of 2013.
SSL certificates exist to increase security and prevent snooping on your browsing sessions. Gogo believes you shouldn't have that and appears to be intentionally performing MITM attacks on its users.
The UK's GCHQ, an analog of the NSA, wants to implement a program with which to entice future technology entrepreneurs to work for them for a limited time before starting their own business.
Kim Dotcom, founder of Mega, is looking to launch a new chat and video calling service with a strong focus on privacy and end-to-end encryption. The entrepreneur is supposedly looking to take on Skype
In the middle of an appeals process, Microsoft is trying to fight back against the US government's demand on the company's customers' data, by going on a PR campaign to get the public on its side.
Satya Nadella, Microsoft's CEO, is meeting with a number of republicans in Congress to discuss major issues of the day and Microsoft's position on them, such as immigration and privacy reform.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation and Amnesty International are just two of the big backers behind Detekt, an open-source software program that detects spyware commonly used by governments.
A coalition of the internet's biggest companies is trying to push the US Senate into adopting the Freedom Act, which would limit data collection and bring greater transparency to the likes of the NSA
Rupert Murdoch - whose UK newspaper spent years invading individuals' privacy through 'phone hacking' - says that while the NSA's attitudes to privacy are bad, they're "nothing compared to Google".
Are you afraid of the NSA spying on you? If so, you might want to do what Germany is considering: Ditch e-mail altogether and use the old fashioned typewriter... and not the electronic version either!
At Microsoft's Worldwide Partner Conference today, the company took a firm stance in protecting customer privacy with cloud data and has not provided any agency with a backdoor into its data.
Microsoft general counsel Brad Smith says the government must end "the unfettered collection of bulk data", adding that law enforcement faces a "bleak future" if reforms are not enacted soon.
The US House of Representatives has pushed forward an amendment that would cut funding from the NSA's controversial backdoor searches and stop the NSA from adding backdoors to encryption standards.
Microsoft has penned a new post asking the US government to reform its data collection policies and to limit the NSA's activities domestically; the company will continue its lobbying efforts too.
The code for Google's newest Chrome email encryption plugin contains an Easter egg that takes a dig at the NSA for leaked slides which showed how the agency could infiltrate Google's data servers.
Edward Snowden has revealed documents showing that the NSA actively collects millions of images of the faces of citizens each day to be used in a new facial recognition system to identify criminals.
China is reportedly studying IBM servers and evaluating alternatives from local manufacturers to prevent surveillance of its banks from international agencies, such as United States' NSA.
Whistle-blower Julian Assange of WikiLeaks has revealed Afghanistan to be the second nation to have all of its phone calls made from mobiles monitored, stored and archived by the NSA's MYSTIC program.
A Microsoft professional has warned that the Tor browsing network that aims to provide users with a totally secure browsing experience is no longer impenetrable by the NSA or GCHQ.
New documents released by Glenn Greenwald, the journalist behind the NSA revelations, highlight just how close the relationship between the U.S government and Microsoft really is.
Sony will adapt the newly published book No Place to Hide, which focuses on the Edward Snowden data privacy story, into a movie that will be produced by the people behind the James Bond movie series.
A new report claims that the National Security Agency intercepts and installs survellience hardware inside some U.S.-made routers that are scheduled to be shipped overseas.
Apple, Google, Microsoft, Facebook, and later, Yahoo, are making changes to their policies to try and step away from giving in to government requests for big data, which could be good and bad.
John McAfee, in partnership with the start-up Etransfr, have released a smartphone app called Chadder (pronounced "chatter") that enables end-to-end IM encryption.
Google is actively looking to simplify encryption of end to end communication between users of its email service following the recent revelations regarding NSA surveillance and the PRISM project.
Open source encryption application TrueCrypt has been audited for potential security flaws and has been found to contain some vulnerabilities but no backdoors which could be used to spy on users.
The National Security Agency is denying a report from Bloomberg that it was aware of the "Heartbleed" OpenSSL exploit for some time and used it to spy on others.
Dropbox is admittedly, snooping through its users files in a bid to combat piracy, though it will not be deleting your files just yet. This is however being done in a non-invasive manner.
China wants an explanation from the U.S. after it was discovered the NSA infiltrated Huawei in 2009. Chinese officials are concerned about the dilemma which could raise tensions between the nations.
The NSA reportedly hacked Huawei in 2009 after suspicions of its growing presence in the Western world. During the "Shotgiant" program, the source code for several products were stolen.
The government of the United States has announced that it will cede its oversight in assigning domain names and web addresses, while turning the task over to a new organization.
According to new documents from Edward Snowden, the GCHQ explored the Kinect's potential for spying on its targets.
Images from millions of Yahoo users' webcam chats were captured and stored by UK intelligence agency GCHQ, in an operation called 'Optic Nerve' - including many images of a pornographic nature.
Over 5,000 websites, including Reddit, Tumblr, Mozilla and others, will participate in "The Day We Fight Back" on Tuesday as a protest against mass spying operations from agencies like the NSA.
A new online magazine publisher is set to orientate their initial issues around leaked NSA documents. Veteran journalists collaborate with Ed Snowden to bring us the latest news.
The latest leak of NSA documents from its former contractor Edward Snowden show that the agency and its UK counterpart, the GCHQ could be collecting information from mobile apps.
Microsoft's General Counsel Brad Smith has announced that the company plans to offer its foreign customers a way to store personal data on servers that are based outside the U.S.
Microsoft's Brad Smith has stated that the NSA reforms are not done and that there are details that need to be ironed out and recommends that an convention be held to create a legal framework.
The latest leak regarding the US National Security Agency (NSA) allege that they were able to modify computers to obtain the ability to spy on users even when they were not connected to any network.
The internet has banded together to fight against mass surveillance. February 11th will be an international day of protest with banners and widgets strewn across popular websites such as Reddit.
A security research group has published preliminary findings of their study of the Windows crash reports which claims that the gathered information can be sufficient to get blueprints of networks.