Chinese hackers who breached Google’s servers several years ago gained access to a sensitive database with years’ worth of information about U.S. surveillance targets, according to current and former government officials.
The breach appears to have been aimed at unearthing the identities of Chinese intelligence operatives in the United States who may have been under surveillance by American law enforcement agencies.
It’s unclear how much the hackers were able to discover. But [...]
(CNSNews.com) - American government agencies – state, local, and federal — made a record 13,753 requests to read emails or gather other information sent through Google’s Gmail and other services in 2012, more than half without warrants, according to statisticsreleased by Google.
The total number of users about whom government agencies wanted information also set a record at 31,072, up from 23,300 in 2011, the first year Google began reporting the data. The [...]
Access to Google and Gmail was blocked in Iran on Sunday evening, Your Middle East’s Tehran correspondent reports.
Abdolsamad Khoram Abadi, who is in charge of controlling Iranians’ access to the Internet, confirmed the report for Iran Labour News Agency earlier today, saying the measure was taken due to frequent appeals made by the people.
Iranians have been having trouble accessing YouTube, Gmail and other Google services for some time now, but [...]
Over the weekend, I wound up at Washington, D.C.’s Trapeze School with a group of friends. Before one of them headed up a ladder to attempt a somersault landing from the trapeze bar, she handed me her phone and asked me to take photos.
“What’s the password?” I asked. “I don’t use one,” she replied. My jaw dropped as it often does when someone I know tells me they’re choosing [...]
When it comes to email it seems that if you can’t beat ‘em you should join ‘em.
Hotmail, the world’s biggest email service, is being rebooted in the hope of bringing back millions of users – thanks to a striking resemblance to Gmail.
Newmail has a clean look which recalls its Google adversary, right down to font which has been used for labels.
Microsoft has claimed it has a ‘fluid and interactive design’ [...]
Google reveals how ‘Gmail’ travels from your home, through underground wires and into Google’s ‘Post Office’, before going on to your recipient
Google asks its employees to work in shorts rather than air-condition gigantic arrays of computer hard drives
Company ‘recycles 100% of hardware equipment’ – avoiding the purchase of 90,000 new computers since 2007
‘This whole trip took just seconds and happens billions of times a day.’
Google has lifted the lid on [...]
DOJ Asks Court To Keep Secret Any Partnership Between Google, NSA
The Justice Department is defending the government’s refusal to discuss—or even acknowledge the existence of—any cooperative research and development agreement between Google and the National Security Agency.
The Washington based advocacy group Electronic Privacy Information Center sued in federal district court here to obtain documents about any such agreement between the Internet search giant and the security agency.
The NSA responded to [...]
Google says the changes will make it easier for consumers to understand how it [...]
Google unified privacy settings unsettle users, but exiting their platform can be difficult for some
February 28, 2012
Google, I wish I knew how to quit you.
That’s the frustration felt by Patience O’Connor, who has put much of her sensitive personal and professional information on Gmail and other Google programs and doesn’t want the company to use that data to create a detailed profile of her.
O’Connor said she’s overwhelmed by [...]