[The Interception]

A June 2010 report from the head of the NSA’s Access and Target Development department is shockingly explicit. The NSA routinely receives – or intercepts – routers, servers and other computer network devices being exported from the US before they are delivered to the international customers.

The agency then implants backdoor surveillance tools, repackages the devices with a factory seal and sends them on. The NSA thus gains access to entire networks and all their users. The document gleefully observes that some “SIGINT tradecraft … is very hands-on (literally!)”.

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[Informant walks]

Hector Xavier Monsegur, better known as ‘Sabu’ by hackers, was sentenced to time served plus one year of supervised release for his 'extraordinary’ cooperation with the FBI. Monsegur was facing a maximum sentence of more than 26 years. Monsegur helped to identify and convict 8 of his peers one of them being Jeremy Hammond, who at the time was the FBI’s number one most wanted cybercriminal in the world, for his role in hacking into the private intelligence firm Stratfor. Hammond was sentenced to 10 years in prison last November for his role in the computer breach.

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[Sochi Shower Surveillance]

“We have surveillance video from the hotels that shows people turn on the shower, direct the nozzle at the wall and then leave the room for the whole day” Russian deputy prime minister Dmitry Kozak said. Then an aide whisked Kozak away before he could answer any follow-up questions, Sonne reports. 


To top it off, Western journalists are being hacked at coffee shops by Russian hackers before they can finish their coffee. 

Let the games begin.

Russian Deputy PM: We’re Surveilling Sochi’s Showers:

JOURNALIST: Hackers Hijacked My Phone In Sochi Before I Even Finished My Coffee:

IMAGE: REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach

[Science & Technology]
How to build the world’s most amazing space telescope

The Hubble Telescope has given us astonishing images of distant stars, but despite its accomplishments, it has a limited view of the heavens. Scientists and engineers are hard at work on a larger, more powerful successor — the James Webb Space Telescope.

[#Mayday worldwide]

1-Indonesia Workers wearing shirts with portraits of Che Guevara rally outside the presidential palace in Jakarta to demand better working conditions in Southeast Asia’s most populous nation. Romeo Gacad / AFP / Getty Images

2-Italy Riot police clash with demonstrators calling attention to unemployment and austerity during a march in Turin. Alessandro di Marco / EPA

3-South Korea Labor union members hold up signs reading “We don’t need this kind of president” at a rally organized by the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions in Seoul. Chung Sung-Jun / Getty Images

4-Turkey Protesters stand amid a fog of tear gas fired by riot police to disperse a rally in Istanbul. The protesters were attempting to defy a ban on demonstrations on Taksim Square. Bulent Kilic / AFP / Getty Images

5-United Kingdom A rally in central London pays tribute to the lives of rail union leader Bob Crow and veteran Labour Party politician Tony Benn, both of whom died earlier this year. Carl Court / AFP / Getty Images

6-Nepal Workers take part in a rally in Katmandu. Prakash Mathema / AFP / Getty Images

7-Ukraine Communist Party supporters carry red flags and a banner of Lenin during a rally set against the struggle for control of the region between the governments in Kyiv and Moscow. Volodymyr Petrov / EPA

8-France Supporters of France’s far-right National Front at a rally in Paris. Kenzo Tribouillard / AFP / Getty Images

9-Russia Communist Party activists carry red flags and banners during a traditional May Day rally in central Moscow. Kirill Kudryavtsev / AFP / Getty Images

[Snowden TV]

Edward Snowden’s first TV interview

“There are significant threats, but I sleep very well. There was an article that came out in an online outlet called Buzzfeed, where they interviewed officials from the Pentagon, from the National Security Agency and they gave them anonymity to be able to say what they wanted, and what they told the reporter was that they wanted to murder me. These individuals, and these are acting government officials, they said they wanted, they would be happy, they would love, to put a bullet in my head, to poison me as I was returning from the grocery store and have me die in the shower.”