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Florida sold citizens’ driver’s license information for $62 million

The State of Florida made $62,968,946 from the sale of Floridians driver’s license information in the last fiscal year, a practice that has been occurring almost unknown for years. I-Team investigator Michael George reported that the state’s Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles sells drivers’ license information, including Floridians…

CIA denies spying on U.S. critic of Iraq war

WASHINGTON — The Central Intelligence Agency on Friday denied allegations by an ex-spy that it had sought information on a US professor who was critical of the Iraq war in order to discredit him. Glenn Carle, who served as a top CIA counter-terrorism official, had told The New York Times…

Bush admin. asked CIA to discredit a liberal blogger: report

President George W. Bush’s White House ordered the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) to find information to “discredit” a liberal University of Michigan professor who was critical of the Iraq war, according to a recent report. Former CIA officer Glenn Carle told The New York Times‘ James Risen that while he…

Cell phone privacy bill introduced in the Senate

WASHINGTON — US senators introduced bills on Wednesday aimed at protecting the privacy of mobile phone users and safeguarding personal information of consumers stored online. The Location Privacy Protection Act would require companies like Apple and Google and applications developers to obtain express consent from mobile users before sharing information…

Canada’s spy chief: Espionage has reached Cold War-level

OTTAWA — Canada’s spy chief warned Tuesday that state-sponsored espionage against his country has reached “levels equal to, or greater than those witnessed during the Cold War.” Richard Fadden, director of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service, said in a report presented to parliament on Monday that foreign governments “continue to…

Guantanamo detainees were tortured to death, say families

WASHINGTON — The families of two detainees who died in Guantanamo Bay in 2006 on Monday challenged the government’s assertion that the prisoners committed suicide, saying they were tortured to death. Relatives of Saudi national Yasser al-Zahrani and Yemeni Salah al-Salami demanded the federal appeals court reconsider their cases in…

U.S. nuclear regulator withheld information: report

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The head of the U.S. nuclear safety regulator did not break the law when he stopped a review of a proposed Nevada burial site for radioactive waste, but he “strategically” kept information from his fellow commissioners, the Wall Street Journal said, citing a report from the agency’s internal watchdog. The confidential report…

NSA whistle-blower Thomas Drake to plead guilty in plea deal

WASHINGTON — An ex-senior official in the top secret US National Security Agency will plead guilty to exceeding authorized use of a computer in a classified information leak case, court papers have shown. Thomas Drake, 54, had been accused of leaking classified information to a newspaper reporter and was charged…

Citigroup says hackers viewed client accounts

HONG KONG (AFP) – US banking giant Citigroup said Thursday that computer hackers have accessed information in about one percent of accounts held by its US credit card card customers. “During routine monitoring, we recently discovered unauthorized access to Citi’s Account Online. A limited number — roughly one percent —…

Murdoch-owned newspaper apologizes for hacking into phone of actress

LONDON — Britain’s News of the World tabloid apologised in court Tuesday for hacking into the mobile phone messages of actress Sienna Miller and agreed to pay her £100,000 ($165,000, 110,000 euros) in damages and legal costs. The Rupert Murdoch-owned newspaper said sorry at London’s High Court for illegally accessing…

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