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Google Hangouts and Encryption

Vice’s Motherboard has an interesting article on Google’s Hangouts application and the lack of end-to-end encryption for the service. Hangouts is Google’s app that permits video, audio and text communications via a browser, Android phones and iOS devices. This is in stark contrast to Apple’s iMessage and Facetime apps that use end-to-end encryption for video and text communications. In the post-Edward Snowden world, Google has touted itself as a bastion …Read More

Ex-CIA Sentence Too Steep?

On Tuesday, May 11, 2015 Jeffrey Sterling, an ex-CIA officer was sentenced to 3 1/2 years of prison. In 2014 a jury convicted him of providing leaks regarding a CIA program of attempting to sabotage the Iranian nuclear program. Sterling was prosecuted under the Espionage Act, a law passed during World War I that was created to prevent dissemination of information by spies. This is the same law that, theoretically, …Read More