Cyber Beat Daily: Verizon Handing Over Call Data to NSA + The Day's Top Tech Stories

The day’s top stories in social media and technology for 6/5: Verizon handing over all call data to NSA, 2 dozen social media users arrested in Turkey, vile Facebook posts of female Marines, Republicans hire Facebook engineer as first CTO, fired Reuters employee Matthew Keys starts his own news site, couple pleads guilty in law firm hacking case, Anonymous and Syrian Electronic Army hit Turkish government sites, Microsoft and FBI disrupt botnet network, day 3 in Bradley Manning trial, top US patent judge’s anti-troll op-ed in NYT, research says video games can be good for teens.

Read below for these stories and more.


Featured Story.

“The order, a copy of which has been obtained by the Guardian, requires Verizon on an “ongoing, daily basis” to give the NSA information on all telephone calls in its systems, both within the US and between the US and other countries…While the order itself does not include either the contents of messages or the personal information of the subscriber of any particular cell number, its collection would allow the NSA to build easily a comprehensive picture of who any individual contacted, how and when, and possibly from where, retrospectively.”

NSA collecting phone records of millions of Americans daily – revealed; Exclusive: Top secret court order requiring Verizon to hand over all call data shows scale of domestic surveillance under Obama

Social Media/Tech Trends, Happenings and Faux Pas.

Two dozen arrested on accusations of spreading false information about demonstrations on social media.

Turkish authorities arrest social media users; calls for Erdogan to resign continue

Posts of women Marines with lewd captions keep making the rounds on Facebook.

Vile social media posts vex Pentagon, Congress

“Barkett will serve as the GOP’s first chief technology officer, with an eye on helping Republicans use the web to connect with voters”

Republicans hire Facebook engineer to challenge Democrats’ social, data lead

Hoaxes, Harassment and Hacking.

Man accused of allegedly conspiring with hacker collective Anonymous to attack the websites of his former employer will start his own news site.

Fired Reuters Employee Previews No-Nonsense Breaking News Site MatthewKeysLive

A scorned fired law firm employee and her husband recklessly damaged the computer of a Pittsburgh law firm; collaborated with an individual who claimed association to the hacker collective Anonymous.

FBI: Couple Pleads Guilty in Computer Hacking Case

A third individual claiming association with Anonymous took an earlier plea.

#OpTurkey continues as protests rage on in Turkey – SEA joins the mix.

Anonymous, Syrian Electronic Army Reportedly Attack Turkish Government Websites

Microsoft and the FBI have taken aim at a botnet network based on the Citadel malware responsible for stealing people’s online banking information and personal identities, affecting more than five million people.

Microsoft, US feds disrupt Citadel botnet network

Law and Order.

Former supervior testifies Manning ‘boasted of his ability to crack passwords…there was nothing he could not do on a computer.’

Wikileaker Bradley Manning’s Former Army Supervisors Testify on Day Three of Trial

‘A surprising supporter, the chief judge sees fee-shifting as a solution.’

Top US patent judge pens anti-troll op-ed in NYT


Uh oh. Don’t tell Senators Feinstein and Rockefeller…

Research: Video Games Make Teens Better Citizens