Email Marketing Daily: The Government is Reading Emails Without a Warrant

When whistleblower Edward Snowden said that he could wiretap anyone from his computer if he had their personal email address, he wasn’t lying. The latest revelation in Snowden’s series of leaks is the name of a program used by the NSA called XKeyscore, which lets government agencies follow an Internet user around the web simply by having their email address or IP address. Government officials are not required to get a warrant, they simply have to share the email address, along with a written justification for the request and a time frame. The new documents also revealed that … …Read the whole story
Almost a quarter of permission based email marketing messages don’t make it to the inbox says a new study from email deliverability services company Return Path. According to the Inbox Placement Rate Benchmarks Report, 22 percent of marketing emails sent to subscribers who had opted in did not reach the inbox during the first half of 2013. ReturnPath looked at a sample of almost 1 trillion messages sent worldwide, and found that 18 percent of all email messages were either blocked or went missing, while the remaining four percent hit the spam folder. …Read the whole story
Fast Company
Syrian hackers have hacked into the personal Gmail accounts of three White House staffers, according to Matthew Keys, the former social media editor of Reuters who was fired for allegedly helping Anonymous hack the Los Angeles Times’ Twitter account. A fourth attempt, which failed, alerted the White House to the compromise. A member of the Syrian Electronic Army, the group that is taking credit for the hack, told Keys that the hack succeeded and failed. …Read the whole story
The Guardian
Whistleblower Edward Snowden has released new top secret documents revealing a National Security Agency program that lets analysts search through databases of emails, online chats and Internet browsing history without requiring authorization. The NSA program, which is called XKeyscore, claims to be the “widest-reaching” system for developing intelligence online. The latest document release comes as senior intelligence officials are expected to testify at the Senate judiciary committee today. …Read the whole story
The Sydney Morning Herald
Most people are think that they can tell the difference between a phishing email and a real one, but when it comes down to it, they really can’t. According to new research from North Carolina State University, 89% of the people surveyed said that they could spot a phishing email, but only 7.5% of the participants succeeded in doing so when they were asked to distinguish between a legitimate email and a phishing one. …Read the whole story
Fox News
The Office of the Director of National Intelligence has released three previously classified documents about the surveillance procedures of the National Security Agency, just as intelligence officials have begun testifying at a Senate hearing on these processes. The documents reveal that for years the NSA has been tapping into the emails of Americans and have had access to information about the sender, the recipient and the time of day the emails were sent. While this release is a step in a more transparent direction for the US government, The Guardian has revealed more about NSA procedures through the publication of … …Read the whole story


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