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Twitter Sues The U.S. Government So It Can Fully Report Surveillance Requests

Twitter filed suit against the U.S. government, seeking to overturn restrictions that prevent it from fully reporting on federal surveillance requests.

The social media company said back in February that it would take legal action if the government failed to allow Twitter to be fully transparent with users, and it followed through on that promise by filing a lawsuit to publish the company’s full Transparency Report.

Twitter and other technology companies aren’t allowed to share the exact number of national-security requests for data—national security letters (NSLs) and Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) court orders—they receive. Even if the number is zero.

See also: Twitter To Feds: Your User-Data Requests Need Way More Sunlight

In January, a group of tech companies including Facebook and Google reached an agreement with the government to share the number of requests for data in broad ranges and without differentiating between NSLs and FISA orders.

At the time, Twitter said it believed that was a step in the right direction, but not enough. 

In the months that followed, Twitter tried to work with the U.S. Department of Justice and the FBI to provide a more transparent data request report, but the government didn’t allow the company to publish it, even in redacted form.

“We’ve tried to achieve the level of transparency our users deserve without litigation, but to no avail,” Ben Lee, Twitter’s vice president of legal, wrote in a blog post announcing the lawsuit. 

Twitter argues that the government’s restrictions on publishing such data are unconstitutional. From its lawsuit:

These restrictions constitute an unconstitutional prior restraint and content-based restriction on, and government viewpoint discrimination against, Twitter’s right to speak about information of national and global public concern. Twitter is entitled under the First Amendment to respond to its users’ concerns and to the statements of U.S. government officials by providing more complete information about the limited scope of U.S. government surveillance of Twitter user accounts—including what types of legal process have not been received by Twitter—and the DAG Letter is not a lawful means by which Defendants can seek to enforce their unconstitutional speech restrictions.

Yahoo lost a similar lawsuit when it refused to comply to broad government requests for user data in 2007-2008. The company lost the suit, but recently published a number of previously unreleased documents related to the case.

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Damage Report: What Shellshock Has Done So Far

It’s been more than one week after security researchers discovered Shellshock, a 22 year old bug in the bash command-line interface used in Unix by default. Now, we’re just starting to uncover the extent of the exploits hackers have committed thanks to the bug.

Web-optimization company Cloudflare has blocked more than 1.1 million Shellshock attacks, the company said in a blog post. Around 83% of these were what it calls “reconnaissance attacks,” digital excursions to scout out vulnerable networks of computers.

See also: Everything You Need To Know About The Shellshock Bug

Chart via Cloudflare

Cloudflare has been closely monitoring the number and origin of Shellshock attacks toward its clients, and released a chart to convey that data. A huge number of attacks were coming from France, but it’s not clear if it’s because the attackers are located in France, or simple routing their attacks through French IP addresses.

Security research firm FireEye discovered another slew of Shellshock attacks coming from an even unlikelier place Wednesday. Using Network Attached Storage (NAS) systems—essentially large scale networked hard drives—hackers could bypass computers entirely while still maintaining remote control over any data found in the NAS.

FireEye said the attacks were targeting devices from a company called QNAP, a popular Taiwanese NAS manufacturer. QNAP has just published a press release urging customers to disconnect their devices from the Internet until a patch becomes available.

See also: Nope! Apple’s Patch Doesn’t Fully Fix The Shellshock Bug Either

Speaking of patches, Apple’s bash bug patch seems to be doing the trick. “The vast majority of OS are not at risk,” an Apple spokesperson has said, and so far that’s been true—even though researchers say Apple’s patch is incomplete. Even as hackers exploit Shellshock on networks and hard drives, nobody has revealed any significant attack on Mac OS computers.

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Enterprise Digital Analytics Platforms – New Market Intelligence Report

Our sister site Digital Marketing Depot released a new Market Intelligence Report, “Enterprise Digital Analytics Platforms 2014: A Marketer’s Guide.” Digital analytics play a crucial role in nearly every enterprise’s digital marketing strategy, not only for tracking and…



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Google’s 10th Transparency Report Shows Government Requests are Rising

Globally, FISA and NSL demands have increased by 15 percent during the first six months of 2014 and by 150 percent over the five-year reporting period.

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Bing Ads Refreshes The Change History Report

Bing Ads has rolled out a new look for its Change History reporting. The new format groups changes made by a user at one time, rather than itemizing every change separately as it did previously. Also new is faster data processing and more data availability, which Bing Ads has been addressing…



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SearchCap: Google Manual Info Box, Bing Ads History Report & Where Is Our Penguin Refresh?

Below is what happened in search today, as reported on Search Engine Land and from other places across the web. From Search Engine Land: Bing Ads Refreshes The Change History Report Bing Ads has rolled out a new look for its Change History reporting. The new format groups changes made by a user at…



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Enterprise Local Marketing Automation Tools – New Market Intelligence Report

Our sister site Digital Marketing Depot recently released a new Market Intelligence Report, "Enterprise Local Marketing Automation Tools 2014: A Marketer’s Guide." With local targeted ad spending forecast to grow to nearly $70 billion by 2018 (BIA/Kelsey), marketers are paying close…



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SearchCap: SEO Industry Survey, New AdWords Policy & Report On SEO Ranking Factors

Below is what happened in search today, as reported on Search Engine Land and from other places across the web. From Search Engine Land: Industry Survey: 37% Of SEOs Saw Less Than $30,000 In Revenue Turnover Since Last Year According to an industry survey by local search firm BrightLocal, a…



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Sector report: Top 5 Cruise Travel Agents Need Urgent Technical SEO … – Internet Marketing News

Sector report: Top 5 Cruise Travel Agents Need Urgent Technical SEO
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We conducted mini technical SEO audits on the top five cruise travel agent sites in Europe – Iglu Cruise, Cruise.co.uk, Virgin Holidays Cruises, Bolsover Cruise Club and Cruising Holidays. We discovered serious technical issues with all five firms, but

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Report: HTTPS URLs Have No Discernible Ranking Benefit In Google Currently

In August 2014, Google announced that they would give a small ranking boost to HTTPS with the new HTTPS ranking factor. Now that it is a few weeks later, many are wondering how much of an impact does HTTPS URLs actually have on rankings. The answer according to SearchMetrics is none currently….



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