Readers may recall our story earlier this month about Securus, a leading prison telephony provider, being hacked and how the hackers discovered that the company was recording thousands of privileged communications that lawyers had with inmates. The Intercept had received the tip-off, along with the calls, and reported on the subject. Securus defended itself by saying that these lawyers must not have registered their phone numbers with the “service.”
Now, in a most trollish move, the company has been granted a patent for contacting your relatives when you’re in jail and asking them if they want to pay for your calls or not. They call this “initiating a campaign to [...]
In an example of Aaron Swartz’s SecureDrop technology working as intended, the Intercept received a trove of dumped Securus phone records recently. Securus, for those who have never been jailed in the United States virtually anywhere, is a phone services leader in the justice industry. That particular part of the prison industrial complex, communication, is worth about $1.2 billion annually.
SecureDrop is a way for whistleblowers to reach journalists with cryptographic anonymity. The hacker specifically told the Intercept that he or she believed Securus is violating constitutional rights, and given the evidence, they could be right.
Between December 2011 and [...]