Pulitzers uphold watchdog tradition

Apr 15, 2014

Pulitzers uphold watchdog tradition

Coverage of the National Security Agency’s sweeping surveillance program that won the Pulitzer Prize for public service Monday follows a tradition of bucking the U.S. government on top secret intelligence matters. Revelations about the NSA’s secret collection of information about Americans’ phone and email ...

Washington Post, Guardian win Pulitzers for NSA spying revelations

Apr 15, 2014

Washington Post, Guardian win Pulitzers for NSA spying revelations

The Washington Post and The Guardian won the Pulitzer Prize in public service Monday for revealing the U.S. government’s sweeping surveillance programs in a blockbuster series of stories based on secret documents supplied by NSA leaker Edward Snowden. The Pulitzer for breaking news was ...

Apr 12, 2014

Reporters who blew cover on NSA return to U.S. for journalism awards

Two reporters central to revealing the U.S. government’s massive surveillance effort returned to the United States on Friday for the first time since the story broke and used the occasion to praise their exiled source: Edward Snowden. Glenn Greenwald and Laura Poitras of The ...

Apr 4, 2014

Obama's promise to prevent NSA spying rings hollow

by John Naughton

Last week in the Hague, Barack Obama seemed to have suddenly remembered the oath he swore on his inauguration as president — that stuff about preserving, protecting and defending the constitution of the United States. At any rate, he announced that the NSA would ...

NSA infiltrated Internet security firm more deeply than thought: study

Apr 1, 2014

NSA infiltrated Internet security firm more deeply than thought: study

Security industry pioneer RSA adopted not just one but two encryption tools developed by the U.S. National Security Agency, greatly increasing the spy agency’s ability to eavesdrop on some Internet communications, according to a team of academic researchers. Reuters reported in December that the ...

Mar 30, 2014

Governments hacking media: Google experts

Twenty-one of the world’s 25 leading news organizations have been the target of likely government-sponsored hacking attacks, according to research by two Google security engineers. While many Internet users face attacks via email designed to steal personal data, journalists are “massively overrepresented” among such ...

The 'golden age' of encryption?

Mar 29, 2014

The 'golden age' of encryption?

Investors are pumping millions of dollars into encryption as unease about data security drives a rising need for ways to keep unwanted eyes away from personal and corporate information. Major data breaches at Target and other retailers have made data security a boardroom issue ...

Snowden intel in Russian hands: top U.S. lawmaker

Mar 26, 2014

Snowden intel in Russian hands: top U.S. lawmaker

Much of the classified data smuggled out last year by fugitive intelligence contractor Edward Snowden has likely been obtained by Russian intelligence officials, a U.S. lawmaker warned Tuesday. “Ninety-five percent of the information he took, by the way, was related to military, both tactical ...

U.S. intelligence checks 'out of control': Carter

Mar 25, 2014

U.S. intelligence checks 'out of control': Carter

Former President Jimmy Carter said Monday that U.S. intelligence monitoring has run out of control since the 9/11 terrorist attacks, and he now handwrites and mails sensitive letters to foreign and American leaders because he is not sure his email or telephone lines are ...

Mar 25, 2014

U.S. readies bill to end NSA's bulk data collection

President Barack Obama’s administration is readying a legislative plan to end the National Security Agency’s controversial bulk collection of telephone data, U.S. media reported Monday. The “NSA would end its systematic collection of data about Americans’ calling habits,” The New York Times reported online, ...

NSA targeted Chinese tech giant Huawei, report claims

Mar 23, 2014

NSA targeted Chinese tech giant Huawei, report claims

U.S. intelligence agencies hacked into the email servers of Chinese tech giant Huawei five years ago, around the time concerns were growing in Washington that the telecommunications equipment manufacturer was a threat to U.S. national security, two newspapers reported Saturday. The National Security Agency ...

Mar 21, 2014

Intelligence officials deny U.S. is waging industrial espionage

U.S. spy agencies on Thursday denied they are waging a vast industrial espionage campaign on behalf of American companies, as alleged by intelligence leaker Edward Snowden. The United States collects economic intelligence to try to assess the stability of governments and trace the financing ...