Mar 21, 2014

Google toughens security with Gmail encryption

Google said Thursday its popular Gmail service will use encryption to thwart snooping, the latest move by the tech sector reassuring customers following revelations about U.S. surveillance programs. “Your email is important to you, and making sure it stays safe and always available is ...

NSA can retrieve, replay phone calls: report

Mar 19, 2014

NSA can retrieve, replay phone calls: report

America’s National Security Agency has technology that is capable of recording the phone calls of an entire country and replaying them later, a report based on leaked documents said Tuesday. The Washington Post, citing papers released by the former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, said ...

U.S. to relinquish key oversight role for Internet

Mar 15, 2014

U.S. to relinquish key oversight role for Internet

The U.S. government announced Friday it was giving up its key role overseeing the Internet’s technical operations, handing over those functions to “the global multistakeholder community.” The move “marks the final phase of the privatization” of the management of the Internet domain name system, ...

British spies intercept webcam videos, naked photos: report

Feb 28, 2014

British spies intercept webcam videos, naked photos: report

Britain’s signals intelligence division is stealing screenshots from hundreds of thousands of innocent Yahoo users’ webcam videos, according to the Guardian newspaper, which also reported that the years-long operation has swept up a huge haul of intimate photographs. The newspaper said GCHQ has been ...

UK court backs detention of journalist's partner

Feb 21, 2014

UK court backs detention of journalist's partner

Britain’s High Court on Wednesday endorsed the decision by police to hold journalist Glenn Greenwald’s partner at a London airport on terrorism grounds last summer. The ruling sent chills through media groups and advocates for free expression. The panel of three judges said London’s ...

Media accidentally reveal some NSA secrets

Feb 9, 2014

Media accidentally reveal some NSA secrets

by Raphael Satter

News organizations publishing leaked National Security Agency documents have inadvertently disclosed the names of at least six intelligence workers and other government secrets they never intended to give away, a review has found. The accidental disclosures illustrate the risks attending even well-intentioned, public-interest reporting ...

NSA gets under 30 percent of Americans' phone data: reports

Feb 8, 2014

NSA gets under 30 percent of Americans' phone data: reports

The National Security Agency collects less than 30 percent of Americans’ calling data despite the agency’s massive daily efforts to sweep up the bulk of U.S. phone records, two U.S. newspapers reported Friday. Citing anonymous officials and sources, The Washington Post and The Wall ...

NSA tapped phone of German ex-Chancellor Schröder

Feb 5, 2014

NSA tapped phone of German ex-Chancellor Schröder

U.S. intelligence spied on former German chancellor Gerhard Schröder from 2002, NDR television reported Tuesday, adding fuel to the flames of a wider row over spying on incumbent Angela Merkel and other high-profile world leaders. Schröder, the Social Democrat chancellor who served from 1998 ...

Feb 4, 2014

Internet firms release NSA spy requests

Freed by a recent legal deal with government lawyers, major technology firms released data Monday on how often they are ordered to turn over customer information for secret national security investigations, showing that the government collected data on thousands of Americans. The publications by ...