Feb 12, 2015

Smartphone kill switches credited with stifling theft

Kill switches that render stolen smartphones useless were credited on Wednesday with stifling robberies and thefts in London, New York City and San Francisco. In London, the number of reports of smartphones being stolen from people dropped 40 percent last year, after kill switches ...

Tweaks, but little change to surveillance system Snowden revealed

Feb 4, 2015

Tweaks, but little change to surveillance system Snowden revealed

The Obama administration has announced a series of modest changes in the use of private data collected for intelligence purposes, a move that underscores how little the Edward Snowden revelations have impeded the National Security Agency’s exploitation of global Internet communications. Eighteen months after ...

Jan 29, 2015

Canada spying on global downloads: report

Canada’s electronic spy agency has been intercepting and analyzing data on up to 15 million file downloads daily as part of a global surveillance program, according to a report published on Wednesday. Critics said the revelations, made in 2012 documents obtained by former U.S. ...

Jan 28, 2015

Leak reveals key-logging software likely used by U.S. and allies

A program used by U.S. and British spies to record computer keystrokes was part of sophisticated hacking operations in more than a dozen countries, security experts said on Tuesday, after former NSA contractor Edward Snowden reportedly leaked the source code for the program. On ...

Jan 28, 2015

Obama calls for drone controls after White House crash

U.S. President Barack Obama called for drones to be more closely regulated Tuesday, after a “quadcopter” crashed on the White House grounds prompting a security alert. Obama told CNN that the use of commercial and recreational drones, which can now be bought for as ...

Jan 17, 2015

U.S. agency admits to running phone records program that ended in 2013

The Drug Enforcement Administration formally acknowledged Friday that it maintained a sweeping database of phone calls made from the United States to multiple foreign countries. The program has since been discontinued, the Justice Department said. The revelation was made in a court filing in ...

Jan 16, 2015

Counterterror spying foiled plot targeting U.S. Capitol, Boehner says

A recently uncovered jihadi-inspired plot by a young American to massacre lawmakers in the U.S. Capitol was discovered thanks to the government’s controversial surveillance programs, House Speaker John Boehner claimed on Thursday. “We would never have known about this had it not been for ...

Jan 13, 2015

Russian spy agency sought to recruit Snowden: report

A close ally of Edward Snowden has told filmmakers that Russia’s intelligence agency sought to recruit the former NSA contractor, but he declined the offer. WikiLeaks staffer Sarah Harrison said the Russian FSB intelligence security service approached Snowden while he was stuck in the ...