Jul 14, 2014

Snowden slams Britain's planned emergency surveillance laws

Fugitive U.S. intelligence expert Edward Snowden attacked British plans for emergency laws to allow police and security services greater access to Internet and phone data on Sunday. In an interview with The Guardian newspaper, to whom the former National Security Agency contractor revealed the ...

Germany boots CIA station chief amid spy row

Jul 11, 2014

Germany boots CIA station chief amid spy row

Germany on Thursday expelled the CIA station chief in Berlin in an escalating row over alleged spying by the U.S. that has opened the worst diplomatic rift in years between the Western allies. The expulsion comes after two suspected U.S. spy cases were uncovered ...

Most NSA data from regular Internet users: report

Jul 7, 2014

Most NSA data from regular Internet users: report

Nine out of 10 people identified in a large cache of online conversations intercepted by the National Security Agency were ordinary Internet users and not foreign surveillance targets, a news report says. Nearly half of the surveillance files were of United States citizens or ...

Snowden may have accessed 20,000 Australian files: report

Dec 5, 2013

Snowden may have accessed 20,000 Australian files: report

U.S. fugitive Edward Snowden may have stolen up to 20,000 secret Australian intelligence files, a report said Thursday, with the attorney general calling the leaks the most damaging in history. Documents already released have proved a major headache for Canberra, sparking its worst diplomatic ...

Nov 20, 2013

Spy chief admits Norway snoops on phones outside country

Norway’s military intelligence chief said Tuesday his country carries out surveillance on millions of phone calls in conflict areas around the world and shares that data with allies, including the United States. Lt. Gen. Kjell Grandhagen made the statement at a hastily organized news ...

Britain's spy chiefs face televised grilling

Nov 7, 2013

Britain's spy chiefs face televised grilling

The chiefs of Britain’s three intelligence agencies were to face an unprecedented public grilling Thursday, amid intense scrutiny of their work following the leaks from fugitive U.S. analyst Edward Snowden. The hearing brings Andrew Parker — director general of domestic intelligence agency MI5 — ...

Oct 15, 2013

The back door to your PCs, smartphones that can't close

by John Naughton

At a remarkable conference held at the Aspen Institute in 2011, Gen. Michael Hayden, a former head of both the National Security Agency and the Central Intelligence Agency, said something very interesting. In a discussion of how to secure the “critical infrastructure” of the ...

Jul 16, 2013

Of spies and whistleblowers

by Gwynne Dyer

Edward Snowden, a former contractor to the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, has been trapped in the transit lounge of Sheremetyevo airport in Moscow for the past two weeks, while the United States government strives mightily to get him back in its clutches. Recently it ...