NSA uses online tracking 'cookies' to find spy targets

| Dec 12, 2013

NSA uses online tracking 'cookies' to find spy targets

The National Security Agency is secretly using the tools that enable Internet advertisers to track consumers, using “cookies” and location data to pinpoint targets for government hacking and to bolster surveillance. The agency’s internal presentation slides, provided by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, show ...

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 — ...

Obama 'aware of Merkel spying since 2010': media

Oct 27, 2013

Obama 'aware of Merkel spying since 2010': media

U.S. President Barack Obama was personally informed of phone tapping against German Chancellor Angela Merkel, which may have begun as early as 2002, German media reported Sunday as a damaging espionage scandal widened. Bild am Sonntag newspaper quoted U.S. intelligence sources as saying that ...

Oct 3, 2013

U.S. media shield law kindles soul-searching

A media shield law that is being debated in the U.S. Congress, a bid to protect reporters with confidential sources, has divided journalists and free-speech advocates. Earlier this year, after a political firestorm over the government’s seizure of reporters’ phone logs, the White House ...

Sep 7, 2013

Bombs, sing-alongs for N. Korea spies

As well as the obvious classes such as bomb making, Kim Dong Sik’s intensive spy training in North Korea included memorizing hundreds of South Korean pop songs and dance moves. Such strategies for assimilating into South Korean society were considered essential to avoid suspicion, ...

Brazil, Mexico summon U.S. envoys

Sep 3, 2013

Brazil, Mexico summon U.S. envoys

Brazil and Mexico on Monday demanded explanations from the United States over allegations that the National Security Agency spied on the communications of their presidents. Brazilian Foreign Minister Luis Figueiredo said the interception of Internet data from President Dilma Rousseff reported by U.S. journalist ...

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 ...