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 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 ...

CIA to get sweeping review

Nov 21, 2014

CIA to get sweeping review

Central Intelligence Agency Director John Brennan has ordered a sweeping internal review that could dramatically change how the leading U.S. spy agency is organized, officials said Thursday. In a Sept. 24 message to CIA employees, Brennan said it was time “we take a close ...

Nov 19, 2014

U.S. Senate blocks government surveillance reform bill

U.S. Senate Republicans on Tuesday blocked a sweeping overhaul of a National Security Agency program that would have ended the government’s controversial bulk collection of data about Americans. The vote marks a blow for President Barack Obama, who had supported the reforms, and sets ...

Nov 14, 2014

U.S. spying on public's mobiles with 'dirtbox' airborne program: report

U.S. justice officials are scooping up mobile phone data from unwitting Americans as part of a sophisticated airborne surveillance program designed to catch criminals, the Wall Street Journal reported Thursday. Small aircraft deployed by the U.S. Marshals Service from at least five major airports ...

'Love is love' as Snowden's girlfriend joins him in Russia

Oct 12, 2014

'Love is love' as Snowden's girlfriend joins him in Russia

U.S. fugitive Edward Snowden, who was granted asylum by Moscow after revealing the extent of U.S. global surveillance, has been reunited with his girlfriend in Russia, his lawyer said Saturday. Snowden’s longtime partner, American dancer Lindsay Mills, joined him in Moscow in July, it ...

Oct 8, 2014

Twitter sues FBI, DOJ to release NSA request info

Twitter is suing the FBI and the Department of Justice to be able to release more information about government surveillance of its users. The social media company filed a lawsuit Tuesday in a California federal court to publish its full “transparency report,” which documents ...