Jun 2, 2014

NSA intercepts emailed photos for facial recognition: report

The U.S. National Security Agency is scooping up large quantities of images of people for use in facial recognition programs, the New York Times reported Sunday, citing secret documents. It said the records, obtained from fugitive former U.S. intelligence analyst Edward Snowden, show a ...

U.S. rejects Snowden's claim that he routinely reported NSA wrongdoing

May 30, 2014

U.S. rejects Snowden's claim that he routinely reported NSA wrongdoing

Edward Snowden says he repeatedly raised constitutional concerns about U.S. National Security Agency surveillance internally, but an NSA search turned up a single email in which Snowden asks for “clarification” on a technical legal question about training materials, agency officials said Thursday. Snowden, a ...

Fugitive Snowden claims he was 'trained as a spy'

May 28, 2014

Fugitive Snowden claims he was 'trained as a spy'

Former U.S. spy agency contractor Edward Snowden, who leaked details of massive U.S. intelligence-gathering programs, said in a U.S. TV interview he “was trained as a spy” and had worked undercover overseas for U.S. government agencies. In an advance excerpt of his interview in ...

U.S. House passes reforms curbing NSA data collection

May 23, 2014

U.S. House passes reforms curbing NSA data collection

The U.S. House of Representatives passed landmark reforms Thursday curbing bulk collection of Americans’ telephone records, the first step toward restricting intelligence-gathering by the National Security Agency since Edward Snowden divulged the secret program last year. But the reforms, backed by the White House, ...

Cellphones: fair game for cops?

Apr 28, 2014

Cellphones: fair game for cops?

Two U.S. Supreme Court cases about police searches of mobile phones without warrants present vastly different views of the ubiquitous device. Is it a critical tool for a criminal, or is it an American’s virtual home? How the justices answer that question could determine ...

Apr 25, 2014

FBI informant linked to hacking of foreign websites: report

A hacker who became an informant for the FBI directed hundreds of cyberattacks against the websites of foreign governments, including Brazil, Iran, Pakistan, Syria and Turkey, The New York Times reported Thursday. It was unclear whether the FBI explicitly ordered the digital attacks, but ...

Pulitzers uphold watchdog tradition

Apr 15, 2014

Pulitzers uphold watchdog tradition

Coverage of the National Security Agency’s sweeping surveillance program that won the Pulitzer Prize for public service Monday follows a tradition of bucking the U.S. government on top secret intelligence matters. Revelations about the NSA’s secret collection of information about Americans’ phone and email ...

Washington Post, Guardian win Pulitzers for NSA spying revelations

Apr 15, 2014

Washington Post, Guardian win Pulitzers for NSA spying revelations

The Washington Post and The Guardian won the Pulitzer Prize in public service Monday for revealing the U.S. government’s sweeping surveillance programs in a blockbuster series of stories based on secret documents supplied by NSA leaker Edward Snowden. The Pulitzer for breaking news was ...

Apr 12, 2014

Reporters who blew cover on NSA return to U.S. for journalism awards

Two reporters central to revealing the U.S. government’s massive surveillance effort returned to the United States on Friday for the first time since the story broke and used the occasion to praise their exiled source: Edward Snowden. Glenn Greenwald and Laura Poitras of The ...

NSA infiltrated Internet security firm more deeply than thought: study

Apr 1, 2014

NSA infiltrated Internet security firm more deeply than thought: study

Security industry pioneer RSA adopted not just one but two encryption tools developed by the U.S. National Security Agency, greatly increasing the spy agency’s ability to eavesdrop on some Internet communications, according to a team of academic researchers. Reuters reported in December that the ...

Mar 30, 2014

Governments hacking media: Google experts

Twenty-one of the world’s 25 leading news organizations have been the target of likely government-sponsored hacking attacks, according to research by two Google security engineers. While many Internet users face attacks via email designed to steal personal data, journalists are “massively overrepresented” among such ...

The 'golden age' of encryption?

Mar 29, 2014

The 'golden age' of encryption?

Investors are pumping millions of dollars into encryption as unease about data security drives a rising need for ways to keep unwanted eyes away from personal and corporate information. Major data breaches at Target and other retailers have made data security a boardroom issue ...