CIA investigates whether officers spied on Senate

Mar 6, 2014

CIA investigates whether officers spied on Senate

The CIA is investigating whether its officers improperly monitored Senate Intelligence Committee staffers who were investigating the agency, U.S. officials said Wednesday. The CIA inspector general is looking into the circumstances surrounding the committee’s investigation into allegations of CIA abuse in a Bush-era detention ...

British spies intercept webcam videos, naked photos: report

Feb 28, 2014

British spies intercept webcam videos, naked photos: report

Britain’s signals intelligence division is stealing screenshots from hundreds of thousands of innocent Yahoo users’ webcam videos, according to the Guardian newspaper, which also reported that the years-long operation has swept up a huge haul of intimate photographs. The newspaper said GCHQ has been ...

UK court backs detention of journalist's partner

Feb 21, 2014

UK court backs detention of journalist's partner

Britain’s High Court on Wednesday endorsed the decision by police to hold journalist Glenn Greenwald’s partner at a London airport on terrorism grounds last summer. The ruling sent chills through media groups and advocates for free expression. The panel of three judges said London’s ...

Snowden copied co-worker's password, NSA tells Congress

Feb 14, 2014

Snowden copied co-worker's password, NSA tells Congress

Former National Security Agency analyst Edward Snowden gained access to at least some classified documents he later disclosed by copying a password from a co-worker who has since resigned, the NSA reported to Congress. Snowden has previously said he did not steal any passwords. ...

Media accidentally reveal some NSA secrets

Feb 9, 2014

Media accidentally reveal some NSA secrets

by Raphael Satter

News organizations publishing leaked National Security Agency documents have inadvertently disclosed the names of at least six intelligence workers and other government secrets they never intended to give away, a review has found. The accidental disclosures illustrate the risks attending even well-intentioned, public-interest reporting ...

NSA gets under 30 percent of Americans' phone data: reports

Feb 8, 2014

NSA gets under 30 percent of Americans' phone data: reports

The National Security Agency collects less than 30 percent of Americans’ calling data despite the agency’s massive daily efforts to sweep up the bulk of U.S. phone records, two U.S. newspapers reported Friday. Citing anonymous officials and sources, The Washington Post and The Wall ...

Feb 4, 2014

Internet firms release NSA spy requests

Freed by a recent legal deal with government lawyers, major technology firms released data Monday on how often they are ordered to turn over customer information for secret national security investigations, showing that the government collected data on thousands of Americans. The publications by ...

Canadian spy agency tracked citizens' travels via airport Wi-Fi: Snowden

Feb 1, 2014

Canadian spy agency tracked citizens' travels via airport Wi-Fi: Snowden

A secret document leaked by former National Security Agency analyst Edward Snowden shows Canada’s electronic spy agency used information gleaned from a free internet service at a Canadian airport to track the wireless devices of thousands of airline passengers. The report indicates the Communications ...

Jan 28, 2014

Privacy trumps security in U.S.: poll

Most Americans are unimpressed with President Barack Obama’s efforts to restore trust in government in the wake of disclosures about secret surveillance programs that swept up the phone records of hundreds of millions in the United States. And Americans are increasingly placing personal privacy ...

U.S. spy agencies scour smartphone apps for personal data: report

Jan 28, 2014

U.S. spy agencies scour smartphone apps for personal data: report

Documents leaked by former NSA contactor Edward Snowden suggest that spy agencies have a powerful ally in Angry Birds and a host of other apps installed on smartphones across the globe. The documents, published Monday by The New York Times, The Guardian, and ProPublica, ...

Internet firms, U.S. government reach deal on customer data disclosure

Jan 28, 2014

Internet firms, U.S. government reach deal on customer data disclosure

The U.S. government and leading Internet companies Monday announced a compromise that will allow those companies to reveal more information about how often they are ordered to turn over customer information to the government in national security investigations. The Justice Department reached agreements with ...