Security

AT&T gets paid millions by the CIA to give up user data

AT&T gets paid millions by the CIA to give up user data

The second-largest telecom company in the United States has been on the Central Intelligence Agency’s payroll to the tune of $10 million a year in exchange for voluntarily handing over troves of phone logs, the New York Times reported Thursday. Citing federal officials with knowledge of the program, The Times’ Charlie Savage wrote that telecommunication giant AT&T […]

US intelligence warning allies about sensitive Snowden leaks yet to be published – report

US intelligence warning allies about sensitive Snowden leaks yet to be published – report

American officials have begun advising US allies that the ongoing National Security Agency disclosures made possible by whistleblower Edward Snowden include files detailing cooperation between their international intelligence services. US officials told The Washington Post that Snowden leaked documents indicating massive intelligence gathering efforts against sometimes hostile countries, including China, Russia and Iran. Those files […]

Top spying fallout: EU summit promises NSA thunder, data-protection storm

Top spying fallout: EU summit promises NSA thunder, data-protection storm

Ahead of the EU summit in Brussels, Germany’s Angel Merkel and France’s Francois Hollande have discussed wiretapping of their communications by America’s NSA. The scandal could push a frustrated EU to change data privacy rules. The EU summit starting Thursday is expected to be hijacked by recent revelations provided by the former NSA contractor Edward […]

New Snowden leak: NSA is monitoring the Internet histories of millions of Americans

New Snowden leak: NSA is monitoring the Internet histories of millions of Americans

The National Security Agency is collecting information on the Internet habits of millions of innocent Americans never suspected of criminal involvement, new NSA documents leaked by former intelligence contractor Edward Snowden suggest. Britain’s Guardian newspaper reported Monday that top-secret documents included in the trove of files supplied by the NSA contractor-turned-leaker Edward Snowden reveal that […]

Director of national intelligence: Spying debate ‘probably needed to happen’

Director of national intelligence: Spying debate ‘probably needed to happen’

The United States director of national intelligence said at a conference in Washington on Thursday that the leaking of classified documents by former government contractor Edward Snowden kick-started discussions in America that until then were overdue. At a trade show in the nation’s capital, DNI James Clapper said that the stream of top-secret national security […]

NSA masqueraded as Google to spy on web users – report

NSA masqueraded as Google to spy on web users – report

The NSA used ‘man in the middle’ hack attacks to impersonate Google and fool web users, leaks have revealed. The technique circumvents encryption by redirecting users to a copycat site which relays all the data entered to NSA data banks. Brazilian television network Globo News released a reportbased on classified data divulged by former CIA worker […]

Microsoft, Google sue US for right to reveal nature of surveillance requests

Microsoft, Google sue US for right to reveal nature of surveillance requests

Microsoft and Google announced Friday they are going forward with a lawsuit against the US government for the right to reveal more information about official requests for customer data by American intelligence. The companies originally filed suits in June followingrevelations provided by Edward Snowden of their relationship with the National Security Agency and the Foreign Intelligence […]

NSA’s XKeyscore gives one-click real-time access to almost any internet activity in the world

NSA’s XKeyscore gives one-click real-time access to almost any internet activity in the world

New revelations about NSA surveillance systems show that it was enough to fill in a short ‘justification’ form before gaining access to any of billions of emails, online chats, or site visit histories through a vast aggregation program called XKeyscore. The structure of XKeyscore, leaked by the UK’s Guardiannewspaper, is sourced from a classified internal presentation from […]

US approves drones for civilian use

US approves drones for civilian use

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has issued certificates for two types of unmanned aircraft for civilian use. The move is expected to lead to the first approved commercial drone operation later this summer. The two unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) are the Scan Eagle X200 and Aero Vironment’s PUMA. They both measure around 4 ½ feet […]

Russia won’t extradite Snowden to US – Kremlin

Russia won’t extradite Snowden to US – Kremlin

Moscow says security agency FSB is in talks with the FBI over Snowden. But the whistleblower will not be extradited to the US, a Kremlin spokesman said, adding he’s sure the fugitive NSA contractor will stop harming Washington if granted asylum in Russia. “Russia has never extradited anyone, and will not extradite,” said Vladimir Putin’s […]