Category: BREAKING NEWS

BT alleged to have supplied high-speed fibre-optic cable to aid US drone strikes

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The government has been asked to investigate whether BT is aiding drone strikes with a specially built military internet cable connecting US air force facilities in Northamptonshire to a base for unmanned craft in Djibouti on the Horn of Africa. Evidence is mounting that the $23m (£13m) fibre-optic circuit built by BT in 2012 was

FBI, Secret Service investigate reports of cyber attacks on U.S. banks

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The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation said it is investigating media reports that several U.S. financial firms have been victims of recent cyber attacks. “We are working with the United States Secret Service to determine the scope of recently reported cyber attacks against several American financial institutions,” FBI spokesman Joshua Campbell said in a statement

China urged the US to stop “close-in surveillance”

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Chinese and US military officials are holding talks on a code of conduct at the Pentagon, reports say. The meeting comes days after Washington protested to the Chinese military, saying a Chinese fighter jet intercepted a US military patrol plane in mid-air over international waters east of China’s Hainan Island. China denied the accusation and

Obama ‘authorises spy flights over Syria

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President Barack Obama has authorised surveillance flights over Syria in order to gather intelligence on the Islamic State group, a senior US administration official said. Tuesday’s move could mark the first step towards US air strikes against targets inside Syria. The official, who spoke to the AP news agency, was not authorised to discuss Obama’s

The Surveillance Engine: How the NSA Built Its Own Secret Google

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The National Security Agency is secretly providing data to nearly two dozen U.S. government agencies with a “Google-like” search engine built to share more than 850 billion records about phone calls, emails, cellphone locations, and internet chats, according to classified documents obtained by The Intercept. The documents provide the first definitive evidence that the NSA

Iran reveals footage of alleged Israeli spy drone

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Iranian experts are decoding the intelligence devices of what it says is an Israeli spy drone that was shot down over central Iran on Sunday, the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps announced Sunday night. The corps’ aerospace force shot down the drone before it could reach the Natanz nuclear enrichment facility, according to Iran. Israeli officials

Mossad spy who saved Hamas leader’s life calls for him to seek peace

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Seventeen years ago, Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal lay dying, as poison in his veins began to shut down his vital organs, one by one. At the last moment, a shadowy figure emerged, handing over the secret antidote that brought the Hamas leader back from the dead. Now, as the war between Israel and Gaza continues

Report: British intelligence has identified Foley’s killer

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The British security services MI5 and MI6 have identified the British member of the Islamic State jihadist organization who is suspected of murdering American journalist James Foley, according to the London-based Sunday Times newspaper. The newspaper attributed the information to “senior government sources.” The Sunday Times did not name the killer, saying that its sources

Corporations Spy on Nonprofits With Impunity

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Here’s a dirty little secret you won’t see in the daily papers: Corporations conduct espionage against U.S. nonprofit organizations without fear of being brought to justice. Yes, that means using a great array of spycraft and snoopery, including planned electronic surveillance, wiretapping, information warfare, infiltration, dumpster diving and so much more. The evidence abounds. For

US slams China over spy plane ‘provocation’

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The United States has accused the Chinese military of provocation after one of its fighter jets conducted an “intercept” of a US Navy spy plane in international air space over the South China Sea. The Obama administration condemned the latest incident, with Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes saying on Friday that it was a “deeply concerning provocation”. “What

Australia’s overseas spy chief reappointed for another five years

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The boss of Australia’s shadowy overseas spy agency has been given another five years in the job. The federal government has reappointed Nick Warner as the head of the Australian Secret Intelligence Service, or Asis. The foreign minister, Julie Bishop, said Warner has served with distinction and professionalism in the role. “In this post-Snowden era,

NSA Whistle-Blower: Obama’s Authority To Label ‘Terrorists’ Is The Same Rule The Nazis Issued In 1933

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Former National Security Agency crypto-mathematician Bill Binney was blowing the whistle on domestic spying long before Edward Snowden became a household name, and has gone on record describing the agency’s growing powers as increasingly “totalitarian.” Now the 36-year agency veteran is explaining the reason for its expansion — “power, control and money.” “Look at the NDAA

NSA and GCHQ agents ‘leak Tor bugs’ alleges developer

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The Tor Project’s executive director has alleged members of the NSA and GCHQ regularly leak it details of flaws the agencies have discovered in its code. By fixing these flaws, the project can protect users’ anonymity, he explained. The agencies declined to comment. The allegations were made in an interview given to the BBC by

U.S. staged secret operation into Syria in failed bid to rescue Americans

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U.S. Special Operations forces staged an unsuccessful operation this summer to rescue photojournalist James Foley and other Americans being held in Syria by Islamic State militants, according to senior Obama administration officials. The attempt, involving several dozen U.S. commandos, one of whom was injured in a fierce firefight with the militants, was the first known

UK ambassador ‘lobbied’ US senators to obscure Britain’s complicity in CIA rendition program

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Records published under Britain’s Freedom of Information (FOI) Act have compounded concerns that the UK government lobbied US officials to keep Britain’s role in CIA torture and rendition out of a soon-to-be published Senate report. Newly-released data reveals Britain’s ambassador to the US, Peter Westmacott, engaged in at least 21 separate meetings with members of

China spies — sex to cyber

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Sex-and-spying award winner? China’s nominee is surely Katrina Leung, codenamed Parlour Maid. She’d pocketed $1.7 million in FBI money to spy on China by the time Washington figured out she was moonlighting as a double agent for Beijing – while bedding two senior FBI counterintelligence officers in the process. Now, that’s dexterity. We Canadians have

Chinese hackers may have stolen your medical records

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A man types on a computer keyboard in this 2013 photo illustration. (Kacper Pempel/Reuters) Chinese hackers have stolen medical records for 4.5 million patients, according to a regulatory filing from Community Health Systems, a publicly-traded company that runs 206 hospitals in 29 states. The stolen data includes records for patients of who have seen doctors

Turkey demands explanation from Germany over spying on it

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Turkey has demanded an explanation from Germany over media reports that German intelligence service has been spying on the NATO partner for several years. “If the allegations were proved true, then it would be completely unacceptable,” said Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu. “We demand an explanation from the German government and that is our right,”

Australia and Indonesia ‘to end spy rift’

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Julie Bishop told the ABC that a “joint understanding” had been reached and preparations to sign it were under way. Intelligence sharing and military and border co-operation would resume when the pact was signed, reports said. The spying claims came from documents leaked by Edward Snowden. Indonesia briefly withdrew its ambassador. The allegations were first

7 Pages That Gave President Obama Cover to Kill Americans

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Before David Barron was confirmed this year to a lifetime seat on the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, his critics objected that the cover he gave President Obama to carry out extrajudicial killings of American citizens ought to disqualify him from the bench. “I rise today to oppose the nomination of