Tag: GCHQ

GCHQ snooping laws need to be overhauled in wake of Snowden, report finds

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Snooping laws surrounding GCHQ and Britain’s spy agencies need to be overhauled in the wake of the Ed Snowden leaks, a major review has concluded. The intelligence agency does not have the authority or capability to collect and read everyone’s

You can now find out if GCHQ spied on you

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People from around the world can join a campaign to find out if British intelligence agency GCHQ illegally spied on them — and force it to delete the data. The move follows a ruling by the UK’s Investigatory Powers Tribunal (IPT) that

GCHQ does not breach human rights, judges rule

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A case claiming various systems of interception by GCHQ constituted a breach had been brought by Amnesty, Privacy International and others. It followed revelations by the former US intelligence analyst Edward Snowden about UK and US surveillance practices. But the

Experts call for ‘return to human intelligence’ after Snowden

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The UK’s national security boss, Robert Hannigan, should come clean on surveillance and stop attacking technology companies, privacy experts have said. Intelligence agencies must use the debate sparked by Edward Snowden’s surveillance revelations to overhaul their attitude to privacy and

Is the NSA actually making us worse at fighting terrorism?

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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — The head of the British electronic spy agency GCHQ, Robert Hannigan, created a minor flap last week in an article he wrote for the Financial Times. In effect, Hannigan argued that more robust encryption procedures by private

UK intelligence agencies spying on lawyers in sensitive security cases

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The intelligence services have routinely been intercepting legally privileged communications between lawyers and their clients in sensitive security cases, according to internal MI5, MI6 and GCHQ documents. The information obtained may even have been exploited unlawfully and used by the

GCHQ views data without a warrant, government admits

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British intelligence services can access raw material collected in bulk by the NSA and other foreign spy agencies without a warrant, the government has confirmed for the first time. GCHQ’s secret “arrangements” for accessing bulk material are revealed in documents

ISIS teaches how to avoid NSA snooping in a tweet – report

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The Islamic State has released a manual instructing its members how to avoid revealing location and other data when using Twitter, according to reports. The militant group hopes to protect its fighters from the US National Security Agency’s surveillance. The

The Guardian view on MPs and the Edward Snowden agenda

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Last weekend, Edward Snowden reminded a London audience that Britain continues to operate a communications surveillance system in which almost anything goes and to which there are no real limits. Britain’s regulatory regime, he told the Observer Ideas festival, was

GCHQ employs more than 100 dyslexic and dyspraxic spies

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GCHQ employs more than 100 dyslexic and dyspraxic ‘neuro-diverse’ spies to harness their analytical skills in the fight against terror. The British intelligence agency uses their ability to analyse complex information in a “dispassionate, logical and analytical” way to combat

Assange says ‘Google works like NSA’

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WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange equated Google with the National Security Agency and GCHQ, saying the tech giant has become “a privatized version of the NSA,” as it collects, stores, and indexes people’s data. He made his remarks to BBC and

The UK’s Spy Agency Is Even More FOIA-Proof Than the NSA

The Government Communications Headquarters—essentially the British equivalent of the National Security Agency in the US—is, perhaps ironically, not known for being very communicative. Privacy International, a UK charity, is trying to get them to open up a little. This week,

‘Five Eyes’ surveillance pact should be published, Strasbourg court told

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The secret “Five Eyes” treaty that authorises intelligence sharing between the UK, US, Australia, Canada and New Zealand should be published, according to an appeal lodged on Tuesday at the European court of human rights. The application by Privacy International

Google’s upcoming trans-Pacific cable ripe for NSA intercepts

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The National Security Agency is no doubt licking their lips over the potential intelligence trove of Google’s proposed fiber optic cable, which will span the Pacific Ocean from the U.S. to Japan. As a former NSA official told VentureBeat, “Easy to

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

British spy agency scanned for vulnerable systems in 32 countries

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British intelligence agency GCHQ used port scanning as part of the “Hacienda” program to find vulnerable systems it and other agencies could compromise across at least 27 countries, German news site Heise Online has revealed. The use of so-called port

Looking back in anger: One year of Snowden’s leaks

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One year ago, Russia granted Edward Snowden temporary asylum after a 39-day stay for the NSA whistleblower in the transit zone at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport. Snowden had become stranded there while trying to flee to Latin America, where several countries

Greenwald: ‘European leaders have not shown Brazil’s courage’

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DW: The so-called “Handygate” scandal – the monitoring of Chancellor Merkel’s phone by the NSA: Were German intelligence services aware of those efforts? Glenn Greenwald: The documents published by Der Spiegel that reported on the NSA’s surveillance on Chancellor Merkel’s

REVEALED: GCHQ’s BEYOND TOP SECRET Middle Eastern INTERNET SPY BASE

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Above-top-secret details of Britain’s covert surveillance programme – including the location of a clandestine British base tapping undersea cables in the Middle East – have so far remained secret, despite being leaked by fugitive NSA sysadmin Edward Snowden. Government pressure

GCHQ’s spy malware operation faces legal challenge

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GCHQ, the government’s monitoring agency, acted illegally by developing spy programs that remotely hijack computers’ cameras and microphones without the user’s consent, according to privacy campaigners. A legal challenge lodged on Tuesday at the investigatory powers tribunal (IPT) calls for