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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.

Microsoft lawyer says future is ‘bleak’ because of NSA surveillance

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Microsoft’s top lawyer doesn’t see much reason to be optimistic going forward if the National Security Agency doesn’t stop its bulk collection of private data, pointing to a “bleak future” and a lack of justice and accountability. Speaking at the

Snowden Leaks Cost Nation’s Cyber Security Efforts, Former NSA Official Says

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A former deputy National Security Agency director said intelligence secrets leaked by Edward Snowden last June derailed legislative attempts to encourage the public and private sectors to share information about vulnerabilities in cyberspace, and said the government must do more

NSA contractors use LinkedIn profiles to cash in on national security

NSA 'incidentally collected' British citizens’ mobile phone and fax numbers, emails and IP addresses

NSA spies need jobs, too. And that is why many covert programs could be hiding in plain sight. Job websites such as LinkedIn and Indeed.com contain hundreds of profiles that reference classified NSA efforts, posted by everyone from career government

Russian sanctions, NSA spying top the agenda at Merkel’s White House visit

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Germany’s Chancellor Merkel is in the White House for the first time since it was revealed the NSA monitored her personal communications. During bilateral talks with Barack Obama, Merkel is expected to broach sanctions on Russia and US spying. Relations

Why CIA, NSA can’t spy on Putin?

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Earlier this month, as Russia began its move in Crimea, U.S. spy agencies reportedly found a worrying silence in the spot where they were listening most attentively — the digital space around Russian President Vladimir Putin and his military brass.

Ex-NSA Chief Details Snowden’s Hiring at Agency, Booz Allen

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DEL MAR, Calif.— Edward Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor who leaked information about the agency's surveillance program, targeted Booz Allen Hamilton Inc. for employment because of its access to national security contracts, a company vice chairman said Tuesday.

N.S.A. Head Says European Data Was Collected by Allies

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WASHINGTON — The head of the National Security Agency on Tuesday vigorously challenged recent reports that the United States had been gathering the phone records of millions of Europeans, saying that the records had in fact been turned over by

Report claims NSA monitored 60 million phone calls in Spain

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The National Security Agency monitored 60 million phone calls made in Spain over the course of a single month last year, according to a report published by a Spanish newspaper Sunday evening. El Mundo, citing information in documents leaked by

A CEO who resisted NSA spying is out of prison. And he feels ‘vindicated’ by Snowden leaks

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Just one major telecommunications company refused to participate in a legally dubious NSA surveillance program in 2001. A few years later, its CEO was indicted by federal prosecutors. He was convicted, served four and a half years of his sentence

Social Media Pose New Riddle for CIA

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Effective spycraft has long called for cover—a job, family or routine that would keep a government agent from drawing undue attention. Now, that calculation extends to spies' use of social media. Only in the past few years has the Central

Foreign hackers targeted former military chief Mullen

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Foreign hackers targeted the computers of Mike Mullen, ex-chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday, calling it the latest in a pattern of attacks on computers of former high-ranking U.S.