Tag: United States government secrecy

Germany orders intelligence agency to fix flaws in operations

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BERLIN, April 23 (Reuters) – The German government has ordered its foreign intelligence agency to address flaws in some of its operations, after Der Spiegel reported that agency officials indirectly helped U.S. agencies spy on European firms such as defence

When Will the NSA Stop Spying on Innocent Americans?

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Unless Congress acts, Americans will soon benefit from one of the Patriot Act’s most important safeguards against abuse: Language in Section 215 of the law is scheduled to expire in June, depriving the FBI and NSA of a provision they’ve

With clock ticking, lawmakers have no plan for reforming NSA

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Lawmakers are nowhere close to a deal to renew provisions of the Patriot Act, with a deadline little more than two months away. They must now race to get legislation passed before the spying powers run out on June 1,

Don’t trust your phone, don’t trust your laptop – this is the reality that Snowden has shown us

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Back in July 2013, a few weeks after Edward Snowden’s revelations about internet and mobile-phone surveillance began, I wrote a column that began: “Repeat after me: Edward Snowden is not the story. The story is what he has revealed about the hidden

A Group ‘Hacked’ the NSA’s Website to Demonstrate a Widespread Bug

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A group of researchers only needed $104 and 8 hours of Amazon’s cloud computing power to hack the NSA’s website. And their feat was made possible by a bug that, ironically, was practically created by the NSA itself and its

NSA spying inquiry: UK-German intelligence-sharing dispute deepens

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Germany’s efforts to investigate National Security Agency (NSA) spying are being hampered by Britain’s refusal to co-operate amid threats to break off intelligence-sharing agreements, a German newspaper has reported. The claims note a heightening of tensions between Downing Street and

NSA Braced for New Leaks

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The National Security Agency, still reeling from massive leaks caused by Edward Snowden, is preparing to be hit with another major loss of secrets, according to U.S. intelligence officials. The leaks are expected to be published in the near future

Obama Sets Limitations on NSA Spying After Snowden Leaks

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US intelligence agencies will limit the use of information they gather on foreigners, including eliminating material that isn’t relevant to national security after five years, according to the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, reports Bloomberg. NSA analysts will delete some information collected about US citizens which

The Government Must Show Us the Evidence That North Korea Attacked Sony

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When you’re attacked by a missile, you can follow its trajectory back to where it was launched from. When you’re attacked in cyberspace, figuring out who did it much harder. This reality of international aggression in cyberspace will change how

Before Snowden, a Debate Inside NSA

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Years before Edward Snowden sparked a public outcry with the disclosure that the National Security Agency had been secretly collecting American telephone records, some NSA executives voiced strong objections to the program, current and former intelligence officials say. The program

Public Increasingly Wary of the NSA, Poll Finds

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During his Senate confirmation hearing earlier this year, Adm. Michael Rogers, now commander of U.S. Cyber Command and director of the National Security Agency, said that he saw it as his job as the head of the NSA to change public attitudes

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

Court Considers Suit Against NSA Phone Surveillance

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WASHINGTON—Can a government computer program violate a person’s constitutional rights? A federal appeals court weighing the legality of a controversial National Security Agency phone surveillance program wrestled with that question Tuesday as it discussed whether someone’s rights could be violated

FBI Identifies 2nd NSA Leaker

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The FBI has identified an employee of a federal contracting firm suspected of being the so-called “second leaker” who turned over sensitive documents about the U.S. government’s terrorist watch list to a journalist closely associated with ex-NSA contractor Edward Snowden,

Comforting the NSA and Afflicting Its Dissenters

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In a New Republic article on NSA surveillance, Yishai Schwartz defends the U.S. government against the critiques of whistleblower Edward Snowden and his supporters. This defense warrants close scrutiny, because several of the arguments offered echo misinformation spread by national

Ex-spy chief’s private firm ends deal with U.S. official

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(Reuters) – Former National Security Agency director Keith Alexander has ended a deal with a senior U.S. intelligence official allowing the official to work part-time for his firm, an arrangement current and former officials said risked a conflict of interest.

The NSA’s Moonlighting Problem

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In Washington, the revolving door between government service and more lucrative ventures is common, if not expected. However, having one foot in each has raised questions for the National Security Agency, which has launched an internal review of one senior

U.S. drops contractor that did background checks for Snowden and Navy Yard shooter

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. government is dropping its largest security clearance contractor, U.S. Investigations Services LLC, which carried out background checks on Edward Snowden (pictured above) and the man who shot 12 people to death at the Washington Navy

‘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