Tag: US National Security Agency

Merkel Knew German Intelligence Was Spying on German Companies for US

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Germany’s Federal Intelligence Service has been spying for US intelligence agencies for years. Merkel’s Office should have been informed in 2008 about this practice, but the federal government has not undertaken any corresponding measures, a German magazine wrote. It became

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

New Zealand spying on Pacific allies for ‘Five Eyes’ and NSA, Snowden files show

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New Zealand is spying indiscriminately on its allies in the Pacific region and sharing the information with the US and the other “Five Eyes” alliance states, according to documents from the whistleblower Edward Snowden. The secret papers, published by the

Seymour Hersh attacks ‘useless’ NSA over surveillance

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The role of investigative journalists remains crucial in holding power to account, even when that power is ‘incompetent’, according to veteran reporter Seymour Hersh. “The whole purpose of what I think we should be doing is counter-narrative. They have their

German loophole allows BND spy agency to snoop on own people

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German MPs examining the surveillance activities the US National Security Agency have found a legal loophole that allows the Berlin’s foreign intelligence agency to spy on its own citizens. The agency, known by its German acronym BND, is not usually

Ex-NSA technical chief: How 9/11 created the surveillance state

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The US National Security Agency’s mass electronic surveillance programme, known as PRISM, is widely regarded to be one of the biggest privacy invasions of all time, and yet it was US citizens themselves who had demanded to be kept safe

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

France gets serious over ‘Snowden syndrome’ and cybersecurity

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Brittany in northwest France is best known for its crepes and apple cider. This weekend, it also became the site of the biggest cyberattack in French history. The assault – a state-orchestrated simulation at the country’s top military academy in

NSA document confirms Tawhid-Salam findings on Turkish intel chief

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Leaked confidential US government documents appear to corroborate the findings of Turkey’s own investigation into the Iranian-backed terror network Tawhid-Salam in which the head of Turkey’s spy agency was alleged to be working for Iranian intelligence. The top secret US

Identify your spy: Germany asks other countries for names of secret agents

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Germany is asking foreign diplomatic missions to reveal the names of secret service agents working in the country, a report states. It comes amid the spy row between Berlin and Washington, following revelations from former NSA contractor Edward Snowden. The

Bitcoin Suspected to Be NSA or CIA Project

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Popular digital currency bitcoin is a project run by the US National Security Agency (NSA), according to a group that tracks the activities of government organisations around the globe. The group, named CIA Project, claims evidence that the cryptocurrency is

Looking A New Job? Earn $175K As NSA Spokesman; Position Requires ‘Crisis Management’ Experience

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The US National Security Agency is hoping that a new spokesman will be able to help clean up the public relations mess created by years of widespread, indiscriminate surveillance on prominent members of the international community and American citizens alike

Germany NSA’s main target, claims ex-staffer

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Drake, an NSA executive turned whistleblower, said the US National Security Agency (NSA) wanted to punish Germany to a “certain extent” for failing to notice that an al Qaeda terrorist cell had planned the attack series from Hamburg. The cell

EFF denounces NSA defenders’ PRISM claims

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CIVIL RIGHTS GROUP the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has warned defenders of the US National Security Agency (NSA) to stop making excuses and tell the truth. It said that NSA defenders have repeated five ‘facts’ that are not true in

US’ industrial cyber espionage

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On May 19, the United States Justice Department indicted five Chinese military officers on charges of hacking into computers and stealing valuable trade secrets from leading US companies. This is the first time that the US has leveled such criminal

Australia asked Americans for more help to spy on Australian citizens

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Australia’s intelligence agency asked for more help from its US counterparts to increase surveillance on Australians suspected of involvement in international extremist activities. Documents from the US National Security Agency, published by Glenn Greenwald on Tuesday in his book No

Germany to thwart internal NSA probe

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The German government plans to limit their level of cooperation with a recently formed parliamentary panel investigating mass surveillance by the US National Security Agency, Der Spiegel reports. The 8-member panel of inquiry, comprising six lawmakers from the ruling coalition

Putin calls internet a ‘CIA project’ renewing fears of web breakup

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Vladimir Putin gave his clearest signal yet that he aims to break up the global nature of the internet when he branded the network a "CIA project" on Thursday. The Russian president told a media conference in St Petersburg that

Google’s Schmidt: We were attacked by the Chinese and the NSA

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Google chairman Eric Schmidt admitted on Friday that government attacks from China and the US forced his company to enhance security protocols. Speaking at the SXSW technology conference in Austin, Texas, Schmidt said governments around the world have realized that