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Former NSA contractor Edward Snowden publishing memoir

Aug 02, 2019 - 5:03 PM

'Everything that we do now lasts forever, not because we want to remember but because we're no longer allowed to forget. Helping to create that system is my greatest regret,' says Edward Snowden

SNOWDEN. Edward Snowden speaks remotely at WIRED25 Festival on October 14, 2018 in San Francisco, California. File photo by Phillip Faraone/Getty Images for WIRED25/AFP

Ex-NSA hacker sentenced to jail over Kaspersky leak

Sep 26, 2018 - 5:57 AM

(UPDATED) Nghia Hoang Pho put the information on his home computer, which was protected by the popular Kaspersky anti-virus program. US authorities believe that Russian intelligence was able to access his computer through Kaspersky.

NSA. The National Security Agency (NSA) headquarters at Fort Meade, Maryland, as seen from the air, January 29, 2010. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

NSA leak fuels rise in hacking for crypto mining – report

Sep 19, 2018 - 11:51 PM

The Cyber Threat Alliance reports a 459% increase in the past year of illicit crypto mining – a technique used by hackers to steal the processing power of computers to create cryptocurrency

NSA leaker gets 5 years in jail under Trump crackdown

Aug 24, 2018 - 4:45 PM

It comes as the Trump administration ramps up pressure to deter the leaks of classified materials to journalists that have plagued it since last year

ELECTION. In this file photo, a man votes at a polling place at a high school in McLean, Virginia during the US presidential election on November 8, 2016. Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP

Shooting outside US NSA headquarters, one hurt

Feb 14, 2018 - 10:42 PM

A black SUV appears to have crashed into a concrete barrier surrounding the site, and bullet holes were visible in the vehicle's front windows.

NATIONAL SECURITY AGENCY. This undated handout NSA (National Security Agency)image received January 25, 2006 shows the National Security Agency(NSA) at Fort Meade, Maryland. Handout by the NSA/AFP

Russian cyberfirm Kaspersky appeals ban in US court

Dec 19, 2017 - 9:17 AM

Kaspersky is appealing to a US federal court on the grounds the ban it was hit with is unconstitutional because it denied the company a right to due process regarding the validity of the accusation

Russians used Kaspersky program to hack US intel contractor's computer – report

Oct 06, 2017 - 4:49 PM

The Wall Street Journal says the 2015 hack led to the Russians obtaining information on how the NSA itself penetrates foreign computer networks and protects itself from cyberattacks

Germany drops probe into mass NSA surveillance

Oct 05, 2017 - 9:45 PM

Germany's federal prosecution service says it had ended its inquiry into 'the possible mass collection of telecommunication data of the German population by British and US intelligence services'

SURVEILLANCE. A picture taken on April 3, 2014 in Berlin shows a man carrying files before the first session of the committee of inquiry investigating into the possible data surveillance by British and the US National Security Agency (NSA). Photo by Daniel Naupold/dpa/AFP

Trump backs Saudi-led efforts to isolate Qatar

Jun 06, 2017 - 11:04 PM

In a surprise move against a key US ally Trump suggests Qatar is funding extremism as he tacitly backs the diplomatic blockade of the emirate

DMITRY PESKOV. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov attends a meeting of Russia's President Vladimir Putin with his Venezuelan counterpart Nicolas Maduro at the Kremlin in Moscow, on July 2, 2013. File photo by Maxim Shemetov/AFP

Leaked intel report shows Russian hackers probed U.S. voting systems

Jun 06, 2017 - 11:39 AM

The alleged leak of the National Security Agency document by one of the tens of thousands of private contractors to US spy agencies becomes the newest embarrassment for the US intelligence community

SECRET VOTING. In this file photo, a man votes at a polling place at a high school in McLean, Virginia during the US presidential election on November 8, 2016. Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP

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May 24, 2017 - 12:25 AM

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Trump asked 2 intel chiefs to deny Russia collusion – report

May 23, 2017 - 9:32 AM

The Washington Post report suggests that the White House sought to tamp down the Russia probe

US President Donald Trump speaks during the swearing-in of the White House senior staff at the White House on January 22, 2017, in Washington, DC. Mandel Ngan/AFP

Microsoft says cyberattack should be wake up call for governments

May 15, 2017 - 8:22 AM

Microsoft president and chief legal officer Brad Smith warns of the danger of exploits developed by governments falling into the hands of hackers and causing widespread damage

LESSONS FROM A CYBERATTACK. Microsoft's Brad Smith warns governments against storing computer vulnerabilities. Image of Brad Smith from Twitter.

U.S. NSA spy agency halts controversial email sweep

Apr 29, 2017 - 8:51 AM

The powerful US spy agency says that although it has the legal power to continue scooping up such communications it would halt the practice to protect the privacy of US citizens

FBI confirms probe of Trump team ties to Russia

Mar 20, 2017 - 11:17 PM

UPDATED The FBI is investigating the Russian government s efforts to interfere in the 2016 presidential election Comey tells a hearing by the House Intelligence Committee

JAMES COMEY. FBI Director James Comey gestures as National Security Agency Director Mike Rogers looks on during the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence hearing on Russian actions during the 2016 election campaign on March 20, 2017 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Photo by Mandel Ngan/ AFP

Trump tweets Russia collusion claims 'fake news'

Mar 20, 2017 - 8:01 PM

UPDATED His tweet comes just as FBI and NSA chiefs are to speak to Congress on what ties Trump may have with Russia and his shocking claim that he was wiretapped by his predecessor Barack Obama

CALLING PUTIN. In this file photo, US President Donald Trump speaks on the phone with Russia's President Vladimir Putin from the Oval Office of the White House on January 28, 2017, in Washington, DC. Mandel Ngan/AFP

Extradition report is 'speculation' – Snowden's lawyer

Feb 11, 2017 - 6:43 PM

Russia has no legal basis to hand over Snowden says Russian lawyer Anatoly Kucherena

File photo by AFP/Wikileaks

U.S. spy chiefs stand firm on Russia findings

Jan 06, 2017 - 8:23 AM

UPDATED This was a multifaceted campaign So the hacking was only one part of it and it also entailed classical propaganda disinformation fake news says Director of National Intelligence James Clapper

ON CYBER THREATS. Defense Undersecretary for Intelligence Marcell Lettre II, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and United States Cyber Command and National Security Agency Director Admiral Michael Rogers testify before the Senate Armed Services Committee in the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill January 5, 2017 in Washington, DC. Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images/AFP

Rodrigo Duterte, Cayetano vs Trillanes, Edward Snowden | 6PM wRap

Sep 15, 2016 - 11:08 PM

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Rights groups launch campaign for Snowden pardon

Sep 15, 2016 - 1:50 PM

But the White House quickly said it had no intention of pardoning Snowden

PARDON? Edward Snowden in Russia. File photo by AFP/Wikileaks

Fugitive Snowden hid among Hong Kong refugees – report

Sep 07, 2016 - 10:00 PM

A report reveals he had been given shelter by the city s 11 000 asylum seekers

An undated handout picture received from Channel 4 on December 24, 2013 shows US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden preparing to make his television Christmas message. Channel 4/AFP

Snowden joins Twitter, follows NSA

Sep 30, 2015 - 9:20 AM

His Twitter account @Snowden is certified by the San Francisco based company which has more than 300 million active users worldwide

SNOWDEN ON TWITTER. Images from Edward Snowden's Twitter account.

US seeks to reassure France on spying, Assange urges action

Jun 25, 2015 - 9:33 AM

Barack Obama speaks by phone with his French counterpart Francois Hollande to assure him the US is no longer spying on European leaders

In this file photo, US President Barack Obama (R) meets with French President Francois Hollande (L) as part of the NATO Summit 2014 at the Celtic Manor Resort in Newport, Wales, Britain, September 5, 2014. Yoan Valat/Pool/EPA

NSA's high-level spy targets

Jun 25, 2015 - 12:50 AM

Here is a recap of controversies that have sprung from previous leaks about NSA activities targeting foreign leaders in Europe and North and Latin America

France calls US spying 'unacceptable' after WikiLeaks claims

Jun 24, 2015 - 3:10 PM

UPDATED The documents – appearing to reveal spying on Jacques Chirac Nicolas Sarkozy and Hollande from 2006 to 2012 – are published by WikiLeaks in partnership with French paper Liberation and the Mediapart website

WIRETAPPED. A combination created on June 23, 2015 shows (from L) pictures of former French presidents Jacques Chirac and Nicolas Sarkozy and French President Francois Hollande. AFP photo

US says not targeting Hollande's communications in new WikiLeaks furore

Jun 24, 2015 - 9:21 AM

UPDATED France is to convene a meeting of its defense council after the communications – classed as Top Secret and revealing spying from 2006 to 2012 – are published online by WikiLeaks

US and French flags are displayed at Orly airport, south of Paris on June 5, 2009. Boris Horvat/AFP

Britain pulls spies as Moscow cracks Snowden files – reports

Jun 14, 2015 - 5:07 PM

The UK s Sunday Times says other government sources claim China has also accessed the documents which reveal US and British intelligence techniques leading to fears that their spies could be identified

SEAT OF POWER. General view of the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, February 6, 2015. Sergei Ilnitsky/EPA

Edward Snowden: World is rejecting mass surveillance

Jun 05, 2015 - 1:05 PM

Snowden: Though we have come a long way the right to privacy – the foundation of the freedoms enshrined in the United States Bill of Rights – remains under threat

SNOWDEN. A recent, undated handout picture received from Channel 4 on December 24, 2013 shows US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden preparing to make his television Christmas message. AFP PHOTO / CHANNEL 4

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Jun 03, 2015 - 12:00 PM

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US Congress curbs NSA surveillance; Obama signs into law

Jun 03, 2015 - 5:26 AM

UPDATED The US Senate passes landmark legislation that ends the government s bulk telephone data dragnet reining in the most controversial surveillance program since the 9 11 attacks of 2001

FILIBUSTER. Senator Rand Paul (C) speaks to the media after speaking on the Senate Floor on 31 May 2015. The US Senate convened a special session on 31 May afternoon to take up intelligence legislation that includes reforms to the National Security Agency (NSA) just hours before existing legislation is to expire, amid warnings from President Barack Obama and the intelligence community. Photo by Pete Marovich / EPA

Snowden awarded freedom of expression prize in Norway

Jun 03, 2015 - 12:30 AM

Former security contractor Edward Snowden wins a Norwegian prize for freedom of expression and receives yet another invitation to receive the award in person

KEEP OUT. Members and supporters of 'Stop Watching Us' protest against the NSA in Washington DC in 2013. The NSA has been at the center of controversy since fugitive whistleblower Edward Snowden began releasing information about its surveillance capabilities and practices. Photo by Jim Lo Scalzo / EPA

With US Senate in knots, spy provisions expire

Jun 01, 2015 - 10:12 AM

UPDATED Despite the Senate advancing a reform measure the USA Freedom Act it fails to get the Patriot Act over the finish line in time

INTEL HQ. The National Security Agency (NSA) headquarters at Fort Meade, Maryland, as seen from the air, January 29, 2010. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

CIA chief: Ending NSA spying would boost terror threat

Jun 01, 2015 - 12:38 AM

If no action is taken by the Senate Sunday authorities will be forced to shut down the bulk collection program and two other provisions

JOHN BRENNAN. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Director John O. Brennan speaks during an appearance at the Council of Foreign Relations (CFR) in New York, New York, USA, 13 March 2015. Photo by Justin Lane/EPA

US Senate blocks bill that would end bulk data dragnet

May 23, 2015 - 9:54 PM

Efforts to extend the USA Patriot Act are also rejected increasing the prospects that the legal underpinnings of the domestic surveillance program will expire by June 1

NSA HQ. The National Security Agency (NSA) headquarters at Fort Meade, Maryland, as seen from the air, January 29, 2010. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

US agents plotted to find bin Laden via meds – report

May 22, 2015 - 7:48 AM

The supply chain could possibly include International Committee of the Red Cross hospitals It remains unclear if the idea was ever acted on

MEDICINES. Undated file picture of the head of the al-Qaeda terror network Osama bin Laden at an undisclosed location in Afghanistan. Bin Laden was killed in a raid in Abottabad, Pakistan on May 2, 2011. AFP FILE PHOTO

US House passes bill ending NSA bulk data collection

May 14, 2015 - 9:51 AM

The USA Freedom Act is seen as a big win for privacy and civil rights advocates

INTEL HQ. The National Security Agency (NSA) headquarters at Fort Meade, Maryland, as seen from the air, January 29, 2010. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Snowden warns US still intercepts intimate emails

Apr 06, 2015 - 11:11 PM

The good news is that there s no program named the dick pic program The bad news: they are still collecting everybody s information – including your dick pics Snowden says

RARE APPEARANCE. File photo of Edward Snowden from Wikileaks

One dead as police fire on car in incident at US spy HQ

Mar 31, 2015 - 9:23 AM

An FBI spokeswoman says the incident at Fort Meade the NSA s super secure base in suburban Maryland was not believed to be related to terrorism

INTEL HQ. The National Security Agency (NSA) headquarters at Fort Meade, Maryland, as seen from the air, January 29, 2010. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Snowden leaks: NZ spying on Indonesia, Pacific neighbors

Mar 05, 2015 - 11:17 AM

They take every single phone call every single email and they go straight off into databases

An undated handout picture received from Channel 4 on December 24, 2013 shows US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden preparing to make his television Christmas message. Photo from AFP

Snowden filmmaker says US surveillance 'out of control'

Feb 14, 2015 - 3:45 PM

US journalist and documentarian Laura Poitras believes Edward Snowden s revelations helped to boost awareness of what the government is doing to collect information and the risk they are posing

ON US SURVEILLANCE. For three years, US journalist and documentarian Laura Poitras has been working on her documentary film 'Citizenfour' about US whistleblower Edward Snowden. File photo by Britta Pedersen/EPA

German parties lose court bid to quiz Snowden in Berlin

Dec 12, 2014 - 8:55 PM

The Federal Constitutional Court says that it did not have jurisdiction in the case brought by the Greens and Left parties in October against the government and the parliamentary committee conducting the investigation

REJECTED. Germany’s top court rejects a bid by leftist opposition parties to call former NSA contractor Edward Snowden as a witness in a parliamentary probe of US intelligence activities. File photo by AFP/Wikileaks

Online freedom declines, amid NSA effect

Dec 05, 2014 - 7:39 AM

The report by the non government watchdog group Freedom House says online freedom declined in 36 of 65 countries surveyed

Snowden's girlfriend living with him in Russia: film

Oct 11, 2014 - 10:28 PM

The film Citizenfour by Laura Poitras says Snowden s long time partner Lindsay Mills joined him in Moscow in July

SNOWDEN. Former NSA contractor Edward Snowden speaks during a video sent to be seen during the Henri Nannen Prize ceremony in Hamburg, Germany, 16 May 2014. The Henri Nannen Prize awards for quality journalism will be awarded for the tenth time in this edition. Axel Heimken/EPA

India criticizes the US over spy row

Aug 01, 2014 - 12:07 AM

India s foreign minister says US surveillance of India s political parties is unacceptable

INDIA, NEW DELHI : US Secretary of State, John Kerry (L) greets Indian External Affairs minister, Sushma Swaraj during his visit in New Delhi on July 31, 2014. US Secretary of State John Kerry voiced optimism about working with India's new right-wing government as he paid a first visit aimed at reviving a relationship clouded by mistrust. AFP PHOTO/POOL/Lucas Jackson

Snowden a recluse one year on from Russia asylum

Jul 31, 2014 - 6:30 PM

Edward Snowden continues to live a life shrouded in mystery amid a dearth of public appearances

SNOWDEN. Edward Snowden image from Wikileaks

Merkel: US, Germany disagree on 'spying', but ties remain strong

Jul 18, 2014 - 11:04 PM

Though the two have serious differences over privacy issues the ties that bind remain strong

FILE PHOTO. US President Barack Obama (R) speaks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel (L) in the Oval Office before the two held a bilateral meeting at the White House. Photo by Kay Nietfeld/EPA

Merkel laments breakdown of trust in US spy row

Jul 13, 2014 - 9:28 AM

Merkel: The thing we always have to keep in mind when we are working together is if the person across the table is possibly working for someone else at the same time

NOT HAPPY. German Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks during a joint press conference with the Moldovan Prime Minster at the chancellery in Berlin, Germany, 10 July 2014. Maurizio Gambarini/EPA

Germany probing second case of alleged US spying

Jul 10, 2014 - 1:32 PM

German authorities say police had searched the Berlin area home and office of a man who local media reported is a German military employee accused of passing secrets to the United States

CENTER OF POWER. A file picture dated 28 October 2013 shows the US embassy in Berlin, Germany. The US embassy and the Reichstag Building, which houses the German Lower House of Parliament, are only a couple hundred metres apart. Wolfgang Kumm/EPA

Germany weighs how to hit back in US spying row

Jul 09, 2014 - 8:45 AM

The case of a German intelligence operative suspected of spying for Washington drew a fierce response from Berlin

INTEL HQ. The National Security Agency (NSA) headquarters at Fort Meade, Maryland, as seen from the air, January 29, 2010. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Regular people far outnumber foreigners in NSA spying – report

Jul 06, 2014 - 12:09 PM

The Post based their assertion on a four month study of a large cache of NSA intercepted electronic data provided by fugitive NSA contractor Edward Snowden

INTEL HQ. The National Security Agency (NSA) headquarters at Fort Meade, Maryland, as seen from the air, January 29, 2010. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP