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British intelligence tapping fiber-optic cables for massive amounts of data

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More secret National Security Agency documents leaked by Edward Snowden to The Guardian suggest that the U.S. agency's British counterpart intercepts petabytes worth of communication data daily from fiber-optic cables. The operation codenamed "Tempora" by Britain's Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) has been going on for at least 18 months...
British intelligence tapping fiber-optic cables for massive amounts of data
UK government is allegedly involved in US internet spying program PRISM

New Zealand PM apologises to Kim Dotcom over spying 'error'

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Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom receives apology over illegal surveillance, dealing fresh blow to US extradition effortsNew Zealand's spy agency illegally carried out surveillance on Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom, an official report shows, prompting an apology from the prime minister and dealing a possible blow to US efforts to extradite him.Washington...
New Zealand PM apologises to Kim Dotcom over spying 'error'
U.K. Security Agency Also Tapped Into The NSA's Prism Surveillance Program

If PRISM doesn't freak you out about cloud computing, maybe it should, says privacy expert

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The PRISM data collection controversy should give businesses pause about adopting cloud computing, a data privacy expert told the U.K.’s House of Commons on Friday. During a debate, Caspar Bowden, said that the U.K. is “extremely exposed” because of the government’s close ties with the U.S. National Security Agency, according...
If PRISM doesn't freak you out about cloud computing, maybe it should, says privacy expert

Major Data Centers in Northeast Brace for Sandy

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(Credit: NASA Earth Observatory) Major data centers on the East Coast have emergency plans in place, and are preparing to ride out Hurricane Sandy and keep critical communications services online as the powerful storm lays siege to major population centers. Data center providers in New York, Philadelphia and the Washington,...
Major Data Centers in Northeast Brace for Sandy

Report: UK security agency also gathering secrets through Prism

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The United Kingdom's main security agency, the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), is also working with the United States' Prism intelligence program to gather data on various internet companies, The Guardian reports. Documents given to the UK news outlet indicate that GCHQ was able to retrieve "personal material such as...
Report: UK security agency also gathering secrets through Prism

Huawei offers full access to source code in response to spying allegations

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Embattled Chinese technology giant Huawei took steps to repair its image today, offering Australian authorities unrestricted access to the source code for its products.The company was barred earlier this year from participating in the country’s National Broadband Network over concerns its equipment could be used by the Chinese government for...
Huawei offers full access to source code in response to spying allegations

Civil liberties: GCHQ and the American data trough

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The Guardian's Prism documents raise questions about US-UK intelligence-gathering, including that from British citizens, which should urgently be debated in parliamentGiving evidence to parliament's intelligence and security committee last year, the head of the UK Government Communications Headquarters made a simple statement. "Communications data is extremely helpful to us," he...
Civil liberties: GCHQ and the American data trough

More Snowden leaks reveal UK surveillance on 2009 G20 summit attendees

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The impact of Edward Snowden's leaked information now extends beyond the NSA. Today, The Guardian reported that—according to documents uncovered by Snowden—foreign politicians and officials who attended the 2009 G20 summit in London had their calls intercepted and computers monitored by the host country's government. The Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), the NSA's...
More Snowden leaks reveal UK surveillance on 2009 G20 summit attendees

Anatomy of a Government Phone, or, Can the NSA Build an Android?

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The craziest thing about a typical "top secret" U.S. Government phone is that you can probably spot it from a football field away. If your mental picture of a Hollywood-style NSA agent drives a black AMC Ambassador, wears a polyester suit and Ray-Bans, and smokes Luckies, then his phone may...
Anatomy of a Government Phone, or, Can the NSA Build an Android?

After weeks of trying, UK cryptographers fail to crack World War II code found on dead pigeon

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A dead pigeon discovered a few weeks ago in a UK chimney may be able to provide new answers to the secrets of World War II. Unfortunately, British cryptographers at the country’s Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) have been unable to crack the code encrypting a message the bird was tasked...
After weeks of trying, UK cryptographers fail to crack World War II code found on dead pigeon

New Zealand PM Personally Apologizes to Kim Dotcom

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Mr. Dotcom. (commons.wikimedia.org/Andreas_Bohnenstengel) It seems the government of New Zealand may have gotten more than it bargained for with that bonkers raid on Kim Dotcom’s compound. The whole incident, which should have been a simple wham-bam-thank-you-ma’am extraction and extradition, has metastasized into a endless headache over the most banal of legalities. For instance:...
New Zealand PM Personally Apologizes to Kim Dotcom

America's Town Hall Moves Online

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Almost four years ago, the United States experienced the first national election in which social media was seen by many as the key that opened the door to the White House and, no doubt, it will play a critical role in the upcoming election. Over the past four years, it...
America's Town Hall Moves Online

Chinese mobile firm Huawei facing international blacklisting

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Australia, the US and Canada have been moved to act over security fears at one of the world's fastest growing companiesHuawei is a poster child for Chinese capitalism. China's second biggest mobile phone business and one of the world's fastest growing companies, it has risen from humble beginnings in 1987,...
Chinese mobile firm Huawei facing international blacklisting
Proposed UK legislation could allow for monitoring email and internet browsing activity without a warrant

British intelligence agency is reportedly accessing NSA's PRISM surveillance data

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The Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) in the UK is reportedly accessing information obtained by PRISM, the covert initiative created by the National Security Agency and FBI to monitor communications in the United States. The Guardian claims to have obtained documents which show that GCHQ has been able to leverage the...
British intelligence agency is reportedly accessing NSA's PRISM surveillance data

BlackBerry gets chance to justify its .gov existence with BB 10 trial

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In October, US Immigration and Customs Enforcement announced its intention to stop using Research in Motion's BlackBerry, and replace over 17,000 employees' phones with Apple's iPhone. But RIM announced today that ICE has given the company at least a shot at a reprieve, and will conduct a pilot deployment...
BlackBerry gets chance to justify its .gov existence with BB 10 trial

Nick Clegg pledges open hearings over web surveillance plans

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Draft clauses in new parliamentary bill will be scrutinised by a parliamentary committee as anger grows over measuresCivil rights groups will be given a chance to challenge government plans to give the security services new access to internet data, the Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg said on Tuesday night after...
Nick Clegg pledges open hearings over web surveillance plans
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