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Yahoo to join Google to create spy-free email systems

Yahoo to join Google to create spy-free email systems

Yahoo Inc said it will join Google Inc to create a secure email system by next year that could make it nearly impossible for hackers or government officials to read users' messages, The Wall Street Journal reported. The move comes as large technology companies unite to beef up their defenses against government intrusion and...

Snowden receives three-year Russian residence permit

Snowden receives three-year Russian residence permit

Former US intelligence contractor Edward Snowden has received a three-year residence permit from Russia, his Russian lawyer told reporters on Thursday. "The decision on the application has been taken and therefore starting Aug 1, 2014 Edward Snowden has received a three-year residential permit," Anatoly Kucherena said. The former National Security Agency (NSA) contractor received temporary...

Germany expels CIA official in US spy row

Germany expels CIA official in US spy row

The German government has ordered the expulsion of a CIA official in Berlin in response to two cases of alleged spying by the US. The official is said to have acted as a CIA contact at the US embassy, reports say, in a scandal that has infuriated German politicians. A 31-year-old German intelligence official was...

Snowden asks to extend Russia stay: Report

Snowden asks to extend Russia stay: Report

NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden has filed an official petition to extend his asylum in Russia for another year. He has been living in the country since taking 1.7 million intelligence files from various US agencies. This is according to Snowden’s lawyer, Anatoly Kucherena. Snowden’s current term of stay in Russia expires on July 31,...

Ordinary internet users 'made up bulk of NSA intercepts'

Ordinary internet users 'made up bulk of NSA intercepts'

Ninety percent of people identified in a tranche of communications intercepted by the NSA were ordinary internet users, not surveillance targets, analysis by a US paper suggests. The Washington Post says innocents were "caught in a net the National Security Agency had cast for somebody else". Much of the highly personal information was retained, the...

Germany summons envoy over US spy

Germany summons envoy over US spy

The German authorities have summoned the US ambassador in Berlin after a man was arrested on suspicion of spying. The US diplomat "was asked to help in the swift clarification" of the case, the foreign ministry said. German officials confirmed the arrest but released no other details. US-German ties were strained after allegations last year that...

Merkel’s 'phone tap' by NSA to be probed

Merkel’s 'phone tap' by NSA to be probed

Germany is to investigate allegations by US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden that the US government bugged Chancellor Angela Merkel's phone. Federal prosecutor Harald Range informed the German parliament's legal affairs committee that an investigation would be held into persons unknown. Merkel has publicly asked for an explanation for the alleged spying by the US National...

Kerry tells fugitive Snowden to 'man up'

Kerry tells fugitive Snowden to 'man up'

US Secretary of State John Kerry has labelled intelligence leaker Edward Snowden a fugitive from justice who should "man up" and return home. Kerry added that if Snowden, 30, "believes in America, he should trust the American system of justice". His comments come in the wake of an interview with NBC in which Snowden said...

NSA stories take Pulitzer Prize

NSA stories take Pulitzer Prize

The Guardian and Washington Post have shared the Pulitzer Prize for public service journalism for a series of stories on US electronic spying. Their reporting was based on documents leaked by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden. Among other winners of the top prize in US journalism was the Boston Globe, for breaking news...

NSA denies knowledge of Heartbleed bug

NSA denies knowledge of Heartbleed bug

The US National Security Agency has denied it knew about or exploited the Heartbleed online security flaw. The denial came after a Bloomberg News report alleging the NSA used the flaw in OpenSSL to harvest data. OpenSSL is online-data scrambling software used to protect data such as passwords sent online. Last year, NSA leaker Edward Snowden claimed the organisation deliberately introduced vulnerabilities to security software. The bug, which allows hackers to snatch chunks of data from systems protected by OpenSSL, was revealed by researchers working for Google and a small Finnish security firm, Codenomicon, earlier this month. OpenSSL is used by roughly two-thirds of all websites and the glitch existed for more than two...

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