Cyber espionage

Ex-CIA chief Hayden claims Huawei spies for Chinese state

Former CIA and and National Security Agency director Michael Hayden. Photo: AP

The former head of the United States’ Central Intelligence Agency Michael Hayden said on Friday it “goes without saying” that Chinese telecoms giant Huawei spies for Beijing.

Saturday, 20 July, 2013, 2:24am 19 comments

For both China and America, the cybersnooping game will go on

President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping walk at the Annenberg Retreat of the Sunnylands estate. Photo: AP

Last week, some in the US media speculated that former CIA employee Edward Snowden chose Hong Kong as the unlikely destination for his coming-out party because he was either in the employ of China as a spy or he intends to defect to China.

They also wonder how someone in his sensitive position could have used a thumb drive to simply copy all those documents and walk away.

18 Jun 2013 - 2:05am

Tighten law to prevent snooping, Hong Kong legislators urge

Ronny Tong

Under the city's surveillance regulations, law enforcement agencies need a court warrant to carry out covert operations. In 2011, a total of 1,221 authorisations were issued - 1,196 for interception and rest for surveillance. But the law does not cover snooping by private citizens or foreign intelligence.

17 Jun 2013 - 8:59am 9 comments

US defends huge surveillance programmes

NSA chief General Keith Alexander. Photo: Bloomberg

Top US intelligence officials say information gleaned from two controversial data-collection programmes run by the National Security Agency has thwarted potential terrorist plots in the US and more than 20 other countries - and that gathered data is destroyed every five years.

17 Jun 2013 - 8:59am

America's prying eyes have been focused on China 'for years'

CCTV reported over the weekend that US intelligence agencies have for years spared no effort to access classified information from China.

US intelligence agencies have been spying on China via land, sea, air and cyberspace for years, including a failed attempt to acquire confidential information about China's fourth-generation stealth fighters, according to state television reports.

17 Jun 2013 - 10:53pm 8 comments

Spy programmes no secret to Taliban

The Taliban maintains a website and an active presence on Twitter.

Like the rest of the world, Taliban officials learned last week of the US government's large-scale surveillance of citizens and foreigners, including access to a massive amount of information gathered from online communications.

16 Jun 2013 - 6:51am

EU official 'satisfied' with US spying assurance

Viviane Reding, EU commissioner for justice

Europe has pressed the US for greater detail on the Prism surveillance programme and was told that data collection on Europeans was not conducted in "bulk" but only in cases of strong suspicion of individual or group involvement in terrorism, cybercrime or nuclear proliferation.

16 Jun 2013 - 6:51am 2 comments

Hongkongers don't want Snowden handed over to the US, according to poll

Passengers watch news of Snowden on a train in Hong Kong. Photo: Reuters

Half of Hong Kong people believe that cyberspying whistle-blower Edward Snowden should not be handed over if Washington makes a formal request for his return, according to an exclusive opinion poll commissioned by the Sunday Morning Post.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Facebook, Microsoft admit receiving thousands of warrants seeking data

Tom Furlong, vice president of site operations at Facebook, at the company's server facility in Lulea, Sweden. Photo: Reuters

Facebook and Microsoft said they had received thousands of warrants for data from government entities in the US during the second half of 2012, but added the US government did not permit them to provide specific figures.

16 Jun 2013 - 5:45am 1 comment

Foreign Policy report lifts the lid on US cyberespionage of China

Revelations about the NSA's Prism operation from Edward Snowden have added fuel to Beijing's stance on US cyberespionage.

Published in Foreign Policy magazine and called "Inside the NSA's Ultra Secret Hacking Group", the story by Mathew Aid lifts the lid on the US's covert cyber operations in China. The US continually accuses China of cybercrime. However, senior Beijing officials accuse the US government of hypocrisy and allege Washington is also actively engaged in cyber-espionage.

13 Aug 2013 - 3:40pm

What will Hong Kong do with Edward Snowden? The world is watching

Edward Snowden. Photo: AFP

Hong Kong has a celebrated place in history as a safe haven for revolutionaries: Sun Yat-sen, Ho Chi Minh and José Rizal spent time here fine-tuning ideological positions, formulating strategies and gathering support.

11 Jun 2013 - 7:18am 3 comments

Cybersecurity becomes a pressing priority for corporations

Cybersecurity issue was the top agenda during the meeting of US President Barack Obama (left) and Chinese President Xi Jinping (right) and their respective delegations at the Annenberg Retreat at Sunnylands. Photo: AP

The recently reported Citadel botnet is estimated to have infected up to five million computers around the world and stolen more than US$500 million from bank accounts. Worryingly, Hong Kong is one of the places with the most Citadel infections.

Cybersecurity is now an increasingly critical issue for governments and companies alike.

13 Aug 2013 - 3:37pm

Obama to press China’s Xi Jinping to act against cyber spying

Xi Jinping and US President Barack Obama in 2012. This week's meeting will be Xi’s first encounter with Obama since taking over the presidency in March. Photo: Reuters

US President Barack Obama will tell Chinese President Xi Jinping at a California summit this week that Washington considers Beijing responsible for any cyber attacks launched from Chinese soil and must take action to curb high-tech spying, White House officials said on Tuesday.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am