Cyber surveillance

Europe's outrage over hacking tempered by necessity

European Commisssioner for Justice, Viviane Reding, has sent a letter to US Attorney General Eric Holder saying the answers he gives when they meet in Dublin today could affect the transatlantic relationship. Photo: EPA

Indignation was sharp and predictable across Europe - a continent where privacy is revered. Yet anger over revelations of US electronic surveillance has been tempered by an indisputable fact: Europe wants the information that America intelligence provides.

Friday, 14 June, 2013, 3:56am

Tim Berners-Lee: NSA and GCHQ is 'dysfunctional and unaccountable'

Tim Berners-Lee - dubbed the father of the World Wide Web Photo: EPA

Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the computer scientist who created the world wide web, has called for a “full and frank public debate”over internet surveillance by the National Security Agency and its British counterpart, GCHQ, warning that the system of checks and balances over these two powerful bodies has failed.

7 Nov 2013 - 12:16pm

Governments should codify rules on data collection, Google urges

David Drummond (left), Google lawyer

Governments must codify regulations on silent data gathering so internet users around the world can regain confidence in the web, Google's chief legal officer, David Drummond, has said.

21 Jun 2013 - 3:58am

US defends surveillance tactics in war on terrorism

The New York Stock Exchange, the target of a potential attack which was detailed in Washington by the FBI on Tuesday in a defence the US government's surveillance programmes. Photo: Reuters

In November 2008, Abid Naseer, a Pakistani student living in Manchester, England, began to e-mail a Yahoo account ultimately traced to his home country.

The young man's e-mails appeared to be about four women - Nadia, Huma, Gulnaz and Fozia - and which one would make a "faithful and loving wife".

20 Jun 2013 - 3:46am 2 comments

Debate on use of intelligence can assuage fears of abuse

A general view of the headquarters of the National Security Administration (NSA) in Fort Meade, Maryland, USA. Photo: EPA

Most countries believe it is axiomatic that anything which crosses their borders may be examined without any specific suspicion or cause; a statute normally gives this authority. This applies to people, goods, money - and data.

19 Jun 2013 - 1:26am

Cybersnooping revelations raise key issues

The National Security Agency (NSA) headquarters at Fort Meade, Maryland. Photo: AFP

Big Brother is watching you - this was the warning in George Orwell's novel Nineteen Eighty-Four, published in 1949. Sixty-four years later, the world is shocked to learn that Big Brother is getting bigger. It is widely known that the United States stepped up its spying activities following the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

15 Jun 2013 - 1:53am

National security meets personal safety in Snowden case

National security meets personal safety in Snowden case

Six days ago, former CIA operative Edward Snowden shocked the world by revealing - from a location in Hong Kong - the US government's massive computer surveillance programmes. The revelations were shocking but not surprising, as in this age of hi-tech wonders, any computer user with a brain would have been wary of the possibility of eavesdropping by a technologically omnipresent superpower.

15 Jun 2013 - 1:58am 4 comments

Video games and women: What cheeky Snowden bragged about as a teenager

Edward Snowden at the anime firm in 2002. Photo: Reuters

Long before he became known as the National Security Agency contractor who exposed top- secret US government surveillance programmes, Edward Snowden worked for a Japanese anime company run by friends and went by the nicknames "The True HOOHA" and "Phish".

14 Jun 2013 - 8:56am

A brave new world of hi-tech tyranny

Picture of Edward Snowden, a contractor at the National Security Agency (NSA), is seen on a computer screen displaying a page of a Chinese news website. Photo: Reuters

US officials and tech company executives have rhapsodised for years about how the internet - and more recently social media - will free the world of tyranny and promote democracy. The exposure by Edward Snowden of America's massive surveillance programme rather says the opposite.

14 Jun 2013 - 2:49am 8 comments

New video game mirrors NSA-style surveillance state

A super-hacker eavesdrops in Ubisoft's Watch Dogs game. Photo: AP

A video game with a protagonist who controls the world around him by hacking into systems is generating growing buzz for its eerie parallels with the current storm about US surveillance.

Games typically use weapons ranging from guns and swords to magical powers to defeat enemies, and hundreds like that are on display at the E3 gaming industry conference in Los Angeles.

13 Aug 2013 - 3:42pm

Snowden right to put his trust in Hong Kong's fair and open courts

Illustration: Craig Stephens

Hong Kong has been thrust into the international spotlight after it was revealed that American whistle-blower Edward Snowden sought refuge in our city while he exposed the magnitude of America's secretive state surveillance programme.

14 Jun 2013 - 8:49am 10 comments

US leaker Snowden under criminal investigation: FBI

FBI Director Robert Mueller testifies before the House Judiciary Committee yesterday, saying that the programmes were legal. Photo Reuters

FBI Director Robert Mueller yesterday defended a pair of controversial US government surveillance programmes, telling Congress that leaking information on them harms national security.

15 Jun 2013 - 8:24pm 4 comments

US owes us all an explanation

Government confirms multiple surveillance programs after details leak to media. Photo: AFP

For months, Washington has carefully built a case against China for allowing mainland hackers to target some of America's largest companies and military secrets.

13 Jun 2013 - 2:06am 1 comment

Time to stop the tech giants snooping on us

Illustration: Craig Stephens

The events surrounding whistle-blower Edward Snowden, the ex-CIA analyst and until a few days ago a Booz Allen Hamilton employee, have an element of tragedy as well as farce.

The tragedy comes from the witch-hunt that is being used to cover up the news that US security agencies have been gathering data about us from the big technology firms for years.

13 Jun 2013 - 2:19am 3 comments

US surveillance policy shows it cannot be trusted

US government Confirms multiple surveillance programs after details leak to media. Photo: AFP

How often have we heard American leaders talking about transparency and accountability? The US holds itself up as the world's shining example of good governance, the moral judge of democracy, rule of law, media freedom and basic rights. These are standards by which we all should ideally live.

12 Jun 2013 - 1:20am 5 comments