Edward Snowden

Edward Snowden

30-year-old American Edward Snowden, a contract employee at the National Security Agency, is the whistleblower behind significant revelations that surfaced in June 2013 about the US government's top secret, extensive domestic surveillance programmes. Snowden flew to Hong Kong from Hawaii in May 2013, and supplied confidential US government documents to media outlets including the Guardian

'So much data that we don't know what to do with it': NSA 'spied on Chinese telecom giant Huawei'

Two newspapers have claimed that the NSA spied on Chinese telecoms and internet giant, Huawei. Photos: AFP

Chinese telecommunications and internet company Huawei defended its independence yesterday and said it would condemn any infiltration of its servers by the US National Security Agency if reports of such activities by the NSA were true.

Monday, 24 March, 2014, 8:04am 6 comments

Google’s Larry Page says US online spying threatens democracy

Google co-founder Larry Page. Photo: AFP

Google co-founder Larry Page on Wednesday condemned US government snooping on the Internet as a threat to democracy.

20 Mar 2014 - 5:53pm

Edward Snowden appears as a robot and promises further revelations

Edward Snowden in robot form in Vancouver. Photo: AFP

Former intelligence contractor Edward Snowden has emerged from his Russian exile in the form of a remotely controlled robot to promise more sensational revelations about US spying programmes.

19 Mar 2014 - 9:37pm

Herbert Yardley and Edward Snowden highlight ironies of United States snooping history

Herbert Yardley

In 1929, the US government fired a young, talented intelligence officer who institutionalised America's first permanent agency to intercept foreign messages and break into their classified information. 

17 Mar 2014 - 7:06am

NSA posed as Facebook to infect computers with malware, says report

Facebook said it had no knowledge of the NSA's Turbine program. Photo: AFP

The United States' National Security Agency has reportedly used automated systems to infect computers with malware since 2010, with the agency at times pretending to be Facebook to install its spying tools.

14 Mar 2014 - 4:01am

NSA nominee Vice-Admiral Michael Rogers defends use of bulk data

Vice-Admiral Michael Rogers

The nominee to head the US National Security Agency (NSA) has defended bulk data collection but also wants more transparency about the secretive spy service.

13 Mar 2014 - 1:25am

After shift in tone, Senator Dianne Feinstein is hailed for attack on CIA

Senator Dianne Feinstein is trailed by reporters in Washington before accusing the CIA of illegal spying. Photo: Reuters

A quarrel between the CIA and the US Senate that's been rumbling beneath the surface for years burst into full view on Tuesday when Senator Dianne Feinstein laid it all out in eye-popping detail on the Senate floor, and the CIA quickly pushed back.

13 Mar 2014 - 1:38am

Spy agencies miss clues to terror attacks because of mass surveillance, says Snowden

Edward Snowden speaks via video conference. Photo: Reuters

America's spy agencies are so focused on "mass surveillance" that they have missed clues about terrorist incidents, such as last year's Boston Marathon bombing and an attempted attack on a jetliner on Christmas Day in 2009, former intelligence contractor Edward Snowden said.

12 Mar 2014 - 9:52am 5 comments

US judge tells NSA it must keep phone surveillance records

A visitor talks on a mobile phone as he passes an illuminated advertising panel at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Photo: Reuters

The US National Security Agency was blocked by a judge from carrying out plans this week to begin destroying phone records collected for surveillance after a privacy group argued they are relevant to lawsuits claiming the practice is unconstitutional.

11 Mar 2014 - 11:21pm

Snowden says he alerted officials to his concerns before leaking to media

Edward Snowden

Former US National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden told the European Parliament that he alerted more than 10 officials to his concerns about US government snooping programmes before leaking documents about the efforts.

9 Mar 2014 - 6:22am

Snowden and Putin among record 278 candidates for Nobel Peace Prize

Edward Snowden

US whistleblower Edward Snowden, Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai and Russian President Vladimir Putin are among the nominees for this year's Nobel Peace Prize, as the Nobel Institute announced a record 278 candidates.

5 Mar 2014 - 10:17pm 2 comments

Yahoo furious after British spy agency intercepted webcam photos of millions of users

Yahoo has reacted with outrage after a report that Britain's spy agency intercepted and stored webcam pictures of millions of its users, including many images with sexual content, in what the internet company described as a "whole new level of violation".

1 Mar 2014 - 8:58am

Snowden wins a job at Scotland’s Glasgow University in symbolic move

Edward Snowden. Photo: Washington Post

US intelligence whistle-blower Edward Snowden has been elected to the post of student rector at Glasgow University in Scotland, a school known for choosing civil rights figures to represent its student body.

19 Feb 2014 - 10:21pm

Edward Snowden revelations prompt crisis of trust in Germany

Illustration: Lau Ka-kuen

When Germany's federal criminal police office needs to share sensitive information these days, employees type the particulars and get them hand-delivered.

17 Feb 2014 - 6:22am 1 comment

Documents released by Snowden links NSA to spying on US law firm

Edward Snowden

The National Security Agency was involved in the surveillance of an American law firm while it represented a foreign government in trade disputes with the United States, according to a new report based on a top-secret document that had been obtained by former NSA systems analyst Edward Snowden.

17 Feb 2014 - 6:21am