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.

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Citadel virus being spread by Hong Kong computers

Citadel sends bank account passwords to hackers. Photo: Reuters

Two computer servers that spread the virus known as Citadel Botnets are located in Hong Kong, according to the latest findings of an international crackdown led by Microsoft and the FBI.

8 Jun 2013 - 4:16am 1 comment

FBI kills man linked to Boston bomb suspect

Investigators stand outside an apartment complex where a man was fatally shot when a team of FBI agents swarmed his home early on Wednesday. Photo: AP

A man shot dead by an FBI agent in Florida was an acquaintance of the Boston marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev, a friend said.

23 May 2013 - 4:58am

US reporters' phone records seized 'to protect lives'

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney takes questions from members of the news media during a press conference in Washington. Photo: EPA

The US government claims it was only trying to protect American lives when it took the drastic step of seizing journalists' phone records in a probe of what it calls a major security breach.

16 May 2013 - 1:17am

Female DNA found on fragment from bomb used at Boston Marathon

A fragment of a pressure cooker used in the Boston bombings. Photo: AFP

Investigators have found female DNA on a fragment from one of the two bombs used in the attack on the Boston Marathon two weeks ago, according to a US official briefed on the probe. The genetic material may have come from a number of sources and its discovery does not necessarily mean that additional people were involved beyond the two brothers suspected in the bombing, said the official.

1 May 2013 - 3:08am

CIA had Boston suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev put on terror watch list

Tamerlan Tsarnaev (left) and younger brother, Dzhokhar

Both the CIA and the FBI flagged the deceased Boston bombing suspect over possible terror ties, but he slipped through the fingers of investigators, officials have said. The revelations have raised fresh questions over why US authorities did not further investigate Tamerlan Tsarnaev, who was killed during a shootout with police last week, and in doing so possibly prevent the attacks.

26 Apr 2013 - 2:37am

Singapore irked by bid to cut US funding over Shane Todd's death

Shane Todd in Singapore. Photo: AP

Singapore said it is disappointed with a plan by two US senators to block funding to an institute until the FBI gets full access in the investigation into American researcher Shane Todd's death.

19 Mar 2013 - 2:02am

Singapore asks US to help probe scientist Shane Todd's 'suicide'

Shane Todd, who was found hanged. Photo: SCMP

Police confirmed they had asked the FBI to examine evidence from the family of Shane Todd, an electronics engineer found hanged in the city-state in June last year.

4 Mar 2013 - 10:13am

FBI plea for information over suspected serial killer Israel Keyes

Israel Keyes

The FBI is appealing for information about the travels of a suspected serial killer believed to have murdered up to 15 people over more than a decade before he committed suicide in jail.

Israel Keyes is thought to have murdered at least eight people between 2001 and March 2012 when he was arrested, said special agent Eric Gonzalez, of the FBI's office in Anchorage.

7 Dec 2012 - 6:06am

Four men charged in California with plot to join al-Qaeda

David Bowdich, (left) an FBI special agent speaks during a news conference to announce the arrest of four people from Southern California on terrorism charges as Bill Lewis, an FBI assistant director looks on. Photo: AFP

Four men with California ties accused of making arrangements to join up with al-Qaeda and Taliban militants for training in Afghanistan have been arrested on US charges of plotting to provide material support to terrorists, the FBI said.

21 Nov 2012 - 9:43am

Paula Broadwell, ex-CIA chief Petraeus' lover, 'devastated by guilt'

Paula Broadwell

Speaking through her brother, the ex-lover of fallen CIA chief David Petraeus has broken her silence on the affair that led to his downfall, saying she is "filled with guilt and shame".

Paula Broadwell and her husband, Scott, were captured by TV cameras returning to their North Carolina home on Sunday after staying at her brother's house in Washington since the scandal broke.

21 Nov 2012 - 3:05am

FBI watched Stalin's daughter after defection, new papers reveal

Lana Peters (born Svetlana Alliluyeva) faces the press on April 25, 1967, after she defected. Photo: AP

Newly declassified documents show that the FBI kept close tabs on Soviet dictator Josef Stalin's only daughter after her high-profile defection to the US in 1967, gathering details from informants about how her arrival was affecting international relations.

21 Nov 2012 - 3:05am

US military's sex scandal snares another Afghan war general

Federal agents carrying boxes of evidence from the home of Paula Broadwell in Charlotte, North Carolina. Photo: AFP

The top US commander in Afghanistan is under investigation for alleged inappropriate communication with a woman whose harassment complaint triggered the resignation of CIA director David Petraeus.

President Barack Obama has delayed General John Allen's nomination as Nato's supreme commander pending a probe by the Pentagon.

14 Nov 2012 - 3:52am

Fall of Petraeus leaves host of questions

David Petraeus and Paula Broadwell. Photo: AP

The dramatic downfall of CIA chief David Petraeus has given rise to political intrigue in Washington with a drip-feed of details concerning his illicit affair, accompanied by serious questions over the timing of his resignation.

13 Nov 2012 - 2:56am

Lover's e-mails to rival led FBI to CIA chief Petraeus

The former CIA director David Petraeus, who has now quit. Photo: MCT

The plot surrounding the resignation of CIA chief David Petraeus over an extramarital affair thickened yesterday with reports that his alleged lover had sent e-mails to a second woman seen as a threat to her love interest.

12 Nov 2012 - 11:00am