National Security Agency

Obama asks Congress to quickly end bulk collection of Americans' phone data

US president Barack Obama.

US President Barack Obama has asked Congress to quickly end the government's bulk collection of Americans' phone records. That could be asking a lot of lawmakers who do not often move quickly without a looming deadline.

Saturday, 29 March, 2014, 1:23am

NSA 'records all phone conversations' in unnamed target country

NSA taps 'all calls' in one country.

The US National Security Agency is recording every single phone call in one particular country, with the agency able to rewind and review conversations up to a month after they take place, according to people with direct knowledge of the effort and documents supplied by former contractor Edward Snowden.

20 Mar 2014 - 5:41pm 1 comment

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

NSA chief Keith Alexander calls for stronger US cyberdefence strategy

Keith Alexander

In one of his final Capitol Hill appearances, General Keith Alexander, the US National Security Agency's director, called for a stronger strategy to deter cyberattacks, saying the line that would prompt a US response against an adversary "does not yet exist".

28 Feb 2014 - 11:50pm

Internet security experts pull out of RSA conference in NSA spying row

RSA Security is owned by data storage giant EMC. Photo: Reuters

At least eight researchers or policy experts have withdrawn from an internet security conference after the sponsor reportedly used flawed encryption technology deliberately in commercial software to allow the US National Security Agency to spy more easily on computer users.

9 Jan 2014 - 10:59pm

NSA looks to offload US domestic phone data as Obama mulls reforms

General Keith Alexander, NSA's director said the agency "has seriously considered moving to a model in which the data are held by the private sector". Photo: AFP

The National Security Agency is exploring how it could relinquish control of the massive database of domestic US phone logs that has been the focus of an intense debate, according to current and former officials.

9 Jan 2014 - 1:41am 2 comments

Nothing funny about NSA's jokers

Now Apple is under a cloud after leaks suggested that the iPhones may have been used as a hacking tool by NSA.

The next time your Microsoft Word document file crashes and that irritating window pops up, asking you whether to send a crash report, read it carefully.

3 Jan 2014 - 3:41am 1 comment

US administration moves to block California surveillance case

A sign outside the National Security Agency (NSA) campus in Fort Meade, Md. Photo: AP

The Obama administration has moved to prevent a federal judge in California from ruling on the constitutionality of warrant-less surveillance authorised during the Bush administration.

23 Dec 2013 - 4:31am 1 comment

Lawyers challenge detention of Greenwald’s partner in London's High Court

US journalist Glenn Greenwald walks with his partner David Miranda in Rio de Janeiro's International Airport. Photo: Reuters

In London’s High Court on Wednesday, lawyers challenged the legality of the temporary detention of David Michael Miranda, the partner of Glenn Greenwald, a journalist who has been writing about the secret documents taken by a former analyst for the US National Security Agency, Edward Snowden.

7 Nov 2013 - 8:13pm

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

Indonesia protests to US as spying row spreads

Indonesian Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa. Photo: Xinhua

Indonesia protested strongly to the United States on Wednesday after a report said Washington had been monitoring phone calls and communication networks from its embassy in Jakarta, as the spying row spread to Asia.

30 Oct 2013 - 9:21pm

Documents signed by Eric Holder say NSA can keep citizen's data forever

Attorney General Eric Holder

The US National Security Agency can keep copies of intercepted communications from or about American citizens if the material contains significant intelligence or evidence of crimes, according to top-secret documents newly published by The Guardian newspaper.

22 Jun 2013 - 3:51am

US security agencies swap data with thousands of companies

Illustration: Henry Wong

Thousands of technology, finance and manufacturing companies are working with US national security agencies, providing sensitive information and in return receiving benefits that include access to classified intelligence, said four people familiar with the process.

16 Jun 2013 - 6:51am

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

Filmmaker Laura Poitras examines US security issues

Laura Poitras, who has teamed up with journalists uncovering the NSA's secret internet-surveillance programme. Photo: NYT

Laura Poitras, 49, played a key role in the Washington Post story revealing a secret National Security Agency programme that used data from internet firms with reporter Barton Gellman. She was also part of The Guardian team with reporter Glenn Greenwald that conducted the video interview with source Edward Snowden.

13 Jun 2013 - 7:18am