National Security Agency

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.

Thursday, 13 June, 2013, 2:06am 1 comment

NSA leak prompts questions over US reliance on contractors

Security whistle-blower Edward Snowden was a 29-year-old systems technician at Booz Allen Hamilton. Photo: EPA

The US government may have to reconsider how much it relies on outside defence contractors who are given top security clearances after an NSA contractor exposed top-secret phone and internet surveillance programmes.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

US spy agency seeks probe into leaks over Prism surveillance programme

James Clapper

A top US intelligence agency has requested a criminal probe into the leak of highly classified information about its secret internet spy programme.

10 Jun 2013 - 11:19am 5 comments

Obama adds voice to accusations of China hacking

“We’ve made it very clear to China ... we expect them to follow international norms and abide by international rules," said US President Barack Obama. Photo: EPA

US President Barack Obama entered the fray on Wednesday on cyber attacks from China, saying some intrusions affecting US firms and infrastructure were “state sponsored”.

The comments appeared to step up the rhetoric against China following similar remarks from other members of the US administration.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

US ambassador to UN Susan Rice tipped as national security adviser

Susan Rice, the "far and away" favourite. Photo: Reuters

US ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice is set to become President Barack Obama's national security adviser after the disappointment of being forced out of contention for secretary of state, it is being reported.

12 Mar 2013 - 3:19am

Big Brother (not your neighbour) is watching

The surveillance camera technology of George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four has finally arrived in Shenzhen. The city's police are installing 20,000 street cameras, to be equipped with face-recognition software.

16 Aug 2007 - 12:00am

Less talk but more sleep over covert bill

Speeded-up debate on surveillance legislation avoids overnight session for lawmakers

Lawmakers speeded up their marathon deliberation on the covert surveillance bill yesterday, getting through most of the sticky issues and averting the threat of an all-night sitting.

5 Aug 2006 - 12:00am

Snooping law concerns need to be addressed

The top court's decision to allow the government time to sort out the mess it has got itself into over covert surveillance challenges traditional notions of the role of the judiciary. The judges have taken an exceptional step.

13 Jul 2006 - 12:00am

Lawmakers ask if judiciary will be held liable for security leaks

Legislators scrutinising the covert surveillance bill yesterday asked officials whether the judiciary could be sued if judges or support staff leaked or lost data gathered by covert surveillance.

24 Jun 2006 - 12:00am

Surveillance law delays may force summer Legco session

Legislators may be asked to sit during their summer recess to pass the covert surveillance law after 'unsatisfactory' progress on the bill.

Secretary for Security Ambrose Lee Siu-kwong yesterday said he might apply for special Legislative Council sittings to meet a court-imposed deadline of August 8.

13 Jun 2006 - 12:00am

Snooping targets to be told later

Draft law approved by Exco spells out notification rules

The Executive Council yesterday endorsed a draft bill on covert surveillance that will require the authorities to inform 'some but not all' of the targets of phone taps and covert surveillance once an operation is over.

1 Mar 2006 - 12:00am

Watching brief

Should legislation on covert surveillance be passed by the Legislative Council urgently? Declaring current surveillance unlawful, a judge has suspended his ruling for six months to give officials time to act. Write to us

11 Feb 2006 - 12:00am

Laws on surveillance are long overdue

The legality of covert surveillance operations in Hong Kong has been very much in doubt since two court rulings last year declared various forms of them to be unconstitutional.

10 Feb 2006 - 12:00am

Surveillance order 'unconstitutional'

Law chief calls for quick action on legal wrangle

The Law Society president yesterday called for speedy enactment of a law governing hidden surveillance, claiming the executive order issued this month was unconstitutional.

19 Aug 2005 - 12:00am

Spy-masters living in the past

'The match begins tomorrow', went the transmission in Arabic picked up by America's giant electronic eavesdropping operation, the National Security Agency, on September 10. 'Tomorrow is Zero Hour' was another message detected the same day.

21 Jun 2002 - 12:00am