US defends huge surveillance programmes

NSA chief General Keith Alexander. Photo: Bloomberg

Top US intelligence officials say information gleaned from two controversial data-collection programmes run by the National Security Agency has thwarted potential terrorist plots in the US and more than 20 other countries - and that gathered data is destroyed every five y

Monday, 17 June, 2013, 8:59am

Spying scandal puts an end to Barack Obama's long European honeymoon

Angela Merkel will quiz Obama over surveillance. Photo: Reuters

Explosive revelations about US phone and internet surveillance programs will challenge President Barack Obama's popularity and moral authority when he arrives in Europe today.

17 Jun 2013 - 5:53am

Spying scandal creates unlikely US alliance, uniting far left, far right

Strange bedfellows: Rand Paul (left) and John Conyers.

American liberals and libertarians rarely see eye to eye - but they have united behind demands for more transparency following the revelations of vast and secretive US surveillance.

17 Jun 2013 - 5:53am

US spies on citizens and foreigners by tapping into web and phone traffic

Facebook users are spied on

US spies are secretly tapping into servers of nine internet giants including Apple, Facebook, Microsoft and Google in a vast anti- terror sweep targeting foreigners.

8 Jun 2013 - 5:03am 2 comments

British lawmakers blast failure to monitor Huawei

Huawei CEO and founder Ren Zhengfei (right) meeting with British Prime Minister David Cameron in London last year. Photo: AFP

British lawmakers have blasted the government for risking national security by failing to monitor the widespread use of Chinese equipment in Britain's phone and broadband networks.

7 Jun 2013 - 1:50am

Light jail terms for GM pair over theft of hybrid technology

Yu Qin and Shanshan Du

A former General Motors engineer convicted of stealing thousands of pages of hybrid technology was sentenced to just a year and a day in jail, far below the punishment sought by the government in a case that involved her husband and an alleged scheme to take the trade secrets to China.

3 May 2013 - 3:48am

Euro Disney 'spied on job candidates'

Euro Disney have been taken to court for allegedly spying on potential job candidates

Euro Disney, the company that runs Disneyland Paris, and two former police officers have been taken to court for allegedly spying on candidates who applied for jobs at the theme park. t is alleged the company secretly paid the ex-officers about €36,000 a year to illegally access police file information on job applicants, including their court history, legal cases and convictions.

26 Apr 2013 - 3:18am

Former Hong Kong diplomat jailed 12 years for spying

Dutch diplomat Raymond Poeteray and his wife Meta. Photo: SCMP Pictures

A former Hong Kong-based diplomat has been jailed for 12 years for selling hundreds of sensitive military documents to Russia intelligence - including Nato's activities in Afghanistan and Libya. Ex-Dutch foreign service employee Raymond Poeteray - who worked at the consulate in Hong Kong between 2004 and 2008 - "perturbed and undermined the interests of the Netherlands and its allies", the court in The Hague said in a statement yesterday.

24 Apr 2013 - 4:02am

US jails Chinese engineer for taking files on missile guidance system to China

US jails Chinese engineer for taking files on missile guidance system to China

Measured in millimetres, the tiny device was designed to allow drones, missiles and rockets to hit targets without satellite guidance. An advanced version was being developed secretly for the United States military by a small firm and L-3 Communications, a major defence contractor.

27 Mar 2013 - 3:47am

Prisoner X arrested after leaking Mossad work: ABC

The man, identified by Australian media as Mossad agent Ben Zygier, known as "Prisoner X", died in a secret prison near Tel Aviv in 2010 in a case the Israeli government went to extreme lengths to cover up. Photo: AFP

A suspected Mossad agent known as Prisoner X was arrested by his own spymasters after leaking detailed information about his work to Australian intelligence services, according to sources cited by broadcaster ABC on Monday.

18 Feb 2013 - 8:47pm

Australia ‘deeply involved’ in Israel spy case, says report

The tombstone of Ben Zygier stands at Chevra Kadisha Jewish Cemetery in Melbourne. Photo: AP

Australian intelligence had detailed knowledge of the case of a Melbourne man thought to have been an Israeli spy well before he died in a Tel Aviv jail in 2010, a report said on Saturday.

16 Feb 2013 - 4:24pm

Israeli spy saga raises press freedom questions

The tombstone of Ben Zygier stands at Chevra Kadisha Jewish Cemetery in Melbourne, Australia on Friday. Photo: AP

Foreign reports about the mysterious death of an Australian-Israeli Mossad agent who died in an Israeli prison two years ago have sparked a rare backlash against the country’s well-respected security agencies.

15 Feb 2013 - 10:01am

Taiwanese officer gets 12 life terms for spying for mainland

A former Taiwanese air force officer has been given 12 life sentences for spying for the mainland, adding to a long list of espionage cases that have rocked the island.

7 Feb 2013 - 3:47am

Hackers are the new James Bond

The US quickly pointed to China as being behind recent on-line assaults against prominent American media organisations. Photo: AP

When we think of spies, James Bond comes most readily to mind. But the spying game has changed markedly since the fictional British super-sleuth entered popular conscience more than half a century ago. Espionage is now most likely to take place over the internet, where there are few regulations, insurmountable terrain does not exist and, for the most determined hacker, anything is possible.

5 Feb 2013 - 6:04am 1 comment

Talking points

Raymond Poeteray

Ex-HK consulate official in Dutch spy case

29 Jan 2013 - 1:41am