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NSA chief defends agency amid US spy rift with Europe

(Left-right) Deputy Director of the National Security Agency Chris Inglis, Director of the National Security Agency General Keith Alexander, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, and Deputy Attorney General James Cole testify during a hearing before the House Intelligence Committee on Tuesday in Washington. Photo: AFP

The head of the National Security Agency defended his beleaguered organisation on Tuesday, saying it acts within the law to stop militant attacks and calling reports that the NSA collected data on millions of phone calls in Europe false.

Wednesday, 30 October, 2013, 8:00pm

Prize for cosy ties goes to US tech giants

Sergey Brin, co-founder of Google. Photo: Bloomberg

In October, a US House of Representatives' committee in charge of intelligence issued a scathing report that warned American companies and government departments against doing business with China's two leading telecom companies, Huawei and ZTE, because of their alleged close ties to the central government and the military.

17 Jun 2013 - 4:23am 1 comment

The US security state laid bare

The US security state laid bare

Sales of George Orwell's works are said to be enjoying a small boom ever since the National Security Agency spy story broke, suggesting that, in confusing times, people still find solace in aphorisms and essays, fiction and fantasy, seeking to get a better grip on the uncharted and unclear dangers of the present.

17 Jun 2013 - 4:23am 2 comments

Spy programmes no secret to Taliban

The Taliban maintains a website and an active presence on Twitter.

Like the rest of the world, Taliban officials learned last week of the US government's large-scale surveillance of citizens and foreigners, including access to a massive amount of information gathered from online communications.

16 Jun 2013 - 6:51am

Marchers turn out to support Edward Snowden

Protesters head to the consulate. Photo: Sam Tsang

Hundreds of protesters marched to the US consulate and the Hong Kong government headquarters in support of Edward Snowden yesterday, saying the American National Security Agency whistle-blower had done the right thing and should be protected.

16 Jun 2013 - 6:42am 3 comments

NSA's information behemoth to swallow a library a minute

The US$1.7 billion facility that is being built by the NSA in Utah is based on four big halls filled with servers and cables plus a vast space for technical support and administration. Photo: AP

Deep in Mormon country, thousands of labourers have worked for two years to build a US$1.7 billion facility that will provide a new home for the NSA's exponentially expanding information store. Sited on an unused swath of a National Guard base, by September it will employ about 200 technicians, span 93,000 square metres and use 65 megawatts of power.

16 Jun 2013 - 6:51am

US cannot hide behind excuses

Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying broke his silence and said that 'when the relevant mechanism is activated', the Hong Kong government would handle Snowden's case in accordance with the city's laws. Photo: K. Y. Cheng

When a burglary is reported, the immediate action to take is to assess the loss and damage and alert the police to investigate. With any luck, justice will then be served. So after American surveillance whistle-blower Edward Snowden revealed that Hong Kong computers had been hacked for years, the public rightly expects the government to take it up with the US.

16 Jun 2013 - 2:25am 5 comments

Top officials bury 1978 idea to spy on civil servants

David Akers-jones

A confidential record from that year showed there was a suggestion that the newly formed Independent Commission Against Corruption should be able to collect pay-lists, leave rosters, postings and pictures of people in other law enforcement agencies.

27 May 2013 - 4:21am

Armoured cars and drones on offer at Beijing anti-terrorism technology trade fair

Two Chinese paramilitary policemen test telescopic sights fitted on dummy guns at the China International Exhibition and Symposium on Police Equipment and Anti-Terrorism Technology and Equipment (CIPATE) in Beijing on May 15, 2013. Photo: AFP

Mannequins in riot gear, armoured cars and drones line a police equipment and “anti-terrorism technology” trade fair in Beijing as vendors seek to profit from the nation’s huge internal security budget.

There are estimated to be more than 180,000 protests each year and authorities spend vast sums on ensuring order, more even than on its military, which is the largest in the world.

20 May 2013 - 8:45am 3 comments

Invention prevents ships from colliding with nearby bridges

Polytechnic University Professor Ni Yiqing shows off his intelligent surveillance system, which won top prize in Geneva. Photo: K. Y. Cheng

Surveillance equipment to actively monitor ships and warn them of hazards could soon be fitted to bridges as part of a system developed by a local researcher to prevent vessels from colliding with the structures.

9 May 2013 - 5:45am

Talking points

The Egypt hot-air balloon before its explosion that killed 19

The bodies of the nine Hongkongers killed in a hot-air balloon explosion in Egypt last month are expected to arrive in the city today at about 5.30pm and be transferred to Kwai Chung Public Mortuary, according to the Immigration Department.

11 Mar 2013 - 3:16am

Mother’s video surveillance of daughter angers Facebook users

Photo: AFP

The woman admitted the girl was her daughter and she recorded the video through a webcam installed on her daughter’s desk lamp. “…[Today’s homework]progress is not bad, but she kept talking to herself, and was singing while doing [homework],” the woman commented on the video.

6 Mar 2013 - 5:03pm

ZTE to sell video monitoring unit for 1.3b yuan

ZTE Corp plans to sell an 81 per cent stake in its surveillance equipment subsidiary for 1.3 billion yuan (HK$1.6 billion). Photo: Reuters

ZTE Corp, China's second-largest telecommunications equipment maker, plans to sell an 81 per cent stake in its surveillance equipment subsidiary for 1.3 billion yuan (HK$1.6 billion).

The subsidiary is Shenzhen ZNV Technology, ZTE said in a filing to the Hong Kong stock exchange after the market closed yesterday.

29 Dec 2012 - 4:58am

Internet surveillance needs to strike a balance

Governments around the world appear be nosing deeper into what their citizens do on the internet these days. According to the latest report by Google, their demands for data on private accounts have increased, up from 18,257 in the second half of last year to 20,938 in the first six months of this year.

24 Nov 2012 - 3:03am

Letters to the Editor, October 1, 2012

KMB aims for high safety standards. Photo: David Wong

KMB places emphasis on safe driving

We would like to thank Paul Surtees for expressing his safety concerns ("Bus passengers deserve safer and comfortable trips", September 13). Safety is KMB's top priority so we naturally agree with your correspondent's views and have in place a number of measures to enforce and enhance safety standards.

1 Oct 2012 - 3:40am 2 comments