National Security

  • Guardian, Washington Post win Pulitzers for US spying coverage 15-04-2014 07:19 AM

    New York: The Guardian US and Washington Post were awarded the most prestigious Pulitzer prize on Monday for coverage of secret surveillance by the US National Security Agency that sparked wide debate over government spying. Reuters won in international reporting for its coverage of the violent persecution of a Muslim...
  • Taliban not serious about talks: Sartaj Aziz 27-02-2014 05:18 PM

    Pakistan's targeted military action against militants in Waziristan will be beneficial in the long run as the Taliban are not serious about peace talks, Advisor to Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs and National Security Sartaj Aziz said on Thursday. His remarks came amid speculation that the government is on the...
  • Edward Snowden says 'significant threats' to his life 27-01-2014 11:03 AM

    Former US National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden told German TV on Sunday about reports that US government officials want to assassinate him for leaking secret documents about the NSA's collection of telephone records and emails. In what German public broadcaster ARD said was Snowden's first television interview, Snowden also...
  • NSA also involved in industrial espionage: Edward Snowden 27-01-2014 07:17 AM

    Berlin: Former NSA contractor Edward Snowden claimed in a new interview that the US agency is involved in industrial espionage. In the interview aired on Sunday night on German public television broadcaster ARD, Snowden said if German engineering company Siemens had information that would benefit the US, but had nothing...
  • Indian Army asks personnel to stay away from social media 23-01-2014 10:18 PM

    Fearing that national security could be compromised, the Indian Army has asked its personnel not to use social media like Facebook and WeChat which may have servers abroad. The army is worried that activity on the social media could lead to identification of the army officers and others and their...
  • US: Obama fuels reform on some but not all NSA spying 18-01-2014 06:41 PM

    Washington: President Barack Obama's orders to change some US surveillance practices put the burden on Congress to deal with a national security controversy that has alarmed Americans and outraged foreign allies. Yet he avoided major action on the practice of sweeping up billions of phone, email and text messages from...
  • Pakistan has resumed dialogue with militants: Minister 16-01-2014 10:06 PM

    Islamabad: Pakistan has resumed dialogue with militants to find a "durable solution" to the problem of terrorism after the process was disrupted by a US drone strike, Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said on Thursday. The government is also in the final stages of framing a National Security Policy...
  • Barack Obama likely to approve surveillance changes: officials 15-01-2014 10:53 PM

    Washington: President Barack Obama is expected to endorse changes to the way the government collects millions of Americans' phone records for possible future surveillance, but he'll leave many of the specific details to Congress, according to three US officials familiar with the White House intelligence review. In a highly anticipated...
  • Siachen: A huge human cost for a piece of ice 15-01-2014 09:42 PM

    If the Line Of Control (LoC) is tough, Siachen is only even more difficult. Cold, barren and hostile, living in Siachen isn't easy. But for the hundreds of Army men, braving the frigid climes is simply a way of life. It's an irony that Siachen means "the valley of flowers"....
  • Snowden worked at US Embassy in Delhi: report 14-01-2014 12:22 AM

    Washington: Intelligence whistleblower Edward Snowden worked at the US Embassy in India and took a course in "ethical hacking" in Delhi, about three years before he leaked the NSA's surveillance programmes that embarrassed the Obama administration. Snowden was in India in his capacity as a National Security Agency (NSA) contractor...
  • Apple says never worked with National Security Agency on iPhone hacks 01-01-2014 11:38 AM

    San Francisco: Apple Inc has never worked with the US National Security Agency and is unaware of efforts to target its smartphones, the company said in response to reports that the spy agency had developed a system to hack into and monitor iPhones. Germany's Der Spiegel reported this week that...
  • NSA phone surveillance legal, says New York judge 28-12-2013 12:27 AM

    A federal judge on Friday found that the National Security Agency's bulk collection of millions of Americans' telephone records is legal and a valuable part of the nation's arsenal to counter the threat of terrorism. The decision contrasts with a ruling earlier this month by another US district court judge,...
  • US: NSA releases more documents on surveillance records of Al-Qaida 22-12-2013 08:38 AM

    Washington: The director of national intelligence declassified more documents that outline how the National Security Agency was first authorised to start collecting bulk phone and Internet records in the hunt for al-Qaida terrorists and how a court eventually gained oversight of the program, after the Justice Department complied with a...
  • US: NSA phone record collection ruled unconstitutional 17-12-2013 07:27 AM

    Washington: A federal judge ruled that the National Security Agency's bulk collection of phone records violates the US Constitution's ban on unreasonable searches, but put his decision on hold pending a near-certain government appeal. US District Court Judge Richard Leon, on Monday, granted a preliminary injunction sought by plaintiffs Larry...
  • Google, Apple, Facebook push for limits on government surveillance 09-12-2013 03:11 PM

    Bangalore: Eight US web giants have joined hands to start a public campaign for new limits on how governments collect user information amid concerns of growing online surveillance. The companies - Google Inc, Microsoft Corp, Apple Inc, Facebook Inc, Twitter, LinkedIn Corp, Yahoo Inc and AOL Inc - issued an...
  • NSA collects 5 billion cell phone records globally per day 05-12-2013 11:21 AM

    Washington: America's secretive National Security Agency is collecting nearly five billion cell phone records a day about the precise locations of individuals, including non-US citizens, a media report said on Thursday. The startling revelations by The Washington Post are based on the classified documents leaked by Edward Snowden, a former...
  • Jyotiraditya Scindia's aide wanted in criminal cases arrested under National Security Act 20-11-2013 08:26 AM

    An aide of Union Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia in poll-bound Madhya Pradesh has been arrested under provisions of the stringent National Security Act (NSA), police said in Shivpuri. Anil Sharma alias 'Anni' is the Union Minister of State for Power's aide in Shivpuri district, police said. Anni, who was wanted by...
  • Edward Snowden seeks the world's help against US charges 02-11-2013 10:15 AM

    Berlin: The US refused to show any leniency to fugitive leaker Edward Snowden on Friday, even as Secretary of State John Kerry conceded that eavesdropping on allies had happened on "automatic pilot" and went too far. Snowden made his appeal for US clemency in a letter released Friday by a...
  • Snowden writes to Germans to seek support in spy row 01-11-2013 08:49 PM

    Fugitive US intelligence contractor Edward Snowden has told Germany he is counting on international support to stop Washington's 'persecution' of him for revealing the scale of its worldwide phone and Internet surveillance. In an open letter to a country at the centre of the row over US spying on allies,...
  • Edward Snowden finds job with Russian website 31-10-2013 08:16 PM

    Former National Security Agency (NSA) contractor Edward Snowden, who has been granted temporary asylum by Russia, has found a job with a website, The Guardian quoted his lawyer as saying on Thursday. "Edward starts work in November," Anatoly Kucherena said, according to state-run news agency RIA. "He will provide support...
  • US monitored mails, phone calls in Netherlands, says Dutch minister 31-10-2013 08:05 PM

    Dutch Minister of Interior Affairs and Kingdom Relations Ronald Plasterk has revealed that he received a letter from the National Security Agency (NSA) of the US confirming the monitoring of mail and phone traffic in the Netherlands. After negative reactions from Spain, Germany and France, the Netherlands had so far...
  • US NSA spied on 60 million Spanish phone calls in a month, claims newspaper 28-10-2013 06:13 PM

    The US National Security Agency (NSA) recently tracked over 60 million calls in Spain in the space of a month, a Spanish newspaper said on Monday, citing a document which it said formed part of papers obtained from ex-NSA contractor Edward Snowden. Spain's government has so far said it was...
  • Obama aware of spying on Merkel since 2010, says newspapers 28-10-2013 12:21 AM

    A German newspaper said on Sunday that US President Barack Obama knew his intelligence service was eavesdropping on Angela Merkel as long ago as 2010, contradicting reports that he had told the German leader he did not know. Germany received information this week that the US National Security Agency (NSA)...
  • NSG, NIA to probe Patna blasts, informs RPN Singh 27-10-2013 04:22 PM

    Minister of State for Home RPN Singh said on Sunday that teams of the National Security Guards (NSG) and the National Investigation Agency (NIA) were being rushed to Patna to investigate the bomb blasts in the Bihar capital. Terming the blasts "unfortunate," the minister told reporters: "The home ministry has...
  • How can intelligence officials brief Rahul Gandhi, ask BJP, SP 25-10-2013 03:09 PM

    With Rahul Gandhi claiming that there is intelligence that Pakistani agencies were approaching victims of Muzaffarnagar riots, BJP on Friday said the Home Minister must answer that in what capacity intelligence officials are briefing the Congress MP. The party criticised the Intelligence Bureau (IB), asking how can it brief a...
  • France summons US ambassador over spying report 21-10-2013 03:26 PM

    Luxembourg/Paris: France summoned the US ambassador on Monday to protest allegations in Le Monde newspaper about large-scale spying on French citizens by the US National Security Agency. The allegations that the agency was collecting tens of thousands of French telephone records risked turning into a diplomatic row just as US...
  • Snowden says he took no secret files to Russia: Reports 18-10-2013 12:47 PM

    Former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden said he did not bring any of the documents he took from the agency with him to Russia, the New York Times reported on Thursday. Snowden told the newspaper he gave all the documents to journalists he met in Hong Kong before flying...
  • UP advisory board to hear NSA cases against Som, Rana on October 9 07-10-2013 12:57 PM

    The Uttar Pradesh State Advisory Board will hear on Wednesday two cases registered against two BJP MLAs under the National Security Act (NSA) during Muzaffarnagar riots, officials said on Monday. The two MLAs Sangeet Som and Suresh Rana were booked for their alleged role in spreading communal violence in Muzaffarnagar....
  • Muzaffarnagar riots: Court refuses hearing of Som, Rana through video conferencing 04-10-2013 12:20 PM

    A local court in Muzaffarnagar has refused the proposal of district authorities for hearing the cases of two BJP MLAs Sangeet Som and Suresh Rana through video conferencing and ordered to produce the duo before it on Friday. District authorities had on October 2 requested conducting court proceedings in the...
  • US spy agencies face big layoffs in government shutdown 02-10-2013 10:30 AM

    More than 70 percent of the civilians working for US spy agencies have been deemed "non-essential" employees and face temporary layoffs due to the government shutdown that began on Tuesday, three officials familiar with the matter said. The agencies affected are the Central Intelligence Agency, the Office of Director of...