SURVEILLANCE

  • Security flaws allow global cellular eavesdropping 15 hours 14 minutes ago

    Berlin: Security flaws in a system used by cellphone carriers around the world could open the door to wide-ranging surveillance of mobile phone traffic, according to a German researcher who discovered the problem. The issue affects a telecommunications standard called Signaling System 7, or SS7, which is used by carriers to...
  • Online privacy will remain a thorny issue over the next decade Yesterday

    Washington: Online privacy will remain a thorny issue over the next decade, without a widely accepted system that balances user rights and personal data collection, a survey of experts showed. "The vast majority of experts agree that people who operate online are living in an unprecedented condition of ubiquitous surveillance," said...
  • Detekt: A tool that lets users detect surveillance spyware November 21, 2014

    Berlin: Four human rights groups have released a tool that lets users check whether their computer has been infected with surveillance software. Amnesty International says the tool released Thursday, called Detekt, is designed for right activists and journalists but will be freely available to anybody who fears their computer is being...
  • WhatsApp begins end-to-end encryption for all messages November 19, 2014

    San Francisco: WhatsApp, the globally popular instant messaging system owned by Facebook, has begun using a powerful new encryption program aimed at protecting users' conversations from unwanted surveillance and snooping. The messaging service, which has 600 million users and is especially popular in Europe and Asia, added the new encryption to...
  • China to launch new marine surveillance satellites HY-3 October 8, 2014

    Beijing: China on Wednesday said it will launch a new "constellation" of marine surveillance satellites in 2019 to monitor ships, oil rigs and marine disasters, amidst a string of raging maritime disputes with its neighbours. The HY-3 "constellation" will include a series of satellites that employ synthetic aperture radar technology, "capable...
  • 5th swine flu case detected in Indore September 23, 2014

    Indore: With a 25-year-old woman testing positive for swine flu, the number of those infected with the H1N1 virus in the district this year has risen to five, a senior health official said. The woman, a resident of Manikbagh area, was admitted to a private hospital on September 18 after...
  • Britain hires dyslexic spies in antiterror campaign September 21, 2014

    London: Britain's main surveillance agency is employing over 100 afflicted with dyslexia and dyspraxia as spies in the country's fight against terror. The Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), referred to as the UK's listening post, uses the ability of these "neurodiverse" spies to analyse complex information in a "dispassionate, logical and analytical"...
  • US threatened Yahoo with $250,000 a day fine over surveillance September 12, 2014

    Washington: US authorities threatened to fine Yahoo $250,000 a day if it failed to comply with a secret surveillance program requiring it to hand over user data in the name of national security, court documents showed Thursday. The documents, made public in a rare unsealing by a secretive court panel, "underscore...
  • Centre taps over 1 lakh phones a year, many more by states: Report September 4, 2014

    New Delhi: More than one lakh phone tapping orders are issued by the central government every year, but the total number of such interceptions can be of a 'staggering scale' after taking into account the directions from state governments, a new study has found. The study, 'India's surveillance state', prepared on...
  • CISF revamps security at airports, starts tactical profiling of passengers August 17, 2014

    New Delhi: The Central Security Industrial Force (CISF) is revamping the security protocols at all the airports by starting passenger profiling along with the drill of frisking passengers. The central paramilitary has issued directions to all its Airport Security Groups to start an intelligent profiling of air travellers in order...
  • Edward Snowden can stay 3 more years in Russia: Lawyer August 8, 2014

    Moscow: Former NSA systems analyst Edward Snowden, who is wanted by the US for leaking details about oncesecret surveillance programs, has been granted permission to stay in Russia for three more years, his lawyer said Thursday. Snowden last year was granted temporary asylum of one year in Russia, but that expired...
  • US surveillance programs threaten freedom of the Press, says report July 29, 2014

    Washington: US surveillance programs are making it more difficult for government officials to speak to the Press anonymously, two rights groups said on Monday. Largescale surveillance, on top of the Obama administration's crackdown on national security leaks, threatens the freedom of the Press and the right to legal counsel, Human Rights...
  • Edward Snowden seeks to develop antisurveillance technologies July 20, 2014

    New York: Edward Snowden, a former US spy agency contractor who leaked details of major US surveillance programs, called on supporters at a hacking conference to spur development of easytouse technologies to subvert government surveillance programs around the globe. Snowden, who addressed conference attendees on Saturday via video link from...
  • Afraid of the NSA? A new secrecycloaking mobile app lets you make, receive private phone calls; available on Android, iOS July 10, 2014

    Vienna: Silent Circle, a company known for mobile apps designed to thwart government surveillance, is introducing on Thursday a secrecycloaking phone service that lets customers make and receive private phone calls for as little as $12.95 a month. The secure, fixedrate voice and data calling plan works on Apple iOS and...
  • Intel working on models in security and surveillance field June 26, 2014

    Coimbatore: Intel, a world leader in computing innovation, is working on designing various models in the field of security and surveillance across the country and is in dialogue with some state governments, a top company official said on Thursday. Since security is becoming a major concern in every field, be...
  • NSA finds one email from Edward Snowden raising question May 30, 2014

    Washington: Edward Snowden says he repeatedly raised constitutional concerns about National Security Agency surveillance internally, but an NSA search turned up a single email in which Snowden gently asks for "clarification" on a technical legal question about training materials, agency officials said on Thursday. Snowden, a former NSA systems administrator whose...
  • Surveillance team recovers Rs 25 lakh from luxury car April 5, 2014

    A static surveillance team of election department on Saturday recovered over Rs 25 lakh from a luxury car in Malviya Nagar area here. It is suspected that the cash was to be used for the purpose of election by some candidate. The car owner Kapil Chauhan could not explain the source of...
  • Mark Zuckerberg phoned Barack Obama to complain about NSA spying March 14, 2014

    New York: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg says he has called President Barack Obama to express his frustration over what he says is long-lasting damage caused by the US government's surveillance programs. Posting on his Facebook page Thursday, Zuckerberg wrote that he's been "confused and frustrated by the repeated reports of the...
  • NSA leaker Edward Snowden says has no regrets for leaks March 11, 2014

    Austin: National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden says he has no regrets about revealing the agency's mass surveillance program. Snowden spoke Monday via live video conference to a packed audience at the South By Southwest Interactive Festival. The former NSA contractor, who remains in Moscow living in temporary asylum, faces felony charges...
  • Yahoo names US surveillance critic Alex Stamos as chief security officer March 11, 2014

    Boston: Yahoo Inc has named well-known security researcher Alex Stamos as its chief information security officer, tapping a vocal critic of the US government's secret surveillance programs for the position. Stamos was one of the primary organisers of TrustyCon, a gathering of prominent technology experts last month who had pulled out...
  • Edward Snowden speaks at SXSW conference March 11, 2014

    Austin: NSA leaker Edward Snowden spoke via live video conference Monday to a packed audience at the South By Southwest Interactive Festival. The former NSA contractor, who remains in Moscow living in temporary asylum, faces felony charges in the US after revealing the agency's mass surveillance program by leaking thousands of...
  • UK spy agency collected sexually explicit images from Yahoo Messenger video chats February 28, 2014

    London: Britain's signals intelligence division is stealing screenshots from hundreds of thousands of innocent Yahoo users' webcam videos, according to the Guardian newspaper, which also reported that the years-long operation has swept up a huge haul of intimate photographs. The newspaper said GCHQ has been scooping up the sensitive images by...
  • MTS announces entry into surveillance security service February 20, 2014

    New Delhi: Telecom operators Sistema Shyam Teleservices, which operates under the MTS brand, announced it is entering into the remote security surveillance segment with launch of an Internetbased solution in partnership with DLink. "MSecure launch makes MTS the first telecom operator in the country to offer video surveillance solution bundled...
  • NSA gets under 30 per cent of US phone data: Reports February 8, 2014

    Washington: The US National Security Agency collects less than 30 per cent of calling data from Americans despite the agency's massive daily efforts to sweep up the bulk of US phone records, two US newspapers reported Friday. Citing anonymous officials and sources, The Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal both...
  • Noida police to upgrade facilities for better surveillance January 29, 2014

    Uttar Pradesh government on Tuesday gave approval for the setting up of five police stations, a hitech police control room, a cybercrime police station and a forensic lab in Greater Noida region. The state cabinet approved the proposal of the police department to upgrade security and surveillance for the twin cities...
  • NSA also involved in industrial espionage: Edward Snowden January 27, 2014

    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...
  • NSA collects 200 million SMS text messages a day globally January 17, 2014

    Washington: The US National Security Agency has been gathering nearly 200 million text messages a day from around the world, gathering data on people's travel plans, contacts and credit card transactions, Britain's Guardian newspaper reported on Thursday. Codenamed "Dishfire," the NSA program collects "pretty much everything it can," the Guardian said,...
  • NSA malware spies on 100,000 computers around the world, including in India January 16, 2014

    Washington: The US National Security Agency has implanted software in nearly 100,000 computers around the world but not in the United States that allows the US to conduct surveillance on those machines, The New York Times reported Tuesday. The Times cited NSA documents, computer experts and US officials in...
  • Barack Obama likely to approve surveillance changes: officials January 15, 2014

    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 speech...
  • US judge rules NSA telephone surveillance lawful December 28, 2013

    New York: A US court here today ruled that the National Security Agency's controversial telephone surveillance programme was "lawful" and the snooping was a valuable component to eliminate alQaeda's terror network. In a 53page ruling, New York District Judge William Pauley said the NSA's bulk telephony metadata collection programme is "lawful"...