National Security Agency

Secret court authorizes continuation of NSA spying

Secret court authorizes continuation of NSA spying

A secretive U.S. spy court has ruled again that the National Security Agency can keep collecting every American’s telephone records every day, in the midst of dueling decisions in two other federal courts about whether the surveillance program is constitutional. The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court on Friday renewed the NSA phone collection program, said Shawn […]

NSA hacked Microsoft as part of spying on Americans

NSA hacked Microsoft as part of spying on Americans

A German magazine lifted the lid on the operations of the National Security Agency’s hacking unit Sunday, reporting that American spies intercept computer deliveries, exploit hardware vulnerabilities, and even hijack Microsoft’s internal reporting system to spy on their targets. Der Spiegel’s revelations relate to a division of the NSA known as Tailored Access Operations, or […]

Snowden’s claims of ‘victory’ slammed by lawmakers

Snowden’s claims of ‘victory’ slammed by lawmakers

Members of Congress said Sunday they weren’t impressed with Edward Snowden’s recent publicity blitz calling for an end to mass surveillance and declaring that he’s already accomplished his mission. Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff of California acknowledged that Snowden has kindled an important public debate, but he said the former National Security Agency leaker should have […]

Judge rules NSA spying on Americans is legal

Judge rules NSA spying on Americans is legal

The heated debate over the National Security Agency’s bulk collection of millions of Americans’ telephone records fell squarely into the courts Friday, when a federal judge in Manhattan upheld the legality of the program and cited its need in the fight against terrorism just days after another federal judge concluded it was likely not constitutional. […]

Snowden: ‘Mission’s already accomplished’

Snowden: ‘Mission’s already accomplished’

National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden said his “mission’s already accomplished” after leaking NSA secrets that have caused a reassessment of U.S. surveillance policies Snowden told The Washington Post in an interview published online Monday night that he was satisfied because journalists have been able to tell the story of the government’s collection of bulk […]

More documents released on NSA spying

More documents released on NSA spying

The director of national intelligence on Saturday declassified more documents that outline how the National Security Agency was first authorized 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. The declassification came after the Justice Department complied with a federal […]

A secret sweetheart deal between NSA, technology firm

A secret sweetheart deal between NSA, technology firm

As a key part of a campaign to embed encryption software that it could crack into widely used computer products, the U.S. National Security Agency arranged a secret $10 million contract with RSA, one of the most influential firms in the computer security industry, Reuters has learned. Documents leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden […]

Obama concentrates on year’s ups, not downs

Obama concentrates on year’s ups, not downs

Has the fifth year of his presidency been its worst? President Barack Obama laughs off such questions even as he acknowledges many months of frustrating ups and down. “That’s not how I think about it,” Obama told reporters during his annual end-of-the year news conference. Instead of brooding about tumbling approval ratings, the disastrous rollout […]

Obama drops block to secret court ruling on NSA

Obama drops block to secret court ruling on NSA

The Obama administration has dropped its objection to the publication of a secret court opinion on the law that authorizes the National Security Agency’s bulk collection of millions of Americans’ telephone records. The Justice Department told the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court in a filing Friday that the department won’t object if the court decides to […]