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Snowden receives three-year Russian residence permit

Snowden receives three-year Russian residence permit

Former US intelligence contractor Edward Snowden has received a three-year residence permit from Russia, his Russian lawyer told reporters on Thursday. "The decision on the application has been taken and therefore starting Aug 1, 2014 Edward Snowden has received a three-year residential permit," Anatoly Kucherena said. The former National Security Agency (NSA) contractor received temporary...

US House clears bill to curb NSA domesting spying

US House clears bill to curb NSA domesting spying

A bill to end the government's bulk collection of telephone records cleared the US House of Representatives on Thursday in the first legislative effort at surveillance reform since former contractor Edward Snowden disclosed the program a year ago. The measure, which passed 303-121, would end the National Security Agency's practice of gathering in bulk...

NSA denies knowledge of Heartbleed bug

NSA denies knowledge of Heartbleed bug

The US National Security Agency has denied it knew about or exploited the Heartbleed online security flaw. The denial came after a Bloomberg News report alleging the NSA used the flaw in OpenSSL to harvest data. OpenSSL is online-data scrambling software used to protect data such as passwords sent online. Last year, NSA leaker Edward Snowden claimed the organisation deliberately introduced vulnerabilities to security software. The bug, which allows hackers to snatch chunks of data from systems protected by OpenSSL, was revealed by researchers working for Google and a small Finnish security firm, Codenomicon, earlier this month. OpenSSL is used by roughly two-thirds of all websites and the glitch existed for more than two...

NSA 'can collect all calls in foreign nation'

NSA 'can collect all calls in foreign nation'

The US government has reportedly built a system that can record every phone call made over a month in an undisclosed foreign country. The National Security Agency (NSA) programme was created in 2009, the Washington Post reported. Fugitive intelligence contractor Edward Snowden, who leaked details of the system, promised more revelations. Civil liberties groups called the...

'Father of Internet' calls on users to defend it

'Father of Internet' calls on users to defend it

Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the internet, in an interview with the Guardian published on 12th March, 2014, calls for the creation of an online Magna Carta. His reason for the need of this bill of rights is to protect and enshrine the independence of the medium he created. Exactly 25 years after he...

UK spy agency intercepted webcam images of millions of Yahoo users

UK spy agency intercepted webcam images of millions of Yahoo users

Britain's surveillance agency GCHQ, with aid from the National Security Agency, intercepted and stored the webcam images of millions of internet users not suspected of wrongdoing, secret documents reveal reports the British newspaper The Guardian in an exclusive report. GCHQ files dating between 2008 and 2010 explicitly state that a surveillance program codenamed Optic Nerve collected still images of...

US Senator Rand Paul sues Obama over NSA surveillance

US Senator Rand Paul sues Obama over NSA surveillance

Senator Rand Paul, Republican of Kentucky, on Wednesday filed a lawsuit against President Obama and the leaders of several intelligence agencies. The suit challenges as unconstitutional the National Security Agency’s once-secret programme that is collecting bulk records about Americans’ phone calls. Paul, who had announced his intention to file the lawsuit in early January,...

NSA 'collected 200m texts per day'

NSA 'collected 200m texts per day'

The US National Security Agency (NSA) has collected and stored almost 200 million text messages a day from around the world, UK media report. The NSA extracts and stores data from the SMS messages, and UK spies have had access to some of the information, the Guardian and Channel 4 News say. The reporting is...

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