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NSA helped Britain’s spy agency steal webcam images from millions of Yahoo users

Britain’s communications spy agency GCHQ and the US National Security Agency (NSA) intercepted and stored images from webcams used by millions of Yahoo users, the Guardian newspaper reported on Thursday. GCHQ files leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden reportedly revealed how the Optic Nerve programme collected still images of…

Head of UK’s secret eavesdropping agency GCHQ to step down

The head of GCHQ, the secret eavesdropping agency that has come under scrutiny following leaks by former US analyst Edward Snowden, is to stand down. Iain Lobban, 53, will leave the agency later this year after serving nearly six years as director,……

Britain denies head of its NSA equivalent is leaving because of Edward Snowden

Britain announced Tuesday that the head of GCHQ, the secret eavesdropping agency that has come under scrutiny following leaks by former US analyst Edward Snowden is to stand down. Iain Lobban, 53, will leave the agency later this year after serving nearly six years as director, Britain’s Foreign Office said.…

NSA targeted charities, Germans, Israeli PM and EU chief

Unicef, Médecins du Monde and African heads of state were on list of surveillance targets, documents show British and American intelligence agencies had a comprehensive list of surveillance targets that included the EU’s competition commissioner, German government buildings in Berlin and overseas, and the heads of institutions that provide humanitarian…

Britain operating spy post from Berlin embassy: Snowden files

Britain has been operating a secret listening post from its Berlin embassy, a stone’s throw from German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s office, the Independent newspaper claimed on Tuesday. The report said Britain’s electronic eavesdropping centre GCHQ (Government Communications Headquarters) appeared to be using high-tech equipment on the embassy roof to intercept…

UK ‘has secret Middle East web surveillance base’: report

Britain is running a secret Internet surveillance station in the Middle East, a report said Thursday citing the latest leaked documents obtained by fugitive US security contractor Edward Snowden. The Independent newspaper said it was not disclosing the country where the base is located, but said the facility can intercept…

UK defends links to PRISM online spying program

By Andrew Osborn LONDON (Reuters) – Britain said eavesdropping by its GCHQ security agency was legal and no threat to privacy but would not confirm or deny reports it received data from a secret U.S. intelligence program. British and U.S. newspapers have suggested that the U.S. National Security Agency handed…

British government pressed over use of America’s PRISM spy system

The opposition Labour party on Saturday demanded clarification from the British government about the use by its spies of intelligence from a controversial US surveillance programme. There are concerns that eavesdropping agency GCHQ, in using US data, may have been able to circumvent British legal processes required to seek personal…

Plan to widen internet snooping laws in Britain slammed

Rights groups slammed British government plans to expand its powers to monitor email exchanges and website visits. Under the new legislation, internet companies would be instructed to install hardware to allow the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) — Britain’s electronic “listening” agency” — to go through “on demand” every text message…

Britain planning new Internet snooping laws checking emails

The British government wants to expand its powers to monitor email exchanges and website visits, The Sunday Times newspaper reported. Internet companies would be instructed to install hardware to allow the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) — Britain’s electronic “listening” agency” — to go through “on demand” every text message and email sent,…

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