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Snowden warns of Web giants' 'irresistible power'

Nov 05, 2019 - 10:51 AM

'The problem is not data protection, it's data collection' and the blind faith that internet users must have in the internet's masters, says whistleblower Ed Snowden

SNOWDEN. US whistleblower Edward Snowden holds a video-conference during the Web Summit in Lisbon on November 4, 2019. Photo by Carlos Costa/AFP

Ex-NSA hacker sentenced to jail over Kaspersky leak

Sep 26, 2018 - 5:57 AM

(UPDATED) Nghia Hoang Pho put the information on his home computer, which was protected by the popular Kaspersky anti-virus program. US authorities believe that Russian intelligence was able to access his computer through Kaspersky.

NSA. The National Security Agency (NSA) headquarters at Fort Meade, Maryland, as seen from the air, January 29, 2010. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Is there a chance for a PSL swimming prodigy to finally join the PH team?

May 02, 2018 - 10:20 AM

The call for unity by the two swimming groups paves the way for PSL swimmers to join the national team

UNITY. (left to right) former PSC commissioner Akiko Thompson, hopeful PSI president Ral Rosario, PSL ace swimmer Jasmine Mojdeh, PSL president Susan Papa and PSL Secretary-General Susan Benasa in the historic call for unity. Photo by Beatrice Go/Rappler

Russian cyberfirm Kaspersky appeals ban in US court

Dec 19, 2017 - 9:17 AM

Kaspersky is appealing to a US federal court on the grounds the ban it was hit with is unconstitutional because it denied the company a right to due process regarding the validity of the accusation

Esperon favors extension of martial law in Mindanao

Oct 25, 2017 - 4:46 PM

Martial law may be still be needed even after December 31 to help the military crack down on other terror groups that have pledged allegiance to ISIS, says National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr

Russians used Kaspersky program to hack US intel contractor's computer – report

Oct 06, 2017 - 4:49 PM

The Wall Street Journal says the 2015 hack led to the Russians obtaining information on how the NSA itself penetrates foreign computer networks and protects itself from cyberattacks

Germany drops probe into mass NSA surveillance

Oct 05, 2017 - 9:45 PM

Germany's federal prosecution service says it had ended its inquiry into 'the possible mass collection of telecommunication data of the German population by British and US intelligence services'

SURVEILLANCE. A picture taken on April 3, 2014 in Berlin shows a man carrying files before the first session of the committee of inquiry investigating into the possible data surveillance by British and the US National Security Agency (NSA). Photo by Daniel Naupold/dpa/AFP

Microsoft says cyberattack should be wake up call for governments

May 15, 2017 - 8:22 AM

Microsoft president and chief legal officer Brad Smith warns of the danger of exploits developed by governments falling into the hands of hackers and causing widespread damage

LESSONS FROM A CYBERATTACK. Microsoft's Brad Smith warns governments against storing computer vulnerabilities. Image of Brad Smith from Twitter.

Extradition report is 'speculation' – Snowden's lawyer

Feb 11, 2017 - 6:43 PM

Russia has no legal basis to hand over Snowden says Russian lawyer Anatoly Kucherena

File photo by AFP/Wikileaks

NSA's high-level spy targets

Jun 25, 2015 - 12:50 AM

Here is a recap of controversies that have sprung from previous leaks about NSA activities targeting foreign leaders in Europe and North and Latin America

Edward Snowden: World is rejecting mass surveillance

Jun 05, 2015 - 1:05 PM

Snowden: Though we have come a long way the right to privacy – the foundation of the freedoms enshrined in the United States Bill of Rights – remains under threat

SNOWDEN. A recent, undated handout picture received from Channel 4 on December 24, 2013 shows US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden preparing to make his television Christmas message. AFP PHOTO / CHANNEL 4

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Jun 03, 2015 - 12:00 PM

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Snowden awarded freedom of expression prize in Norway

Jun 03, 2015 - 12:30 AM

Former security contractor Edward Snowden wins a Norwegian prize for freedom of expression and receives yet another invitation to receive the award in person

KEEP OUT. Members and supporters of 'Stop Watching Us' protest against the NSA in Washington DC in 2013. The NSA has been at the center of controversy since fugitive whistleblower Edward Snowden began releasing information about its surveillance capabilities and practices. Photo by Jim Lo Scalzo / EPA

With US Senate in knots, spy provisions expire

Jun 01, 2015 - 10:12 AM

UPDATED Despite the Senate advancing a reform measure the USA Freedom Act it fails to get the Patriot Act over the finish line in time

INTEL HQ. The National Security Agency (NSA) headquarters at Fort Meade, Maryland, as seen from the air, January 29, 2010. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

CIA chief: Ending NSA spying would boost terror threat

Jun 01, 2015 - 12:38 AM

If no action is taken by the Senate Sunday authorities will be forced to shut down the bulk collection program and two other provisions

JOHN BRENNAN. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Director John O. Brennan speaks during an appearance at the Council of Foreign Relations (CFR) in New York, New York, USA, 13 March 2015. Photo by Justin Lane/EPA

US Senate blocks bill that would end bulk data dragnet

May 23, 2015 - 9:54 PM

Efforts to extend the USA Patriot Act are also rejected increasing the prospects that the legal underpinnings of the domestic surveillance program will expire by June 1

NSA HQ. The National Security Agency (NSA) headquarters at Fort Meade, Maryland, as seen from the air, January 29, 2010. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

US agents plotted to find bin Laden via meds – report

May 22, 2015 - 7:48 AM

The supply chain could possibly include International Committee of the Red Cross hospitals It remains unclear if the idea was ever acted on

MEDICINES. Undated file picture of the head of the al-Qaeda terror network Osama bin Laden at an undisclosed location in Afghanistan. Bin Laden was killed in a raid in Abottabad, Pakistan on May 2, 2011. AFP FILE PHOTO

US House passes bill ending NSA bulk data collection

May 14, 2015 - 9:51 AM

The USA Freedom Act is seen as a big win for privacy and civil rights advocates

INTEL HQ. The National Security Agency (NSA) headquarters at Fort Meade, Maryland, as seen from the air, January 29, 2010. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

US appeals court rules NSA bulk data sweep illegal

May 08, 2015 - 3:50 AM

The ruling came in a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union against the NSA and the FBI

Snowden filmmaker says US surveillance 'out of control'

Feb 14, 2015 - 3:45 PM

US journalist and documentarian Laura Poitras believes Edward Snowden s revelations helped to boost awareness of what the government is doing to collect information and the risk they are posing

ON US SURVEILLANCE. For three years, US journalist and documentarian Laura Poitras has been working on her documentary film 'Citizenfour' about US whistleblower Edward Snowden. File photo by Britta Pedersen/EPA

German parties lose court bid to quiz Snowden in Berlin

Dec 12, 2014 - 8:55 PM

The Federal Constitutional Court says that it did not have jurisdiction in the case brought by the Greens and Left parties in October against the government and the parliamentary committee conducting the investigation

REJECTED. Germany’s top court rejects a bid by leftist opposition parties to call former NSA contractor Edward Snowden as a witness in a parliamentary probe of US intelligence activities. File photo by AFP/Wikileaks

Snowden's girlfriend living with him in Russia: film

Oct 11, 2014 - 10:28 PM

The film Citizenfour by Laura Poitras says Snowden s long time partner Lindsay Mills joined him in Moscow in July

SNOWDEN. Former NSA contractor Edward Snowden speaks during a video sent to be seen during the Henri Nannen Prize ceremony in Hamburg, Germany, 16 May 2014. The Henri Nannen Prize awards for quality journalism will be awarded for the tenth time in this edition. Axel Heimken/EPA

Merkel laments breakdown of trust in US spy row

Jul 13, 2014 - 9:28 AM

Merkel: The thing we always have to keep in mind when we are working together is if the person across the table is possibly working for someone else at the same time

NOT HAPPY. German Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks during a joint press conference with the Moldovan Prime Minster at the chancellery in Berlin, Germany, 10 July 2014. Maurizio Gambarini/EPA

Germany probing second case of alleged US spying

Jul 10, 2014 - 1:32 PM

German authorities say police had searched the Berlin area home and office of a man who local media reported is a German military employee accused of passing secrets to the United States

CENTER OF POWER. A file picture dated 28 October 2013 shows the US embassy in Berlin, Germany. The US embassy and the Reichstag Building, which houses the German Lower House of Parliament, are only a couple hundred metres apart. Wolfgang Kumm/EPA

Regular people far outnumber foreigners in NSA spying – report

Jul 06, 2014 - 12:09 PM

The Post based their assertion on a four month study of a large cache of NSA intercepted electronic data provided by fugitive NSA contractor Edward Snowden

INTEL HQ. The National Security Agency (NSA) headquarters at Fort Meade, Maryland, as seen from the air, January 29, 2010. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

India summons US envoy over spying claim – official source

Jul 02, 2014 - 2:55 PM

UPDATED The summon follows new allegations that the US National Security Agency targeted the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party

MORE SPYING? In this file photo, US embassy security personnel watch after barricades were removed in front of the US Embassy in New Delhi on December 17, 2013. Findlay Kember/AFP

US lawmakers pass bill to curb NSA

Jun 20, 2014 - 4:02 PM

A bill that would restrict the electronic surveillance powers of the National Security Agency is approved in the US House of Representatives by a large margin 293 to 123

INTEL HQ. The National Security Agency (NSA) headquarters at Fort Meade, Maryland, as seen from the air, January 29, 2010. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

NSA scoops up images for facial recognition programs – report

Jun 02, 2014 - 1:16 AM

The NSA intercepts millions of images per day including 55 000 facial recognition quality images according to leaked documents

INTEL HQ. The National Security Agency (NSA) headquarters at Fort Meade, Maryland, as seen from the air, January 29, 2010. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Snowden says he wants to return to US

May 29, 2014 - 10:56 AM

Snowden says If I could go any place in the world that place would be home nearly a year to the day since the US surveillance scandal began

SNOWDEN. Edward Snowden image from Wikileaks

Snowden worked as a spy 'at all levels': NBC

May 28, 2014 - 10:19 AM

Edward Snowden says he worked at all levels from – from the bottom on the ground all the way to the top

SNOWDEN. Edward Snowden image from Wikileaks

US 'collecting data' of PH phone users – report

May 22, 2014 - 4:52 PM

Leaked documents reveal the NSA is collecting cellphone metadata from users in the Philippines Kenya and Mexico as well as voice calls in the Bahamas and one unidentified country

At the mercy of Facebook's Zuckerberg

May 17, 2014 - 8:45 AM

Because the issue is not just about algorithms it s also about the sheer volume of information the world’s second most visited website has about its users

NSA intercepts US-made routers, adds spy backdoors: report

May 13, 2014 - 2:31 PM

According to Greenwald the Internet devices are intercepted implanted with backdoor surveillance tools and then repackaged for export from the US

Brazil passes trailblazing Internet privacy law

Apr 23, 2014 - 12:34 PM

Brazil passes comprehensive legislation on Internet privacy

OBAMA AND ROUSSEFF. A file picture dated 09 April 2012 shows US President Barack Obama meeting with Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, DC, USA. Kevin Dietsch/EPA/Pool

Rappler Newscast | April 15, 2014

Apr 15, 2014 - 8:27 PM

Luzon power supply tight till Wednesday MILF slams military for disrupting peace Washington Post The Guardian share Pulitzer for NSA coverage

Washington Post, Guardian share Pulitzer for NSA coverage

Apr 15, 2014 - 7:37 AM

The Guardian and the Washington Post won the award for public service journalism handed out by the Pulitzer committee for sparking debate on secretive NSA programs

PULITZER. Anne Kornblut, editor for The Washington Post, left, applauds Barton Gellman, center, after Pulitzer Prizes were announced in Washington, DC, USA, 14 April 2014, with Executive Editor Marty Baron (R). The Washington Post's Eli Saslow won for explanatory writing and The Guardian US and The Washington Post (Barton Gellman) shared the honor for Public Service. Katherine Frey/The Washington Post/EPA

Snowden the 'traitor' looms over Pulitzers

Apr 13, 2014 - 10:53 AM

The question on journalists lips is whether America s most prestigious journalism prize the Pulitzers will honor them when the annual awards are announced Monday

US eyes ending NSA's bulk data collection – reports

Mar 25, 2014 - 11:05 AM

The Obama administration is reportedly ending the systematic collection of data about Americans’ calling habits

Obama meets Internet bosses on spying

Mar 22, 2014 - 8:44 AM

Officials say executives at the meeting include Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook Reed Hastings of Netflix Drew Houston of Dropbox Alexander Karp of Palantir and Aaron Levie of Box

Rappler Newscast | March 14, 2014

Mar 14, 2014 - 7:53 PM

Search efforts for missing plane continues Senator Santiago says Napoles should pay for her privileges in jail Facebook founder expresses frustrations to US President

Zuckerberg says US government threat to Internet

Mar 14, 2014 - 11:36 AM

Zuckerberg expressed anger towards Washington in an apparent reaction to revelations about US government surveillance

ZUCKERBERG BLOGS. Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg delivers a speech at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, northeastern Spain, 24 February 2014. Photo by Alberto Estevez/EPA

Snowden at SXSW: NSA leaks fueled needed debate on spying

Mar 11, 2014 - 3:45 AM

Speaking to the audience at SXSW via Google Hangout whistleblower Edward Snowden says his revelations sparked necessary debate on surveillance

SURVEILLANCE DEBATE. Whistleblower Edward Snowden addresses the SXSW crowd via Google Hangout. Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images/AFP

After NSA scandal, US intelligence budget declines

Mar 07, 2014 - 7:19 AM

The proposed 2015 budget which must be approved by Congress is lower than the 2014 national intelligence program budget

INTEL HQ. The National Security Agency (NSA) headquarters at Fort Meade, Maryland, as seen from the air, January 29, 2010. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Indonesia: Reported Australian spying 'mind-boggling'

Feb 17, 2014 - 7:48 PM

As Kerry visited Jakarta on Monday as part of an Asian tour tensions flared over new espionage allegations in a weekend New York Times report

In this file photo, Indonesian Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa speaks during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit in Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia, 04 October 2013. EPA/Made Nagi

Australia says spying 'for the benefit of our friends'

Feb 17, 2014 - 8:26 AM

Abbott observes that Australia does not use anything that we gather as part of our ordinary security and intelligence operations to the detriment of other countries

HELPING NEIGHBORS. In this file photo, Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott speaks during a panel session at the 44th Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum, WEF, in Davos, Switzerland, 23 January 2014. Laurent Gillieron/EPA

US, partners must 'renounce' spy tactics: climate activists

Feb 01, 2014 - 7:18 PM

Climate Action Network reacted to media reports citing a leaked document from rogue NSA analyst Edward Snowden claiming to show the NSA and allies had spied on the 2009 Copenhagen Climate Change Conference

Kerry admits 'rough period' in US-German ties over NSA

Feb 01, 2014 - 12:15 AM

Kerry said the United States took Germany s anger over revelations that US intelligence monitored Merkel s mobile phone seriously

ROUGH PERIOD. US Secretary of State John Kerry said the United States took Germany's anger over revelations that US intelligence monitored Merkel's mobile phone seriously. File photo by Nicholas Kamm/AFP

US admiral nominated to be next NSA chief

Jan 31, 2014 - 9:07 AM

If confirmed by lawmakers Rogers would also take over as head of the military s cyber warfare command

MICHAEL ROGERS. This January 31, 2012 US Navy handout image shows Vice Adm. Michael S. Rogers, commander of US Fleet Cyber Command and U.S. 10th Fleet, speaking at the Center for Information Dominance, Unit Monterey, California, during an all-hands call. Photo by MC1 Nathan L. Guimon/AFP/HO

US, tech firms agree on spy agency data disclosure

Jan 28, 2014 - 9:35 AM

Attorney General Eric Holder and Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said the companies would now be allowed to disclose figures on consumer accounts requested

INTEL HQ. The National Security Agency (NSA) headquarters at Fort Meade, Maryland, as seen from the air, January 29, 2010. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

US officials 'want to kill me': Snowden

Jan 26, 2014 - 11:39 PM

The translated Snowden quotes were released by a German public television chain as part of a longer interview shot secretly in Moscow

SNOWDEN'S FEARS. Former NSA contractor Edward Snowden said in a TV interview that some US "government officials want to kill" him. File photo from Agence France-Presse/WikiLeaks