Mark Hosenball

Obama abandons telephone data spying reform proposal

Location:
The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC, 20500, United States
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1

President Barack Obama's Administration has quietly abandoned a proposal it had been considering to put raw US telephone call data collected by the National Security Agency under non-governmental control, several US security officials said.

President Obama's NSA overhaul may require phone carriers to store more data

Location:
The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC, 20500, United States
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3

President Barack Obama's plan for overhauling the National Security Agency's phone surveillance program could force carriers to collect and store customer data that they are not now legally obliged to keep, according to US officials.

AT&T CEO says awaiting clarity on US surveillance rules

Location:
AT&T, 208 South Akard St, Dallas, TX, 75202, United States
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AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson said he was anxious to hear details of President Barack Obama's proposals to reform US surveillance programs, hoping for more clarity on the rules guiding the data collection operations.

Spies worry over "doomsday" cache stashed by ex-NSA contractor Snowden

Location:
London, United Kingdom
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2

British and US intelligence officials say they are worried about a "doomsday" cache of highly classified, heavily encrypted material they believe former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden has stored on a data cloud.

NSA chief says Snowden leaked up to 200,000 secret documents

Location:
National Security Agency (NSA), MD, 20755-6000, United States
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2

Former US National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden leaked as many as 200,000 classified US documents to the media, according to little-noticed public remarks by the eavesdropping agency's chief late in October 2013.

US eavesdropping agency chief, top deputy expected to depart soon

Location:
National Security Agency (NSA), MD, 20755-6000, United States
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2

The director of the US National Security Agency and his deputy are expected to depart soon, US officials said, in a development that could give President Barack Obama a chance to reshape the eavesdropping agency.

US spy agency paper says fewer than 300 phone numbers closely scrutinized

Location:
National Security Agency (NSA), MD, 20755-6000, United States
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2

The US government only searched for detailed information on calls involving fewer than 300 specific phone numbers among the millions of raw phone records collected by the National Security Agency in 2012, according to a government paper obtained by Reuters on June 15.

AP records seizure just latest step in sweeping U.S. leak probe

Location:
Department of Justice, 950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC, 20530-0001, United States
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2

The Justice Department's controversial decision to seize phone records of Associated Press journalists was just one element in a sweeping U.S. government investigation into media leaks about a Yemen-based plot to bomb a U.S. airliner. The search for who leaked the information is being led by the U.S. Attorney's Office in Washington and has involved extensive FBI interviews of personnel at the Justice Department, U.S. intelligence agencies, the White House's National Security staff and the FBI itself.

Lawmakers press Homeland Security on Internet monitoring

Location:
Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Washington, DC, 20528, United States
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2

Leaders of a congressional subcommittee are urging the Department of Homeland Security to extensively monitor social media sites like Twitter and Facebook to detect "current or emerging threats."

Homeland Security watches Twitter, social media

Location:
Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Washington, DC, 20528, United States
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2

Department of Homeland Security's command center routinely monitors dozens of popular websites, including Facebook, Twitter, Hulu, WikiLeaks and news and gossip sites including the Huffington Post and Drudge Report, according to a government document.

Authorities probe U.S.-China commission e-mail hack

Location:
US-China Economic and Security Review Commission, 444 North Capitol Street, Washington, DC, 20001, United States
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2

US authorities are investigating allegations that an Indian government spy unit hacked into e-mails of an official U.S. commission that monitors economic and security relations between the United States and China, including cyber-security issues.

In cyberspy vs. cyberspy, China has the edge

Location:
Washington, DC, United States
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2

As America and China grow more economically and financially intertwined, the two nations have also stepped up spying on each other. Today, most of that is done electronically, with computers rather than listening devices in chandeliers or human moles in tuxedos.

White House memo outlines new anti-leak measures

Location:
The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC, 20500, United States

The White House has set up a special anti-WikiLeaks panel after the embarrassing flood of State Department cables leaked by the website, and its proposals include teams of inspectors who would prowl government agencies looking for ways to tighten security.

Just Between Us

The Bush administration is refusing to disclose internal e-mails, letters and notes showing contacts with major telecommunications companies over how to persuade Congress to back a controversial surveillance bill, according to recently disclosed court documents.