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  • UK spy agency chief apologizes for old prejudice about gays (GCHQ)

    04/16/2016 11:30:41 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 16, 2016 11:02 AM EDT | Danica Kirka
    The head of Britain’s digital espionage agency has apologized for the organization’s historic prejudice against homosexuals, saying it failed to learn from the treatment of World War II codebreaker Alan Turing. In a rare public speech, GCHQ chief Robert Hannigan told a gathering organized by the rights group Stonewall that the agency’s ban on homosexuals had caused long-lasting psychological damage to many and hurt the agency because talented people were excluded from working there. […] The speech offered a poignant tribute to Turing, the gay computer science pioneer and architect of the effort to crack Nazi Germany’s Enigma cipher. Turing...
  • 'Extremists with British accents' heard celebrating after Russian plane crash which killed 224

    11/08/2015 7:05:45 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 21 replies ^ | 8 Nov 2015 | Steve Robson
    Security services fear British-born jihadis could be behind the Russian plane crash after they picked up terrorists with Birmingham and London accents celebrating disaster, it has been reported. Investigations are increasingly pointing towards a bomb causing the Metrojet flight to disintegrate in mid-air. And now it has been claimed spies at GCHQ picked up British accents among extremist "chatter" on the airwaves in the Egyptian region in the aftermath of the tragedy. A source told the Sunday Express: "There has also been some internet traffic suggesting that there was British involvement in the attack. "This was a very sophisticated, carefully...
  • ISIS hacks email accounts of top UK ministers

    09/13/2015 10:10:41 AM PDT · by Jyotishi · 4 replies
    Daily News & Analysis ^ | Sunday, September 13, 2015 | PTI
    At the beginning of this year, Twitter and YouTube accounts of the US Central Command (Centcom) were hacked by a group calling itself the "CyberCaliphate". Caption - Islamic State jihadists hacked into email accounts of top UK ministers London - British intelligence has uncovered a sophisticated espionage operation of the Islamic State in which jihadists targeted email accounts of top ministers, including the Home Secretary, according to a media report. An investigation by Government Communications Headquarters has discovered that extremists linked to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria have been targeting information held by some of Prime Minister David...
  • British spies tell German MPs to back off

    02/05/2015 5:54:21 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 2 replies ^ | 05 Feb 2015 10:26 GMT+01:00
    British spies have warned the government they may cut off ties with their German counterparts over a parliamentary inquiry into spying by the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA). Focus magazine reported on Thursday that top spies at Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) are concerned that the Bundestag’s (German parliament) inquiry into the NSA could uncover secrets about how they cooperate with their German allies. Gerhard Schindler, head of Germany’s foreign intelligence agency, the Bundesnachrichtendienst (BND), reportedly told the leaders of the inquiry about the increased tension with his British colleagues on Wednesday evening. “Without information from British signals intelligence, we would...
  • Snowden’s GCHQ journalists’ intercept threat revelation: How I became a risk ...Benghazi FOIAs

    01/26/2015 6:14:35 AM PST · by Opinionatedtoday · 5 replies
    In the latest Edward Snowden surveillance document release, as The Guardian’s James Ball reported, the NSA’s British partner, the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), was exposed for capturing journalists’ emails from top international media, including from theWashington Post, New York Times, Le Monde, Reuters, BBC, NBC, and The Guardian. In addition, a UK intelligence document showed that a GCHQ information security assessment listed “investigative journalists” as a threat in a hierarchy alongside terrorists or hackers. “One restricted document” warned that “journalists and reporters representing all types of news media represent a potential threat to security.” “Of specific concern are ‘investigative journalists’...
  • Greenwald: How Covert Agents Infiltrate the Internet to Manipulate, Deceive and Destroy Reputations

    02/24/2014 5:29:21 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 93 replies
    Glenn Greenwald's The Intercept & Guardian UK ^ | February 24, 2014 | Glenn Greenwald
    One of the many pressing stories that remains to be told from the Snowden archive is how western intelligence agencies are attempting to manipulate and control online discourse with extreme tactics of deception and reputation-destruction. It’s time to tell a chunk of that story, complete with the relevant documents. Over the last several weeks, I worked with NBC News to publish a series of articles about “dirty trick” tactics used by GCHQ’s previously secret unit, JTRIG (Joint Threat Research Intelligence Group). These were based on four classified GCHQ documents presented to the NSA and the other three partners in...
  • Snowden documents show British digital spies use viruses and 'honey traps'

    02/08/2014 11:38:15 AM PST · by markomalley · 10 replies
    The Register ^ | 2/7/2014 | Iain Thomson
    At the start of this week, documents released by whistleblower Edward Snowden detailed DDOS attacks on chatrooms by a British online intelligence unit dubbed the Joint Threat Research Intelligence Group (JTRIG). Now he has released a new trove showing that JTRIG is about much more than purely online annoyances.According to the documents, released to NBC News, JTRIG's role is to "deny, disrupt, degrade and deceive" by any means possible. These techniques include destroying an individual's computer with a custom virus dubbed "Ambassador's Reception", setting up social media honey traps to harvest embarrassing information, actively attacking companies online and off, and...
  • NSA and GCHQ target 'leaky' phone apps like Angry Birds to scoop user data

    01/27/2014 10:58:33 AM PST · by C19fan · 28 replies
    UK Guardian ^ | January 27, 2014 | James Ball
    The National Security Agency and its UK counterpart GCHQ have been developing capabilities to take advantage of "leaky" smartphone apps, such as the wildly popular Angry Birds game, that transmit users' private information across the internet, according to top secret documents. The data pouring onto communication networks from the new generation of iPhone and Android apps ranges from phone model and screen size to personal details such as age, gender and location. Some apps, the documents state, can share users' most sensitive information such as sexual orientation – and one app recorded in the material even sends specific sexual preferences...
  • NSA disguised itself as Google to spy, say reports

    09/12/2013 6:56:30 PM PDT · by MeshugeMikey · 25 replies
    cnet. ^ | September 12, 2013 | Edward Moyer
    If a recently leaked document is any indication, the US National Security Agency -- or its UK counterpart -- appears to have put on a Google suit to gather intelligence. CNET got a "no comment" from the NSA in response to our request for more information.
  • The Guardian: British intel also snooping on Internet content

    06/22/2013 7:56:12 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    Hotair ^ | 06/22/2013 | Ed Morrissey
    A couple of weeks ago, the British government found itself under considerable fire at home for their connection to the NSA’s PRISM program. A number of MPs demanded answers from David Cameron’s Tory government about whether British intelligence was bypassing UK law in order to spy on its subjects by having the NSA collect the data from their Internet for them. At the time, I wondered whether the Brits were doing the same for the NSA on their own, comparing it to the Hitchcock thriller Strangers on a Train, with its famous “criss cross” murder plot (or the more humorous...
  • GCHQ taps fibre-optic cables for secret access to world's communications

    06/22/2013 7:19:24 AM PDT · by chessplayer · 10 replies
    Britain's spy agency GCHQ has secretly gained access to the network of cables which carry the world's phone calls and internet traffic and has started to process vast streams of sensitive personal information which it is sharing with its American partner, the National Security Agency (NSA). The sheer scale of the agency's ambition is reflected in the titles of its two principal components: Mastering the Internet and Global Telecoms Exploitation, aimed at scooping up as much online and telephone traffic as possible. This is all being carried out without any form of public acknowledgement or debate.
  • GCHQ intercepted foreign politicians' communications at G20 summits

    06/16/2013 2:51:15 PM PDT · by CMB_polarization · 45 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 16 June 2013 | Ewen MacAskill, Nick Davies, Nick Hopkins, Julian Borger and James Ball
    Foreign politicians and officials who took part in two G20 summit meetings in London in 2009 had their computers monitored and their phone calls intercepted on the instructions of their British government hosts, according to documents seen by the Guardian. Some delegates were tricked into using internet cafes which had been set up by British intelligence agencies to read their email traffic.
  • GCHQ Intercepted Foreign Politicians' Communications At G20 Summits

    06/17/2013 5:22:45 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 2 replies
    The Guardian ^ | June 17, 2013 | Ewen MacAskill,Nick Davies,Nick Hopkins,Julian Borger,James Ball
    Foreign politicians and officials who took part in two G20 summit meetings in London in 2009 had their computers monitored and their phone calls intercepted on the instructions of their British government hosts, according to documents seen by the Guardian. Some delegates were tricked into using internet cafes which had been set up by British intelligence agencies to read their email traffic.
  • British Intelligence watchdog flies to Washington to demand answers on snooping scandal

    06/07/2013 6:57:27 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 39 replies
    The Government's Intelligence and Security Committee is going on a week-long tour, when it will meet senior figures from the America’s intelligence agencies. The news came after leaked US documents appeared to show that Britain’s listening post GCHQ has been secretly gathering intelligence from some of the world’s biggest internet firms through America’s National Security Agency.
  • UK Police Ask For Help In Case of Slain Intelligence Agent ( identify Mediterranean couple)

    09/06/2010 10:08:28 AM PDT · by fight_truth_decay · 34 replies
    CNN Justice ^ | September 6, 2010 12:20 p.m. EDT | the CNN Wire Staff
    <p>London, England (CNN) -- Metropolitan police in London, England, appealed Monday for further information about last month's death of a man who worked for a British intelligence agency and whose naked body was found in a padlocked duffel bag in his bathroom.</p>
  • Threat Matrix: October 2007

    10/02/2007 7:01:23 PM PDT · by nwctwx · 1,021 replies · 9,337+ views
    Al Qaeda 'Re-Emerging' in Pakistan Sanctuaries The U.S. military said Tuesday it expected Al Qaeda to continue its "re-emergence" in sanctuaries in Pakistan's tribal areas from where it supported attacks in Afghanistan. Sanctuary was provided to Al Qaeda and Taliban rebels after Islamabad signed a peace deal with militants in a desperate attempt to quell the unrest in its federally administered areas in September 2006, a U.S. military official said. The militants called off the deal in July this year after Pakistani security forces raided a radical mosque in Islamabad where rebels had massed. Dozens were killed in those...
  • GCHQ Challenge

    12/26/2004 2:36:23 PM PST · by flitton · 267+ views
    GCHQ Website ^ | 2004 | GCHQ
    We had a few comments last time suggesting that the challenge which we gave you was a little too easy. Well, here's something which will take a bit more work, but has a few things in common with the last challenge. There are three parts to the solution. What is the connection between the men in the first list and the women in the second list? Which man pairs with which woman? And what is the hidden quotation? Just to make things a little more interesting, GCHQ will be offering copies of 'Big Bang' the latest book by Simon Singh,...
  • Evidence of Niger uranium trade 'years before war' (What Wilson couldn't learn sipping tea)

    06/28/2004 1:11:46 AM PDT · by Matchett-PI · 10 replies · 3,159+ views
    When thieves stole a steel watch and two bottles of perfume from Niger's embassy on Via Antonio Baiamonti in Rome at the end of December 2000, they left behind many questions about their intentions. The identity of the thieves has not been established. But one theory is that they planned to steal headed notepaper and official stamps that would allow the forging of documents for the illicit sale of uranium from Niger's vast mines. The break-in is one of the murkier elements surrounding the claim - made by the US and UK governments in the lead-up to the Iraq war...
  • British translator cleared in leaked Iraqi memo case

    02/25/2004 2:09:13 PM PST · by Indy Pendance · 4 replies · 158+ views
    CBC News ^ | 2-25-04
    LONDON - A British intelligence translator has been cleared of leaking a secret e-mail that alleged the U.S. wanted to spy on United Nations Security Council members before the war against Iraq. "The prosecution offer no evidence against the defendant on this indictment as there is no longer sufficient evidence for a realistic prospect of conviction," prosecutor Mark Ellison told the court. Katharine Gun, 29, works at the Government Communications Headquarters, Britain's global surveillance centre. She was charged in November with breaching Britain's Official Secrets Act after an memo was leaked to the British newspaper The Observer. The newspaper reported...
  • Case set to be dropped against GCHQ mole who blew whistle on US bugging

    02/19/2004 7:41:57 PM PST · by HAL9000 · 2 replies · 200+ views
    The Guardian ^ | Richard Norton-Taylor
    The prosecution is preparing to abandon the case against a former GCHQ employee charged with leaking information about a "dirty tricks" spying operation before the invasion of Iraq, the Guardian has learned. Katharine Gun, 29, is due to appear at the Old Bailey next week where she has said she will plead not guilty to breaking the Official Secrets Act. She has said her alleged disclosures exposed serious wrongdoing by the US and could have helped to prevent the deaths of Iraqis and British forces in an "illegal war". The case is potentially hugely embarrassing for the government and...
  • Britain Spied on UN Allies Over War Vote

    02/08/2004 8:03:59 AM PST · by jim35 · 10 replies · 247+ views
    Guardian Unlimited ^ | 02/08/04 | Martin Bright and Peter Beaumont
    Britain helped America to conduct a secret and potentially illegal spying operation at the United Nations in the run-up to the Iraq war, The Observer can reveal. The operation, which targeted at least one permanent member of the UN Security Council, was almost certainly in breach of the Vienna conventions on diplomatic relations, which strictly outlaw espionage at the UN missions in New York. Translators and analysts at the Government's top-secret surveillance centre GCHQ were ordered to co-operate with an American espionage 'surge' on Security Council delegations after a request from the US National Security Agency at the end of...
  • Suspect's arrest may be linked to al-Qaeda threat at security HQ (AQ targeted UK Gov. Comm. HQ)

    11/27/2003 7:51:55 PM PST · by FairOpinion · 4 replies · 179+ views
    The Scotsman ^ | Nov. 28, 2003 | DAN MCDOUGALL
    AN AL-QAEDA plot to target GCHQ was last night suggested as the possible trigger for the arrest of a suspected terror agent in Gloucester. GCHQ - the Government Communications Headquarters - has been at the centre of the fight against terrorism, providing vital intelligence to authorities, particularly in the wake of the 11 September atrocities. GCHQ’s Cheltenham offices, which are about ten miles from yesterday’s first arrest, were created to streamline the task of monitoring countless phone calls and e-mails around the world to aid the fight against terrorists. Housed in an elaborate circular building, Britain’s Ł1.6 billion spying centre...
  • Officer ‘leaked email to save lives’

    11/27/2003 8:42:38 AM PST · by dighton · 16 replies · 147+ views
    ic Wales ^ | 11/27/2003
    A British intelligence officer charged with leaking a top-secret memo to the press has appeared in court.Katharine Gun, 29, is charged under Section 1 of the Official Secrets Act.Mrs Gun, from Moor End Road, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire worked for the Government communications headquarters GCHQ as a translator at the security services main monitoring centre in Cheltenham.It is claimed she leaked an email from American spies asking British counterparts to tap telephones.Mrs Gun appeared in the dock at Bow Street Magistrates Court, central London only to confirm her name and address.Ben Emmerson QC, representing Mrs Gun, said: “We will be entering a...
  • GCHQ Translator 'Revealed Secrets' (US Spies On UN)

    11/13/2003 6:11:06 PM PST · by blam · 3 replies · 190+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 11-14-2003 | Neil Tweedie/John Steele
    GCHQ translator 'revealed secrets' By Neil Tweedie and John Steele (Filed: 14/11/2003) A former employee of GCHQ, the signals intelligence agency, was charged yesterday with leaking details of an Anglo-American operation to eavesdrop on members of the United Nations Security Council in the run-up to the war in Iraq. Katharine Gun, 29, who was sacked from her job as a translator with the agency, is accused of passing classified information to an unauthorised person under Section 1 (1) of the Official Secrets Act. The charge follows the publication of an article in The Observer in early March disclosing a request...
  • The Death of Saddam Hussein (Charles Smith Alert--This is a great article!)

    04/10/2003 8:42:33 AM PDT · by HighRoadToChina · 52 replies · 394+ views ^ | April 9, 2003 | Charles Smith The Death of Saddam Hussein Charles R. Smith Thursday, April 10, 2003 Freedom Comes to Baghdad In the late afternoon of April 17, 1943, a top-secret message arrived at Army Air Force headquarters on Guadalcanal. Code breakers working for the U.S. Navy had deciphered a critical message sent by the Imperial Japanese Navy. Adm. Isoroku Yamamoto, commander in chief of the Imperial Navy and the architect of the attack on Pearl Harbor, was scheduled to arrive in Bougainville the next morning. The admiral's arrival placed him in range of American P-38 Lighting fighters based on Guadalcanal. Unknown to Yamamoto,...