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UK's cybersecurity chief praises Irish government for not paying HSE hack ransom
Lindy Cameron says that income streams for criminals must be stopped.
'Utterly ridiculous': British spy agency denies claims it was used to spy on Trump
The story was one of several offered by Spicer as evidence to support the president’s explosive claims that Obama had moved to “tap my phones.”
# hold your whisht
British spy agency might be able to tell when you say 'craic' or 'Dublin' on the phone
And “Belfast”, and “Seán” and “pub.”
# spooks
NSA sharing data with British spies was illegal... but it's not going to stop
Here’s why.
# drunk dialling
Man who prank called Cameron was 'off his face on booze and cocaine'
The man pretended to be the head of spy agency GCHQ.
Government silent as Snowden docs reveal access to Ireland's internet cables
It has been revealed that UK authorities have access to one Irish submarine internet cable.
# Spying
Spy agency captures millions of Yahoo users' webcam images
In one six-month period in 2008, the British spy agency collected webcam imagery from more than 1.8 million Yahoo user accounts around the world.
Head of Britain's 'eavesdropping agency' to step down
Iain Lobban is to leave GCHQ later this year after nearly six years as its director.
More Snowden revelations: NSA collected almost 200 million texts a day
The secret operation, codenamed ‘Dishfire’, used the messages to extract data on the location, contact networks and credit card details of mobile users.
Column: The EU seems just as interested in your data as the NSA
Searching questions need to be asked over what type of data the EU retains – and what it does with this data, writes David Moloney.
# Spying
"Our adversaries are rubbing their hands with glee. Al-Qaeda is lapping it up." - MI6
British spy chiefs said today that intelligence leaks by Edward Snowden were being used by enemies to change the way they operate.
Column: For some people, digital surveillance can mark the difference between life and death
For most, debates about the snooping NSA and GCHQ are little more than great material for a chat down the pub – but for human rights defenders around the world, digital security is synonymous with personal security, writes Mary Lawlor.
# NSA leaks
Guardian editor: The British government forced us to destroy hard drives
The Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger has said that senior government officials pressured his paper to destroy files related to its recent stories about the National Security Agency in the US.
# Surveillance
UK 'tapped phones and emails' of other countries at G20 summits
The Guardian says diplomats at a finance ministers’ summit in 2009 were tapped – on the day that a British-hosted G8 begins.
# Surveillance
British minister says report of UK access to US data is 'baseless'
William Hague says any proposals by British intelligence agencies to intercept data needs the approval of ministers.
# Surveillance
UK has had access to US's secret data for three years - report
The Guardian says Britain’s GCHQ surveillance agency has been able to access data harvested by the US’s ‘PRISM’ system.
# Daily Fix
The Daily Fix: Sunday
Our nightly round-up of the day’s main news, and the bits-and-pieces you might have missed…
# Surveillance
Plans for UK web monitoring could affect Irish users
It’s reported that the UK government is seeking the power to monitor calls, texts, emails and web visits under new legislation.
# Recruitment
Crack an online puzzle, win a job in the British intelligence service
The British intelligence agency GCHQ launches its most unusual recruitment drive yet. It simply asks: can you crack it?
# Riots
MI5 called in to decrypt rioters' BlackBerry Messenger data
The Guardian says the UK’s electronic interception centre has also been asked to try and find those responsible for starting riots.