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June 13, 2013
NSA whistleblower: U.S has been hacking into China, Hong Kong
In the latest round of leaks, fugitive Snowden tells a Hong Kong newspaper that PRISM extends to China and Hong Kong. Citing unreleased documents, the U.S. government has been hacking into computers in the Asia region since 2009, notably those belonging to public officials, businesses, and students.
- Read more: NSA whistleblower: U.S has been hacking into China, Hong Kong (CNET)
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June 16, 2013
NSA leaked documents reveal U.S. spied on Russian president at G20 summit
The Snowden leaks didn't just disclose the U.S. government's intentions to surveil citizens, both domestically and abroad. For the first time two weeks after the first round of leaks were published, foreign governments were also revealed to be targets.
Published by The Guardian, the U.S. was spying on former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev during the G20 summit in London in 2009. The NSA was able to intercept communications between Medvedev and his delegation, thanks to the U.S.' close relationship with its British counterpart eavesdropping agency, GCHQ.
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Source: The Guardian
June 17, 2013
Apple, Microsoft, Facebook release new details on national security requests
After denying any direct involvement in the PRISM spying scandal, three Silicon Valley technology giants released new details on U.S. government requests. Under the existing Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), companies are barred from even acknowledging such a court order exists, let alone disclosing it to the public. The move was in efforts to be more transparent about such national security requests for their customers' data, despite gagging orders in effect.
- Read more: Apple, Microsoft, Facebook release new details on national security requests (CBS News)
Image: ZDNet; Microsoft, Google, Facebook