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July 4, 2013
EU votes to support suspending U.S. data sharing agreements, including passenger flight data
The European Parliament voted in favor of a resolution that would back the Commission should it wish to suspend data sharing agreements with the U.S., such as the passenger name records system, which the U.S. claims is vital to protecting national security. It follows revelations that the U.S. spied on millions of European citizens.
The parliament's plenary session highlighted the strained diplomatic relationship between the EU and the U.S. over the mass surveillance revelations.
- Read more: EU votes to support suspending U.S. data sharing agreements (ZDNet)
Image: European Parliament/Flickr
July 5, 2013
France has its own PRISM system, says report
Despite concern by many European countries, according to investigative work by French newspaper Le Monde, the country has its own "local" version of the PRISM-like systems. According to the report, the French foreign intelligence agency has been intercepting metadata from phone calls, emails, and Internet activity from domestic services, as well as between France and other countries.
Just like the NSA's version of the program, Google, Facebook, Twitter, Microsoft, Apple, and Yahoo were all named as companies the French were able to tap into.
- Read more: France has its own PRISM system, says report (ZDNet)
Image: Elliott Brown/Flickr
Source: Le Monde
July 9, 2013
NSA leaker Snowden claimed U.S. and Israel co-wrote Stuxnet virus
The Stuxnet virus, which was slated to have caused mass damage at Iran's nuclear facilities, was co-written by the U.S. and Israel, according to additional leaks published by German media. The weaponized malware specifically targeted the facilities in order to slow down the alleged plan by the Middle Eastern country to develop a nuclear weapon. The destruction caused by the virus was slated to have set the country's efforts back by at least 18 months.
- Read more: NSA leaker Snowden claimed U.S. and Israel co-wrote Stuxnet virus (CBS News)
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Source: Der Spiegel