NSA's Secret Toolbox: Unit Offers Spy Gadgets for Every Need

NSA's Secret Toolbox: Unit Offers Spy Gadgets for Every Need

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 30, 2013

The NSA has a secret unit that produces special equipment ranging from spyware for computers and cell phones to listening posts and USB sticks that work as bugging devices. Here are some excerpts from the intelligence agency's own catalog. more... Comment ]

Woman at the Window: Judging Edward Snowden from Next Door

Woman at the Window: Judging Edward Snowden from Next Door

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 06, 2013

Joyce Kinsey and Edward Snowden were neighbors. She observed him night and day. Now that he's gone, she is passing judgment on the former NSA contractor turned whistleblower. Like many Americans, Kinsey views the world from a narrow suburban perspective. By Alexander Osang more... Comment ]

Passively 'Sniffing' Data: How Mobile Network Spying Works

Passively 'Sniffing' Data: How Mobile Network Spying Works

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 15, 2013

British intelligence agency GCHQ has been targeting mobile phone company networks. Telecoms security expert Philippe Langlois explains what they can find this way, and how users can protect themselves from such snooping. Interview by Christian Stöcker more... Comment ]

Spy-Proofing: Deutsche Telekom Pushes for All-German Internet

Spy-Proofing: Deutsche Telekom Pushes for All-German Internet

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 12, 2013

Recent revelations about NSA spying have given fresh impetus to the dream of a purely German Internet. Deutsche Telekom believes it could introduce a system safe from prying foreign surveillance, but some criticize the plan as pointless. By Frank Dohmen and Gerald Traufetter more... Comment ]

EU's Digital Czarina: Europe Must 'Wake Up' to Tech Shortcomings

EU's Digital Czarina: Europe Must 'Wake Up' to Tech Shortcomings

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 21, 2013

As European lawmakers vote on a landmark data protection law, European Commissioner for Digital Agenda Neelie Kroes tells SPIEGEL that both governments and private companies are disregarding the Continent's out-of-date business models and infrastructure. Interview Conducted by Marcel Rosenbach and Gregor Peter Schmitz more... Comment ]

Fresh Leak on US Spying: NSA Accessed Mexican President's Email

Fresh Leak on US Spying: NSA Accessed Mexican President's Email

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 20, 2013

The NSA has been systematically eavesdropping on the Mexican government for years. It hacked into the president's public email account and gained deep insight into policymaking and the political system. The news is likely to hurt ties between the US and Mexico. By Jens Glüsing, Laura Poitras, Marcel Rosenbach and Holger Stark more... Comment ]

Cyber Attack: Belgians Angered by British Spying

Cyber Attack: Belgians Angered by British Spying

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 20, 2013

The hacking attack by Britain's GCHQ intelligence service on Belgian telecoms provider Belgacom has angered politicians in the country. Belgium plays host to the EU's top institutions as well as NATO, and Prime Minister Elio di Rupo is considering diplomatic retaliation. By Gregor Peter Schmitz in Brussels more... Comment ]

Belgacom Attack: Britain's GCHQ Hacked Belgian Telecoms Firm

Belgacom Attack: Britain's GCHQ Hacked Belgian Telecoms Firm

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 20, 2013

A cyber attack on Belgacom raised considerable attention last week. Documents leaked by Edward Snowden and seen by SPIEGEL indicate that Britain's GCHQ intelligence agency was responsible for the attack. more... Comment ]

'Follow the Money': NSA Monitors Financial World

'Follow the Money': NSA Monitors Financial World

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 16, 2013

The NSA monitors banks and credit card transactions -- sometimes in apparent violation of national laws and global regulations. The European SWIFT financial transaction network is being tapped on different levels, internal documents from the US spy agency show. By Laura Poitras, Marcel Rosenbach and Holger Stark more... Comment ]

'Shitstorm' Shitstorm: Dictionary Wins Award for Ruining German

'Shitstorm' Shitstorm: Dictionary Wins Award for Ruining German

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 02, 2013

Germany's respected Duden dictionary has received a spoof award for its excessive use of English words. "Shitstorm," "app" and "Facebook" are among the anglicisms recently added to the reference book. more... Comment ]