Nato summit on ‘high alert’ for cyber attack

By Sam Jones in London

As world leaders gather in Wales for the Nato summit, British police say they are engaged in a security effort greater than that for the 2012 Olympics. But in contrast to the sporting event, security officials fear the most likely target will be online: Nato and the UK intelligence services have been put on “high alert” for a cyber attack.

Officials from Nato’s cyber defence unit have been meeting with GCHQ, the UK’s electronic spying agency, and other agencies since mid-July to share intelligence assessments and prepare for the event, people familiar with the plans have told the Financial Times.

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UN commissioner criticises decision to fast-track emergency surveillance bill

Alan Travis, home affairs editor for The Guardian, 16 July 2014

Navi Pillay says data retention and investigatory powers bill will not address privacy concerns raised by European court of justice

 The UN human rights chief has criticised Britain’s rush through parliament this week of the new emergency law on surveillance and data retention.

The UN high commissioner for human rights, Navi Pillay, said the data retention and investigatory powers bill – known as the Drip bill – will not address key privacy concerns raised by the European court of justice when it struck down the current regime in April and should be the subject of wider public debate.

“To me it’s difficult to see how the UK can now justify rushing through wide-reaching emergency legislation which may not fully address the concerns raised by the court, at time when there are proceedings ongoing by the UK’s own investigative powers tribunal on these very issues,” Pillay said in Geneva on Wednesday.


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Emergency surveillance bill to be fast-tracked despite 49 MPs’ opposition

Alan Travis, home affairs editor, The Guardian, 

Parliament approves timetable motion for Drip bill as government accepts Labour amendments to strengthen safeguards

Forty-nine MPs have voted against rushing the government’s emergency surveillance legislation through all its Commons stages in just one day.

A deal between the three major parties, however, secured the fast-track timetable by 436 votes to 49, despite accusations from one Labour MP that the move amounted to “democratic banditry resonant of a rogue state”.


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Blanket digital surveillance is a start. But how about a camera in every bathroom?

The Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Act needs strengthening. Only terrorists and paedophiles can object. The House stands ready to act.

By Simon Jenkins of the Guardian

Parliament this week passed a law allowing the bulk collection by the government of all internet traffic in the United Kingdom. It was the fifth addition to state surveillance powers since the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 (Ripa). The following is an extract from Hansard for 1 April next year.

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Solicitor charged over false claim of corrupt Met police payments

By Rob Evans, the, Friday 25 July 2014

“Bhadresh Gohil, 50, has also been charged with giving false information to a parliamentary committee and organising a campaign to publish articles in the media publicising the false allegations.

On Friday at Westminster magistrates court in London, Gohil was accused of intending to pervert the course of public justice.

A private detective, Cliff Knuckey, was also charged with five offences under the Theft Act of faking documents involving payments totalling £11,500. He pleaded not guilty.”

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3PLA aka, “The Chinese NSA”

From Mountains, Island, Secret Town, China’s Electronic Spy Shop Watches

Military Organization 3PLA Is Tasked With Monitoring World-Wide Electronic Information

By James T. Areddy in Shanghai, Paul Mozur in Beijing and Danny Yadron in San Francisco

Surveillance Giant

3PLA’s Role Echoes the NSA’s

  • Founded in the 1930s as an underground Red Army unit
  • Employs some 100,000 hackers, linguists, and analysts
  • Divided into 12 bureaus with specific tasks or targets
  • Governed by China’s Central Military Commission, headed by President Xi Jinping

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Foreign couple illegal investigation case to be heard in public

Foreign couple illegal investigation case to be heard in public
2014-07-18 XinhuaWeb Editor: Mo Hong’e

A foreign couple accused of illegally obtaining private information on Chinese citizens will be tried in public, Shanghai No. 1 Intermediate People’s Court announced on Thursday.

The couple, Peter William Humphrey, 58, a British national, and his American wife Yu Ying Zeng, 61, were arrested last August. They had been hired by GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) China’s Mark Reilly as private investigators in 2013.

It is the first indictment of foreigners for illegal investigation in China.

Prosecutors have found that the couple illegally trafficked a huge amount of personal information on Chinese citizens to seek profits via a company called ChinaWhys Co. Ltd., registered in 2004 in Shanghai.

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Secretive court to hear state surveillance complaints

By Jane Croft

A secretive UK court that investigates complaints against intelligence agencies will this week hear the first of a series of legal challenges relating to alleged surveillance by security services. The Investigatory Powers Tribunal is due to hear a case lodged by human rights groups that stems from the US intelligence whistleblower Edward Snowden’s revelations about state surveillance. The groups have accused Britain of breaching human rights to privacy after Mr Snowden gave details last year of far-reaching online surveillance programmes by the US and UK governments. He said the UK security services gained information from internet traffic through an operation called Tempora.”

GCHQ is engaging in bulk interception of communications carried on fibre-optic cables entering or leaving the UK,” they said. “Many if not most communications, even between an MP and her constituents, will be carried on such cables.”

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UK Rushes Surveillance Laws Through Parliament

LONDON (AP) — Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron pledged Thursday to rush through fresh measures to give police and spy agencies the power to scoop up mobile phone and internet data.

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Berlin drops Verizon over US spying fears

By Jeevan Vasagar

Berlin has terminated a contract with Verizon over concerns about the security of its systems in the first sign of serious commercial repercussions in Europe from the Snowden revelations of mass US government spying on its allies.

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