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Snoops 'n' snitches auditor IPCO gets up and running

The latest agency that audits state spying in the UK, the Investigatory Powers Commission (IPCO), formally started operating today. IPCO is the latest incarnation of the public sector snooping regulator, the body previously having been called the Interception of Communications Commissioner’s Office (IOCCO). In plain English, …

In real life, Q is a woman! Head of MI6 calls for more female techies at SIS

The chief of MI6, Alex Younger, yesterday called for more female technologists to come and work for him at Vauxhall Cross. Younger told the Women in IT Awards that "as a spy" he didn't get out much, but explained that doing so to celebrate the achievements of women in cyberland was worthwhile. He added that attracting the best …

MI6 to hire another 1,000 bods 'cos of private surveillance tech

MI6 is set to hire another 1,000 staffers because of the internet, apparently. According to the BBC, the foreign-focused spooks are set to boost their numbers by 40 per cent, "from 2,500 staff to a little under 3,500." The agency, which is formally known as the Secret Intelligence Service, argues that the increase in …

Here's the little-known legal loophole that permitted mass surveillance in the UK

This article explains the extent to which the national security agencies have been collecting bulk communications data using powers which are being exercised in a way that were never subject to Parliamentary scrutiny. Such data collection is neither subject to the relevant code of practice covering communications data nor to …

Sunday Times fires off copyright complaint at Snowden story critics

The Sunday Times has apparently sent a copyright complaint to critics of its article that claimed British and American overseas spies have had their covers blown by Edward Snowden. The London-based newspaper unquestioningly parroted the UK government's spin at the weekend, claiming that classified files obtained by the NSA …
Shaun Nichols, 15 Jun 2015
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Not in the Budget: Spooks beg UK.gov for £111m brown envelope

Blighty's intelligence agencies have held out the begging bowl to Parliament for a handout of £111m before April. In a written ministerial statement today Cabinet Office minister and Paymaster General Francis Maude sought Parliamentary approval for the additional funds. He said the money reflects a number of "in-year …
Kat Hall, 18 Mar 2015

Evil US web giants shield terrorists? Evil spies in net freedom crush plot?

Analysis Evil US Internet companies are shielding terrorists plotting our destruction! Woo! Evil Tory bastards are using the Woolwich Report as an excuse for a further crackdown on the Internet, muslims and ultra-left Guardian columnists.* Woo! Or, perhaps, neither of the above? All the shouting is based on the parliamentary …
John Lettice, 28 Nov 2014

MI6 oversight report on Lee Rigby murder: US web giants offer 'safe haven for terrorism'

A Parliamentary report into the murder of off-duty British soldier Lee Rigby by Muslim extremists last year has pointed the finger of blame squarely at "the major US Communications Service Providers", saying that the only organisation which could have prevented the attack was one such internet-media giant. The new report was …
Lewis Page, 25 Nov 2014

If you're suing the UK govt, Brit spies will snoop on your briefs

British agents spy on lawyers and their clients who are suing the UK government – and then pass their confidential conversations onto the government's legal team, it's claimed. Evidence of dirty tricks surfaced amid a court case brought against the British government by two Libyan families, who were kidnapped and sent back to …
Iain Thomson, 7 Nov 2014
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Edward who? GCHQ boss dodges Snowden topic during last speech

Sir Iain Lobban's final speech as GCHQ director omitted any mention of that man Edward Snowden, and unlike recent speeches by FBI and law enforcement officials on both side of the Atlantic, the spy boss had no critical words for Apple and Google's plans to roll out improved encryption on smartphones and computers. Instead, an …
John Leyden, 21 Oct 2014

Blighty: Welcome your new, faceless MI6 chief – Alex Younger

Career spook Alex Younger has been named as the new head of MI6, replacing Sir John Sawers. Before taking up his position as boss of the Secret Intelligence Service (SIS), which is more widely known as MI6, Younger oversaw its global operations. After joining in 1991, he was posted to Europe and the Middle East, before …
Jasper Hamill, 3 Oct 2014

IRONY ALERT: Former MI6 chief warns of 'mass snooping' - by PAEDOS

The former head of MI6 has warned parents that paedophile predators are capable of using location-based services to find and abuse their kids. In a warning that might sound a bit rich coming from a former chief spook, Sir John Scarlett said he was worried about how easily a youngster's movements could be traced. Young girls …
Jasper Hamill, 2 Oct 2014
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Osbo jacks up spending on spooks to keep us safe from TERROR

Spending Review As George Osborne hacked away at what he saw as money-wasting thickets in Britain's welfare system during his spending review on Wednesday, the Chancellor of the Exchequer - at the same time - upped the budget for the country's security services. Spooks at GCHQ, MI5 and MI6 will see a "real terms increase in funding ... to …
Kelly Fiveash, 27 Jun 2013
The Register breaking news

US and UK spooks alerted over massive Swiss data leak

The Swiss intelligence agency (NDB) has been warning its US and UK counterparts that it may have lost terabytes of their secret information, thanks to one of its IT administrators pulling an inside job. The rogue administrator, whom a source described to Reuters as "very talented," had admin rights to most of the NBD's servers …
Iain Thomson, 4 Dec 2012
The Register breaking news

'007' job ad for an assassin appears on official UK.gov website

Pranksters advertised a job vacancy for an official assassin on a UK government website to fool wannabe James Bonds into applying. The position of "target elimination specialist" [PDF] was published on the Direct.gov.uk website, supposedly on behalf of the Secret Intelligence Service (aka MI6 in some circles). The advert …
John Leyden, 26 Nov 2012

Bond's Walther PPK goes digital: A civilized gun updated

Bond on Film It's the details that embellish James Bond's character: the martini, the Aston Martin, the Walther PPK. A bit of a handbag gun really ... but there's no point telling people We’re talking about an individual from a certain social background, somebody who possesses a deliberate and definite sense of choice and taste. But …

Inside the real-world Double-O section of Her Majesty's Secret Service

Bond on Film Thanks to the books and films we all know a lot about James Bond 007. We also know a little about the group he supposedly belongs to, the "Double-O agents" of "Her Majesty's Secret Service" - the only British secret agents with a licence to kill. But just how realistic is the idea? Does anything like the Double-O section really …
Lewis Page, 5 Oct 2012
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GCHQ's spy death riddle shines light on UK hacker war

British intelligence agent Dr Gareth Williams’ last mission before he was “unlawfully killed” was to infiltrate and report on US hacker meetings, evidence given at his inquest this week has indicated. Williams appears to have been one of a team of intelligence officers and agents sent to penetrate hacking networks in the US …

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