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Security clearance loophole allowed ex-NSA hackers to work for UAE

10 Dec 2019

WASHINGTON How do you keep a coveted top-secret U.S. government security clearance while working for a foreign spy service? That question vexed U.S. intelligence operatives recruited to work as contractors for a secret United Arab Emirates hacking team.

Special Report: White House veterans helped Gulf monarchy build secret surveillance unit

10 Dec 2019

WASHINGTON In the years after 9/11, former U.S. counterterrorism czar Richard Clarke warned Congress that the country needed more expansive spying powers to prevent another catastrophe. Five years after leaving government, he shopped the same idea to an enthusiastic partner: an Arab monarchy with deep pockets.

Security clearance loophole allowed ex-NSA hackers to work for UAE

10 Dec 2019

WASHINGTON How do you keep a coveted top-secret U.S. government security clearance while working for a foreign spy service? That question vexed U.S. intelligence operatives recruited to work as contractors for a secret United Arab Emirates hacking team.

Exclusive: Messaging app Telegram moves to protect identity of Hong Kong protesters

31 Aug 2019

WASHINGTON Telegram, a popular encrypted messaging app, will allow users to cloak their telephone numbers to safeguard Hong Kong protesters against monitoring by authorities, according to a person with direct knowledge of the effort.

Google blocks websites certified by DarkMatter, after Reuters reports

02 Aug 2019

WASHINGTON Alphabet's Google has blacklisted websites approved by a United Arab Emirates-based security company after Reuters reports tied the firm to a state hacking operation.

Mozilla blocks UAE bid to become an internet security guardian after hacking reports

10 Jul 2019

WASHINGTON Firefox browser maker Mozilla is blocking the United Arab Emirates' government from serving as one of its internet security gatekeepers, citing Reuters reports on a UAE cyber espionage programme.

Trump delays mass deportation raids, seeks deal with Democrats

23 Jun 2019

WASHINGTON U.S. President Donald Trump said on Saturday he would postpone mass deportation raids for two weeks as he seeks compromise with Democratic leaders on immigration issues. | Video

Lawmakers seek probe on U.S. hacking services sold globally

16 May 2019

WASHINGTON U.S. lawmakers are pushing legislation that would force the State Department to report what it is doing to control the spread of U.S. hacking tools around the world.

WhatsApp security breach may have targeted human rights groups

15 May 2019

WASHINGTON WhatsApp said on Tuesday that a security breach on its messaging app had signs of coming from a government using surveillance technology developed by a private company, and it may have targeted human rights groups. | Video

Special Report: U.S. hackers helped UAE spy on Al Jazeera chairman, BBC host

01 Apr 2019

WASHINGTON A group of American hackers who once worked for U.S. intelligence agencies helped the United Arab Emirates spy on a BBC host, the chairman of Al Jazeera and other prominent Arab media figures during a tense 2017 confrontation pitting the UAE and its allies against the Gulf state of Qatar. | Video

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