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Inquiry Launched into New Zealand Mass Surveillance

firstlook.org — New Zealand's spy agency watchdog is launching an investigation into the scope of the country's secret surveillance operations following a series of reports from The Intercept and its partners. On Thursday, Cheryl Gwyn, New Zealand's inspector-general of intelligence and security, announced that she would be opening an inquiry after receiving complaints about spying being conducted in the South Pacific by eavesdropping agency Government Communications Security Bureau, or GCSB.

Documents Reveal Canada’s Secret Hacking Tactics

firstlook.org — Canada's electronic surveillance agency has secretly developed an arsenal of cyber weapons capable of stealing data and destroying adversaries' infrastructure, according to newly revealed classified documents. Communications Security Establishment, or CSE, has also covertly hacked into computers across the world to gather intelligence, breaking into networks in Europe, Mexico, the Middle East, and North Africa, the documents show.

How spy agency homed in on Groser's rivals

nzherald.co.nz — By Nicky Hager, Ryan Gallagher GCSB used United States' XKeyscore surveillance system to intercept emails mentioning other candidates for WTO job and paid close attention to Indonesian contender. A top secret document reveals New Zealand's surveillance agency spied on candidates vying to be the director-general of the World Trade Organisation (WTO), a job sought by National Government minister Tim Groser.

New Zealand Spied on WTO Director Candidates

firstlook.org — New Zealand launched a covert surveillance operation targeting candidates vying to be director general of the World Trade Organization, a top-secret document reveals. In the period leading up to the May 2013 appointment, the country's electronic eavesdropping agency programmed an Internet spying system to intercept emails about a list of high-profile candidates from Brazil, Costa Rica, Ghana, Indonesia, Jordan, Kenya, Mexico, and South Korea.

UK Police Deem Snowden Leak Investigation a State Secret

firstlook.org — British police claim a criminal investigation they are conducting into journalists who have reported on leaked documents from Edward Snowden has to be kept a secret due to a "possibility of increased threat of terrorist activity."

GCSB had Solomons post, papers show

nzherald.co.nz — The GCSB not only spies on the Solomon Islands using its Waihopai satellite interception base - it also had a secret listening post inside the country, according to documents provided - New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Used NSA System to Target Officials, Anti-Corruption Campaigner

firstlook.org — New Zealand's eavesdropping agency used an Internet mass surveillance system to target government officials and an anti-corruption campaigner on a neighboring Pacific island, according to a top-secret document. Analysts from Government Communications Security Bureau, or GCSB, programmed the Internet spy system XKEYSCORE to intercept documents authored by the closest aides and confidants of the prime minister on the tiny Solomon Islands.

Snowden revelations: Nicky Hager and Ryan Gallagher: New Zealand's spy reach stretches across globe

nzherald.co.nz — Documents expose discrepancies between country's secret agenda and official foreign policy. New Zealand spies on Vietnam, China, India, Pakistan, South American nations and a range of other countries to help fill gaps in worldwide surveillance operations by the United States National Security Agency (NSA), documents show.

New Zealand Targets Trade Partners, Hacks Computers in Spy Operations

firstlook.org — New Zealand is conducting covert surveillance operations against some of its strongest trading partners and has obtained sophisticated malware to infect targeted computers and steal data, newly released documents reveal.

Documents Shine Light on Shadowy New Zealand Surveillance Base

firstlook.org — Near the heartland of New Zealand's renowned wine country, there is a place that visitors are not allowed to go. The peculiar large white domes that protrude from the earth in the Waihopai Valley are surrounded by razor wire and shrouded in secrecy.
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Apr 01, 2015

Interesting piece on our NZ spying revelations & Five Eyes rationale as "self-justifying hunger for total presence": overland.org.au/2015/04/why-we…

Apr 01, 2015

Insane things a corrupt DEA agent did while allegedly stealing Bitcoin from Silk Road: fusion.net/story/112680/s…

Mar 30, 2015

Top NSA managers had proposal to "kill" agency's mass collection of Americans' phone records before Snowden leak: hosted.ap.org/dynamic/storie…

Mar 27, 2015

You can get flagged as a potential terrorist at US airports for "whistling", "excessive throat clearing" & "yawning" firstlook.org/theintercept/2…



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