Monthly Archives: February 2014

Snowden files: GCHQ NSA collecting webcam user data

British spy agency GCHQ intercepted webcam images from millions of Yahoo users around the world, according to a report in the Guardian. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-26367781 Yahoo denied prior knowledge of the alleged programme, describing it as a “completely unacceptable” privacy violation. According to leaked documents, sexually explicit images were among those gathered – although not intentionally. The […]

Android phone joins Apple in adding biometric scanner

The next iteration of Samsung’s Galaxy smartphone range will feature biometric security, the company has announced. http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-26331249 In a similar way to Apple’s iPhone 5, the main button on the front of the device doubles as a fingerprint scanner used to unlock the device. Security has been a major theme at Mobile World Congress in […]

CA police chief and officers illegally sold impounded vehicles

The acting police chief and two officers in a rural California town have been removed from duty after being arrested and accused of selling vehicles seized from poor residents. http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-26362590 After a six-month inquiry, Monterey County officials also arrested an ex-King City police chief in the scheme. The officers sold or gave away vehicles seized […]

Swiss investment bank conceals 12 billion to avoid US taxes

Credit Suisse “helped its US customers conceal their Swiss accounts” and avoid billions of dollars in American taxes, a report has alleged. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-26335432 It claims the bank opened Swiss accounts for more than 22,000 US customers, with assets totalling $12bn (£7.2bn) at their peak. The report alleges bankers helped clients create offshore shell entities and […]

US Supreme Court says protester can’t use protest area

The Supreme Court on Wednesday unanimously ruled against an antiwar protester who was convicted of breaking federal law by entering an area set aside for protests near the main entrance to Vandenberg Air Force Base.  http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/27/us/justices-rule-against-man-in-case-on-protest-area-near-air-base.html   The court’s opinion, by Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr., involved the interpretation of a federal law that […]

US and Canadian fertilizer use causes dangerous algae bloom

A United States-Canadian agency called on Wednesday for swift and sweeping limits on the use of fertilizer around Lake Erie to reduce the amount of phosphorus entering the water and creating a vast blanket of algae each summer, threatening fisheries, tourism and even drinking water. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/27/us/fertilizer-limits-sought-near-lake-erie-to-fight-spread-of-algae.html?ref=us In a report on the algae problem, the agency, […]

Venezuelan intelligence implicated in protest deaths

Seven members of the intelligence service have been charged with murder in the shooting deaths of a demonstrator and a government supporter after a major protest march in Venezuela. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/27/world/americas/venezuela-accuses-intelligence-officers-of-murdering-2.html?ref=world&_r=0 The announcement of the charges appeared to contrast with repeated claims by top government officials that the political opposition was responsible for violence accompanying a […]