US justice officials are scooping up mobile phone data from unwitting Americans as part of a sophisticated airborne surveillance program designed to catch criminals, the Wall Street Journal reported Thursday.
US authorities threatened to fine Yahoo $250,000 a day if it failed to comply with a secret surveillance program requiring it to hand over user data in the name of national security, court documents showed on Thursday.
More than one lakh phone tapping orders are issued by the central government every year, but the total number of such interceptions can be of a 'staggering scale' after taking into account the directions from state governments, a new study has found.
Nine of 10 internet users, both Americans and non-Americans, whose accounts were intercepted by the NSA were not the intended surveillance targets but were caught in a net cast by the US spy agency for somebody else.
The top US military commander in Afghanistan says the US has increased its surveillance over the Afghan-Pakistani border since Pakistan began pounding a militant stronghold with airstrikes, but so far officials have not seen any militants fleeing the latest offensive.
China`s Communist Party has a tighter grip on power than ever, analysts and activists say, courtesy of its economic boom and vast surveillance mechanisms, rather than the tanks and bullets of the Tiananmen crackdown.
The US is developing a smart- phone piloted and cheap military drone capable of assisting troops in front lines of battle while avoiding hostile threats on the ground like improvised explosive devices and ambushes.