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  • Smartphone use

    Exclusive Spy agencies target mobile phones, app stores to implant spyware

    by Amber Hildebrandt and Dave Seglins

    Canada and its spying partners exploited a weakness in one of the world's most popular mobile browsers and planned to hack into smartphones via links to Google and Samsung app stores, a top secret document obtained by CBC News shows.

    Posted: May 21, 2015 5:00 AM ET
    Last Updated: May 21, 2015 10:55 PM ET
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    CSE worried about how its use of Canadian metadata might be viewed

    by Amber Hildebrandt

    Canada's electronic spy agency fretted over how its collection of cellphone metadata might be perceived even before CBC published a story on the agency using Wi-Fi info to track airport passengers, documents obtained by CBC reveal.

    Posted: Apr 22, 2015 5:00 AM ET
    Last Updated: Apr 22, 2015 8:50 AM ET
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    CSE spying in Mexico: Espionage aimed at friends 'never looks good'

    by Amber Hildebrandt

    News that Canada hacked into Mexican computer networks to gather intelligence is expected to worsen already tense relations with a key trading partner.

    Posted: Mar 25, 2015 2:41 PM ET
    Last Updated: Mar 25, 2015 5:44 PM ET
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    Exclusive Communication Security Establishment's cyberwarfare toolbox revealed

    by Amber Hildebrandt, Dave Seglins, Michael Pereira

    Top-secret documents obtained by the CBC show Canada's electronic spy agency is using a vast arsenal of cyberwarfare tools to hack into computers and phones in many parts of the world, including in friendly trade countries like Mexico and hotspots like the Middle East.

    Posted: Mar 23, 2015 5:00 AM ET
    Last Updated: Apr 02, 2015 3:29 PM ET
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    Exclusive CSE monitors millions of Canadian emails to government

    by Amber Hildebrandt, Dave Seglins, Michael Pereira

    Canada's electronic spy agency collects millions of emails from Canadians and stores them for "days to months" while trying to filter out malware and other attacks on government computer networks, CBC News has learned.

    Posted: Feb 25, 2015 5:00 AM ET
    Last Updated: Apr 02, 2015 3:30 PM ET
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  • Computer passwords

    CSE's Levitation project: Expert says spy agencies 'drowning in data' and unable to follow leads

    by Amber Hildebrandt, Michael Pereira and Dave Seglins

    Mass trawling of internet data — as done by Canada's electronic spy agency in a project dubbed Levitation — can impede cyber spies in the hunt for extremists more than it helps, some security experts argue.

    Posted: Jan 29, 2015 5:00 AM ET
    Last Updated: Jan 29, 2015 12:13 PM ET
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    Cyber surveillance worries most Canadians: privacy czar's poll

    A growing number of Canadians say they are concerned about privacy, according to a new survey commissioned by the federal privacy commissioner.

    Posted: Jan 28, 2015 1:30 PM ET
    Last Updated: Jan 28, 2015 7:54 PM ET
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  • How Levitation works

    Feature How Canada's spy agency hunts extremists through file-sharing sites

    A newly released top-secret presentation by Canada's electronic spy agency shows how it sifts through millions of files uploaded online every day around the world in an attempt to find those intending to commit extremist acts. The Communications Security Establishment document provides extensive details about this mass surveillance, which taps into the massive databases kept by Canada's "Five Eyes" spying partners and is conducted under the code name Levitation. Here's how Levitation works.

    Posted: Jan 28, 2015 5:00 AM ET
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    Exclusive CSE tracks millions of downloads daily: Snowden documents

    by Amber Hildebrandt, Michael Pereira, Dave Seglins

    Canada's electronic spy agency sifts through millions of videos and documents downloaded online every day by people around the world, as part of a sweeping bid to find extremist plots and suspects, CBC News has learned.

    Posted: Jan 27, 2015 3:12 PM ET
    Last Updated: Apr 02, 2015 3:20 PM ET
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    Spy agencies, prime minister's adviser defend Wi-Fi data collection

    by Laura Payton

    The head of Canada's communications surveillance agency defended its use of metadata Monday and argued a test using Canadian passengers' data — revealed by CBC News last week — didn't run in real-time and wasn't an actual operation.

    Posted: Feb 03, 2014 11:59 AM ET
    Last Updated: Feb 04, 2014 1:01 PM ET
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  • Edward Snowden

    CSEC Snowden docs: MPs grill defence minister on spying revelation

    by Laura Payton

    Opposition MPs say the government has to do more to reassure Canadians after a document newly released by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden suggested Canada's communications spy agency tracked people through free airport Wi-Fi.

    Posted: Jan 31, 2014 12:20 PM ET
    Last Updated: Jan 31, 2014 11:59 PM ET
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    Exclusive CSEC used airport Wi-Fi to track Canadian travellers: Edward Snowden documents

    by Greg Weston, Glenn Greenwald, Ryan Gallagher

    Canada's international spy agency, CSEC, tapped into the free Wi-Fi service at a major Canadian airport to track the comings and goings of cellphone-carrying travellers for two weeks, according to documents obtained by CBC News. It was apparently part of a trial run to see how wide an electronic net could be cast.

    Posted: Jan 30, 2014 8:59 PM ET
    Last Updated: Jan 31, 2014 6:38 PM ET
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    Time for a 'wake-up call' on smartphone spying: Cavoukian

    Ontario’s privacy commissioner said she’s concerned with the privacy protections on smartphone apps that may be being exploited by spy agencies to access personal information.

    Posted: Jan 28, 2014 6:35 PM ET
    Last Updated: Jan 28, 2014 7:46 PM ET
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    Exclusive Snowden document shows Canada set up spy posts for NSA

    by Greg Weston, Glenn Greenwald, Ryan Gallagher

    A top secret document retrieved by American whistleblower Edward Snowden reveals Canada has set up covert spying posts around the world and conducted espionage against trading partners at the request of the U.S. National Security Agency.

    Posted: Dec 09, 2013 9:03 PM ET
    Last Updated: Dec 10, 2013 3:59 PM ET
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  • Dilma Rousseff

    Brazil summons Canadian ambassador over spying allegations

    by Laura Payton

    Brazil's foreign affairs minister summoned Canada's ambassador to the country to explain allegations the Communications Security Establishment Canada used phone and email metadata to map the communications of Brazil's Mines and Energy Ministry.

    Posted: Oct 07, 2013 11:27 AM ET
    Last Updated: Oct 07, 2013 10:07 PM ET
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