Canada's electronic spy agency stops sharing some metadata with partners

The Communications Security Establishment, Canada's electronic spy agency, has stopped sharing certain metadata with international partners after discovering it had not been sufficiently protecting that information before passing it on.

Spy agencies target mobile phones, app stores to implant spyware

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.

CSE worried about how its use of Canadian metadata might be viewed

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.

CSE monitors millions of Canadian emails to government

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.

Communication Security Establishment's cyberwarfare toolbox revealed

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.

CSE tracks millions of downloads daily: Snowden documents

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.

CSE spying in Mexico: Espionage aimed at friends 'never looks good'

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

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

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.

Project Levitation and your privacy: Politicians call for cybersurveillance oversight

Canadian politicians are calling for heftier intelligence oversight after the revelation that Canada's cybersleuthing capabilities include a mass surveillance project dubbed "Levitation."

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.

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.

Spy agencies, prime minister's adviser defend Wi-Fi data collection

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.

CSEC Snowden docs: MPs grill defence minister on spying revelation

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.



CSEC used airport Wi-Fi to track Canadian travellers: Edward Snowden documents

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.


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.



Snowden document shows Canada set up spy posts for NSA

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.

Brazil summons Canadian ambassador over spying allegations

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.