Salisbury Would Rather be Associated With Free Parking Than Nerve Agent

The town of Salisbury has been in the news recently for rather unfortunate reasons to do with an international scandal surrounding the apparent poisoning of a spy using a nerve agent, but it's all going to be OK as the council has a plan to make everyone happy to go there again — free parking. Read More >>

China Denies That It Gifted the African Union an HQ Building Stuffed Full of Surveillance Devices

The government of China has long held an interest in building bridges with countries across Africa, which it sees as both a major opportunity for economic investment and a chance to project geopolitical power. But while mutual solidarity is nice and all, the Chinese want to leave as little to chance as possible in their influence-building project on the continent, per a recent investigation by French newspaper Le Monde. Read More >>

Speculation Rampant as Secretive Zuma Spy Satellite Declared a ‘Total Loss’ 

Contradictory accounts are emerging in the wake of the apparent failure of the Zuma mission—a secretive multibillion-dollar spy satellite that was launched by SpaceX from Cape Canaveral, Florida this past weekend. Everything seemed fine on Sunday as the spy satellite was launched aboard a Falcon 9 rocket. SpaceX founder Elon Musk even tweeted about it, dropping a super-sweet photo of the launch on Instagram. Read More >>

Snooper’s Charter Will Be Challenged In The High Court

Human rights group Liberty has been given permission to challenge part of the government's Investigatory Powers Act in court. The act, which is often referred to as the Snoopers' Charter will force ISPs and telecoms companies to retain records of phone calls and visits to websites for a year. Read More >>

Trump’s Crazy British Spy Scenario Actually Happened Once Before, in 1983

President Trump claims that the GCHQ were spying on him at President Obama’s request—a substantial charge to be making of an American ally, let alone a former president, without any proof. But do you want to hear a dirty little secret about Trump’s allegations? An identical scenario to the one Trump describes actually happened in the 1980s. Read More >>

Q is a Woman Says MI6 Boss

The real-world director of security service MI6 has thrown the Bond universe into crisis, revealing that the actual equivalent of Q is a woman. Although given that MI6 doesn't really equip its agents with jetpacks and invisibility cars, she's probably just the boss of the stationery department. Read More >>

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US Government Alleges Edward Snowden Is Talking With Russian Spy Agencies

The US House Intelligence Committee released a report today detailing the US government’s version of what Edward Snowden did in the lead up to 2013. And while it contains a bunch of interesting allegations, the most serious claim is that Snowden is actively talking with Russian intelligence agencies. Read More >>

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MI6 Chief Has Mixed Feelings About James Bond

The MI6 has done a thing where it distracts the people from all of the world’s bad stuff by being playful and chatting about James Bond. Read More >>

US Government Officials Can’t Stop Spying on Their Crushes

On Monday, a top prosecutor in the Brooklyn district attorney’s office was arrested amid allegations that she used an illegal wiretap to eavesdrop on a coworker and an NYPD detective. Read More >>

This Malware Turns Headphones Into Microphones

Researchers at Ben Gurion University in Israel have created malware that will turn your plugged in headphones into a microphone. Read More >>

British Defence Giant Offers Tactical Rubbish Bins to American Police

While most of us eventually stop playing spies, American police departments have found it increasingly tough to grow up, using military-developed surveillance equipment for crimes as minor as 911 hangups in recent years. Sensing an opportunity, defence contractors apparently stepped in to fulfil the demand, as demonstrated by a newly leaked 2014 product catalogue from British defence firm Cobham Read More >>

Scientists, Inspired by Skin, Find a New Way To Encrypt Messages

This is certainly a much better idea than a message that self-destructs after you read it (we’re looking at you, Inspector Gadget). Read More >>

All of the Creepy Things Facebook Knows About You

Facebook knows more about your personal life than you probably realise. As part of the company’s increasingly aggressive advertising operation, Facebook goes to great lengths to track you across the web. The company compiles a list of personal details about every user that includes major life events and general interests. For years, details have been murky about how exactly the social network targets ads—but the company has finally given us a glimpse into how the secret sauce is made. Read More >>

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North Korea’s Broadcasting Strange Codes on the Radio and Nobody Knows Why

Lately some strange radio broadcasts have been coming from North Korea, according to the South Korean government. Read More >>

Facebook Says it’s Definitely Not Listening to Your Phone’s Microphone to Target You With Ads

Facebook wants you all to know that it’s not listening to your microphone to covertly sell you ads, nope, no way, nuh-uh, no siree, no way! Read More >>