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Fleeing the police, man takes refuge at spy HQ

Fleeing the police after a car crash in Paris, a man who had been driving without a licence took the ultimate wrong turn -- and ended up taking refuge inside the headquarters of France's spy agency. According to a police source, the hapless driver fled after being involved in a crash on Paris's peripherique ring road on Friday, scaling a fence several metres (feet) high to get off the busy artery. What he didn't realise was that he had unwittingly climbed into the grounds of the General Directorate of External Security…

Spy agency NSA triples collection of US phone records: official report

WASHINGTON: The US National Security Agency collected 534 million records of phone calls and text messages of Americans last year, more than triple gathered in 2016, a US intelligence agency report released on Friday said. The sharp increase from 151 million occurred during the second full year of a new surveillance system established at the spy agency after US lawmakers passed a law in 2015 that sought to limit its ability to collect such records in bulk. The spike in collection of call records coincided with an…

South Korea spy agency admits attempting to rig election

SEOUL: South Korea's spy agency has admitted that it had engaged in a far-reaching attempt to manipulate voters as it sought to help conservatives win parliamentary and presidential elections. In-house investigators from the National Intelligence Service (NIS) confirmed that the agency's cyber warfare unit organised and operated up to 30 teams for more than two years in the run-up to the 2012 elections, the agency said in a statement late Thursday. They hired internet-savvy civilians and sought to sway voter opinions…

US cyber bill would shift power away from spy agency

WASHINGTON: A bill proposed in Congress on Wednesday would require the U.S. National Security Agency to inform representatives of other government agencies about security holes it finds in software like the one that allowed last week's "ransomware" attacks. Under former President Barack Obama, the government created a similar inter-agency review, but it was not required by law and was administered by the NSA itself. The new bill would mandate a review when a government agency discovers a security hole in a computer…

Spy agency officer shot dead in Karachi

KARACHI: Armed men on Tuesday shot dead an intelligence officer in the Korangi area of the city, ARY News reported. The man identified as Zahid Farooq was shot near Korangi Crossing. He was shifted to hospital where he succumbed to his wounds. The incident took place in the jurisdiction of the Ibrahim Haideri police station. Police said that it initially looks like a mugging attempt, but further investigation are still underway.