Microsoft, Too, Says FBI Secretly Surveilling Its Customers 21 Mar 2013 Microsoft said the Federal Bureau of Investigation is secretly spying on its customers with so-called National Security Letters that don’t require a judge’s approval, a revelation Thursday that mirrors one Google announced two weeks ago. Redmond, Washington-based Microsoft announced that the type of accounts the feds are targeting with National Security Letters, warrants or court orders include Hotmail/Outlook.com, SkyDrive, Xbox LIVE, Microsoft Account, Messenger and Office 365. The announcements by the two tech giants mark the first time U.S. companies have divulged they were secretly responding to National Security Letters and coughing up user data to the bureau without probable-cause warrants.
4 journalists arrested in UK phone hacking probe 14 Mar 2013 Four people, all journalists or former journalists for Britain’s Mirror Group Newspapers, have been arrested on suspicion of conspiring to hack voice mails, police in London said Thursday. The investigation is mainly concerned with the Sunday Mirror newspaper and is focused on the period from 2003 to 2004. “This conspiracy is being treated as a separate conspiracy to the two being investigated at the now defunct News of the World newspaper,” London’s Metropolitan Police said. The News of the World was closed down in 2011 amid public uproar over the hacking of voice mails by employees of the tabloid, owned by the UK arm of Rupert Murdoch’s News [sic] Corp.