11 privacy steps every journalist should take to protect themselves and their sources

11 privacy steps every journalist should take to protect themselves and their sources
Published by Aimee O’Driscoll on June 29, 2017 in VPN & Privacy

One News: Taxpayer-funded grants to NZ tech firm used to build surveillance equipment for UK government

Taxpayer-funded grants to a private New Zealand tech firm were used to build mass surveillance equipment for Britain’s largest intelligence agency, the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ).

ONE News: Special investigation: Inside one of the SIS’s biggest anti-terrorism operations

One of the Security Intelligence Service’s biggest ever anti-terrorism operations – conducted between July and August 2012 – targeted a group of pro-democracy campaigners who it mistakenly thought were planning to overthrow the military government in Fiji.

Snowden files: GCSB had Solomons post, papers show

The GCSB not only spies on the Solomon Islands using its Waihopai satellite interception base – it also had a secret listening post inside the country, according to documents provided by the United States National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden.

Latest Wikileaks revelations (Sunday Star-Times)

Confidential security industry documents released by Wikileaks this week reveal details of the kinds of surveillance systems that will be used in New Zealand under the controversial GCSB Act.

US spy agencies eavesdrop on Kiwi, Sunday Star-Times 

The New Zealand military received help from US spy agencies to monitor the phone calls of Kiwi journalist Jon Stephenson and his associates while he was in Afghanistan reporting on the war.

Who is really responsible for the GCSB shenanigans?

Kitteridge Report suggests “unclear legislation” allowed for GCSB to illegally spy on New Zealanders. But the real responsibility lies elsewhere

A short history of the New Zealand Security Intelligence Service (NZSIS)

The SIS history divides into three eras: Cold War (1956-1990), post-Cold War (1990-2001) and War on Terror (2001 to the present).

Wikileaks: Leaked US cables spill the beans on NZ ties

NEW ZEALAND’S collaboration with United States intelligence agencies was “fully restored” in August 2009 but both governments decided to keep the decision secret.

Israel’s omniscient ears

Israel’s Urim base in the Negev desert is among the most important and powerful intelligence gathering sites in the world. Yet, until now, its eavesdropping has gone entirely unmentioned

Spies target animal rights campaigners

An Auckland private investigation firm has been caught out after it attached a sophisticated tracking device to a political campaigner’s car – but left the device visible from outside the vehicle. It is the third time in three years the Sunday Star-Times has caught Thompson & Clark Investigations doing covert surveillance on political groups for corporate clients.

Google case highlights risks in NZ law change

The US Internet company Google threatened to close its Chinese operations last week after discovering Chinese hackers had broken into its Gmail email system, apparently gaining access via specialised interception equipment installed by Google to assist US law enforcement agencies.

FBI role in Big Brother’s sharper eyes, ears

GO TO the heart of one of Telecom or Vodafone’s mobile phone exchanges and you’ll find the whole system – covering a quarter of the country – is run by a single computer, no bigger than a small freezer.
Cables lead off to all the company’s cellphone towers and other parts of the network. A main cable, connecting all those phone users to the world, comes out the top of the computer and passes directly into a unit in the rack above. One cable goes into the unit but two come out: one continuing out to the world, the other coiling off to secret equipment marked “LI” on the system diagrams. “LI” stands for “lawful interception”.

NZ’s cyber spies win new powers

New cyber-monitoring measures have been quietly introduced giving police and Security Intelligence Service officers the power to monitor all aspects of someone’s online life. The measures are the largest expansion of police and SIS surveillance capabilities for decades, and mean that all mobile calls and texts, email, internet surfing and online shopping, chatting and social networking can be monitored anywhere in New Zealand.

Postal blunder – are your tax records safe?

TREASURY HAS lost a computer disk containing millions of New Zealanders’ confidential tax records, after ignoring procedures and sending the CD through the mail.

Activist considers court action against police informer

PROTESTER SIMON OOSTERMAN might bring charges against police informer Rob Gilchrist for harming his case at a trial over the police use of pepper spray. A follow up article on anti-terrorist police.

Crossing the line: the activist who turned police informer

The police have used an informer to spy on New Zealand protest groups for nearly 10 years – providing them with intimate details about planned protests and even the private lives of group members….

Coal mine spies return despite govt ban

PRIVATE INVESTIGATORS working for the state-owned coal company Solid Energy have defied a direct government instruction and again tried to infiltrate an environment group that opposes Solid Energy’s coal mining plans….

Still digging

Twelve months ago the government told state coal company Solid Energy that using paid informants to infiltrate environment groups was ‘not acceptable’ and that it had to stop. Solid Energy is adamant it has complied. The private investigators however appear to have defied the order….

I was paid to betray protesters

Student confesses he infiltrated group opposed to Solid Energy mining.
AN AUCKLAND private investigation firm is paying agents to infiltrate
and spy on environmental, peace and anti-vivisection groups….

Handing thieves the keys

So, you do most of your banking online? Maybe you shouldn’t. As a computer hacker tells Nicky Hager, it is alarmingly easy for scamsters to break into your accounts….

Hacker takes 3 minutes to get your cash

A NEW ZEALAND computer hacker has accessed the private bank accounts of dozens of unsuspecting Kiwis, showing how easy it is to break into our internet banking system….

“Surveillance: technological change, foreign pressures and over-reaction to terrorist threats”, An address to the New Zealand Privacy Commissioner’s 2003 Privacy Issues Forum

New Zealand is going through a period of serious degradation of civil liberties. Some expansion of surveillance may be justified but most is occurring without any objective necessity, driven by technological change, foreign pressures and over- reaction to terrorist threats.

Secret Power, New Zealand’s role in the international spy network

Secret Power – Nicky Hager – cover“The most detailed and up-to-date account of the work of any signals intelligence agency in existence… a masterpiece of investigative reporting.” The book contains the first detailed account of the world-wide electronic surveillance system called Echelon, which is used to spy on international communications including e-mails and phone calls. These revelations have been repeated in hundreds of articles, documentaries and movies, and prompted for a year-long European parliament inquiry. The book gives an inside look at New Zealand’s largest intelligence agency and its part in a US-British-Canadian-Australia-New Zealand intelligence alliance, information that helps us understand the workings of all five allied agencies.