News The NSA in Fort Meade, Maryland. The Office of Tailored Operations, whose existence is rarely acknowledged by the NSA, hacks computers around the world – harvesting data, monitoring communications and even mounting its own cyber-attacks

TAO was established in 1997 to hack into global communications systems at a time when fewer than 2 per cent of the world’s population had access to the internet

Nato probes helicopter crash that killed 38

Nato tried to ascertain yesterday if Taliban insurgents shot down a helicopter in Afghanistan, killing 38 people in the largest loss of life for foreign troops in a single incident in 10 years of war.

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A fine line separates triumph and tragedy for the US Navy Seals.

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'Today' booms and Moyles slips in radio ratings

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Bin Laden's killers 'not instructed to capture'

The Navy Seal team that killed Osama bin Laden was never instructed to capture the al-Qa'ida leader, one of the special-operations officers involved in the mission has claimed, in the most comprehensive account yet published of the extraordinary assassination.

Bin laden's plan for 9/11 anniversary

Osama bin Laden was planning a major attack on the United States to coincide with the 10th anniversary this year of the 11 September atrocity. The planning even went as far as considering candidates for the attack, a report in The Wall Street Journal claims.

Officials: Bin Laden knew of 7/7 attacks in advance

Osama bin Laden had detailed advance knowledge of the 7 July bombings in London in 2005 and the failed attempt to blow up transatlantic passenger jets the following year, American security officials say.

Al-Qa'ida threatens cyber-jihad

Al-Qa'ida is pressing followers to mount a "cyber-jihad" against the West following Osama bin Laden's death, the Home Secretary, Theresa May, warned yesterday.

Warning of rise in cyber-terrorism

Al-Qa'ida has explicitly called for "cyber-jihad" and there have been a series of attempts by terrorists to "invade" Facebook, the Government's new counter-terrorism strategy said today.

CIA ran fake vaccination programme to capture Bin Laden family's DNA

The CIA set up a fake vaccination initiative in the months leading up to the killing of Osama bin Laden, in an attempt to obtain DNA samples from members of his family.

UK terror threat level reduced

The international terror threat level to the UK has been reduced from severe to substantial, Home Secretary Theresa May said today.

US suspends military aid to Pakistan

The US is suspending around $800m (£497m) in military assistance to Pakistan, a move that will further worsen the relationship between the two countries. In the latest salvo in the battle of words and deeds between the two supposed allies, William Daley, Barack Obama's Chief of Staff, said the relationship must be made "to work over time". Yet he told ABC television that until "we get through that difficulty, we'll hold back some of the money that the American taxpayers are committed to give".

Take out these al-Qa'ida leaders and terror group is finished, says Panetta

The United States is seeking to pick off up to 20 top commanders of al-Qa'ida and its affiliates around the world, hoping to cripple the organisation's ability to launch terrorist attacks against US interests.

Revealed: The CIA mastermind who cornered Bin Laden

He has never been photographed, and his surname is unknown. But 'John' led an extraordinary 10-year mission
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