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Internet 'tax' may fund new spy laws

Matthew Knott Phone and internet customers could face a ''surveillance tax'' of up to $100 a year if the federal government implements a scheme requiring companies to store customer data for two years, the...

ASIO set to watch Aussies abroad

Director-General of Security, David Irvine and Attorney-General Senator George Brandis.

The nation's domestic security organisation is to be given expanded powers to monitor Australians overseas, especially those fighting with extremist groups in Syria and Iraq.

ASIO looking to get smart people into the spy game

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Steve Lillebuen Psssst! Can you keep a secret?

ASIO chief David Irvine forced to testify in Sydney court

David Irvine.

Louise Hall, Daniel Flitton An Afghan man has successfully forced ASIO chief David Irvine to testify in a Sydney court in a bid to overturn a secret security assessment linking him to people smuggling.

Cyber attacks on federal police, RAAF, ASIO

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Natalie O'brien A cyber attack that brought down the Australian Federal Police website late last year was part of a wider series of attacks on the organisation by a group suspected of also taking aim at the Royal...

ASIO acts on 'jihadi' group

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Natalie O'Brien Australia's domestic spy agency ASIO has suddenly cancelled the passports of 20 men from across western Sydney, accusing them of being prepared to ''engage in politically motivated violence'' if they...

David Stratton oblivious he's been cast as a spy: ASIO's vault shows its odd choice of surveillance targets

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Rick Feneley A young and suave David Stratton visits the Soviet embassy in Canberra. Little does he know, but the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation is watching and records the occasion with this...

Film buff David Stratton's starring role on ASIO spy cam

Persons Of Interest ASIO Surveillance - David STRATTON 
Director of the Sydney Film Festival David Stratton outside the Soviet Embassy in Canberra 1969. By the mid 1950s ASIO became concerned that culture itself could be a front for communism.  The Sydney and Melbourne Film Festivals screened Soviet films and therefore became targets for ASIO
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Rick Feneley A young David Stratton visits the Soviet embassy in Canberra, blissfully unaware that Australia's spy service is watching and snapping a photo.

ASIO files: That looks suspicious, doesn't it?

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Rick Feneley The plot to murder a federal minister at a Sydney television studio is one of the nation's great untold stories. It went like this.

ASIO methods used to assess threat of would-be police officer criticised

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Markus Mannheim, Michael Inman Australian spies illegally coerced a man into speaking with them and failed to inform him of his rights, a tribunal says.

ASIO spying on Syria fund-raisers amid terrorism funding fears

Natalie O'Brien Australia's intelligence agencies have been monitoring phone calls, freezing bank accounts and making covert home visits to warn people donating money to Syrian war victims that they suspect the...

George Brandis vows not to read documents ASIO seized

Tom Allard, National Affairs Editor Attorney-General George Brandis has given an extraordinary undertaking not to read highly sensitive documents seized by ASIO agents in a raid on East Timor's lawyer last year.

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East Timor calls on The Hague to condemn ASIO raids

Timor-Leste's Foreign Affairs minister Jose Luis Gutierrez (right) speaks with Australian lawyer Bernard Collaery at the International Court of Justice in The Hague.

Tom Allard East Timor has called on the International Court of Justice to deliver a "clear, firm and severe" condemnation of Australia for using ASIO agents to raid the office of its Canberra-based lawyer.

ASIO raids: Australia accuses East Timor of 'frankly, offensive' remarks

Australia's lawyers John Reid (left) and Justin Gleeson at The Hague.

Tom Allard Australia tells the Hague that East Timor's 'inflammatory' submissions to the court have 'impugned the integrity of the attorney-general of Australia'.

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Post sheds light on ASIO terror targets

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Philip Dorling Statistics released by Australia Post show agency concentrating efforts on very small number of targets.

ASIO turns its spies onto high-tech espionage

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David Wroe Australia's top spy flags shift in focus for national security agency, with more resources for high-tech espionage after a decade of concentrating on terrorism.

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ASIO power faces challenge

Daniel Flitton ASIO has branded Tamil refugee Ranjini a direct threat to Australian security, the High Court hears.

ASIO chief comes out of shadows for 'masterclass'

David Irvine, Director-General of Security with the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO) addresses the Security in Government Conference in Canberra on Tuesday 4 September 2012. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

Daniel Flitton David Irvine will be the star attraction at a $375 a head private class on cyber security.

Russian embassy set up to intercept secrets: ASIO

Ivan Stenin (right) Geronty Lazovik

Philip Dorling Russia used its embassy in Canberra to intercept Australian intelligence and political communications, targeting the capital's main telecommunications tower, the Defence Department, Australian...

ASIO still waiting to move into new headquarters in Canberra

ASIO's new building.

Australia's top spy agency ASIO still cannot be certain when it will move into its imposing new headquarters.