October 30, 2013
SPYING: NSA Takes Huge Amounts of Data from Google and Yahoo: America’s spy agency has been tapping links between global data centers of the Internet giants. “The project involved, known as MUSCULAR, is operated jointly with the British intelligence agency known as GCHQ, and engages in copying data from an undisclosed interception point outside of the United States from fiber-optic cables that carry information between the companies’ data centers. Circumventing a court-approved process that allows intelligence agencies to make requests directly from companies, the NSA inhales data as it moves between data centers around the world. Data is shuttled around this as part of regular backup processes at the companies, and to enable you to quickly access your data from anywhere in the world. Google and Yahoo run their own private networks, often passing data between countries and making it vulnerable to NSA taps.”
Kinda funny, isn’t it, that the Brits are prosecuting Rupert Murdoch’s people for guessing voicemail passwords, while they’ve been hoovering up conversations by the billions all along?