U.S. NSA secretly infiltrated Yahoo, Google data centers worldwide, Snowden documents say

“The National Security Agency has secretly broken into the main communications links that connect Yahoo and Google data centers around the world, according to documents obtained from former NSA contractor Edward Snowden and interviews with knowledgeable officials,” Barton Gellman and Ashkan Soltani report for The Washington Post.

“By tapping those links, the agency has positioned itself to collect at will from among hundreds of millions of user accounts, many of them belonging to Americans,” Gellman and Soltani report. “The NSA does not keep everything it collects, but it keeps a lot.”

“According to a top secret accounting dated Jan. 9, 2013, NSA’s acquisitions directorate sends millions of records every day from Yahoo and Google internal networks to data warehouses at the agency’s Fort Meade headquarters,” Gellman and Soltani report. “In the preceding 30 days, the report said, field collectors had processed and sent back 181,280,466 new records — ranging from ‘metadata,’ which would indicate who sent or received e-mails and when, to content such as text, audio and video.”

“The infiltration is especially striking because the NSA, under a separate program known as PRISM, has front-door access to Google and Yahoo user accounts through a court-approved process,” Gellman and Soltani report. “The MUSCULAR project appears to be an unusually aggressive use of NSA tradecraft against flagship American companies. The agency is built for high-tech spying, with a wide range of digital tools, but it has not been known to use them routinely against U.S. companies.”

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MacDailyNews Take: United States Constitution, Amendment IV:

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety. – Benjamin Franklin, Historical Review of Pennsylvania, 1759

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42 Comments

      1. Yeah … but don’t forget that the warning of danger was when the canaries keeled over dead.

        With apologies to Monty Python –

        It’s not pining, it’s passed on. This canary is no more! It has ceased to be. It’s expired and gone to meet its maker. This is a late canary. It’s a stiff. Bereft of life, it rests in peace. If you hadn’t nailed it to the perch it would be pushing up the daisies. Its rung down the curtain and joined the choir invisible. This is an ex-canary.

        So … look out for a spate of dead crazy bunker guys

  1. And where is the NRA and gun advocates now regarding protection of constitutional rights? By the way boys and girls of the NRA, the government didn’t need you to register your cache of arms as they know you have them already. Oh, and about defending yourself when they come to get your guns, one well placed missile from a drone will negate their need to deal with you. Be paranoid as you truly are being watched.

    1. Where are the NRA and gun advocates? Right in the front lines. Apparently you haven’t been paying attention.

      Sorry, about 75% of my guns are unknown to the government. Purchased way before any registration or background checks, or legally avoiding them through legal face-to-face, in-state private transfers.

      The success of the 2nd Amendment doesn’t depend on the citizens defeating a standing government military. It depends on despotism being so messy politically and practically, because of an armed citizenry, that it’s not thinkable (yet). The largest army in America, by far, takes the field every Fall. It’s known as “deer season”.

  2. What! It is against the law period. I do not want a “full congressional investigation”. I want it stopped now. This group of clowns in DC have crippled the names and honor of many American companies now to the point that people here and overseas would rather avoid using American products and services because they fear what is now documented American government hacking and intrusion into their personal and professional lives. When the President says that America will put a stop to looking at other leaders in other countries and sees no problem violating the Constitution by boldly searching any and all general American citizens personal “papers and effects”, there is a problem in the homeland.

    Do you investigate an on going crime or put a stop to it? If a police officer came upon a rape of a woman, should they start an investigation or stop the attack? We are way past the point of investigating if there is a crime going on now and the government isn’t even denying it is happening. Stop the criminal act and “investigate” it later with some prison time please!

          1. botvinnik = troll … I love that!

            Sometimes electro you really annoy me with your profound dislike of conversational talk, so, I find this funny -The term “profane” originates from classical Latin “profanus” –

            “Haha, he said anus” …

            Yes, thank you Nelson.

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