Okay, Mr. Alexander, you’re right. The NSA may not be on Google or Yahoo’s servers. But they are on the fiber optic links between them.
Watch this Bloomberg Vid to see what I mean:
But the NSA director is speaking out of both sides of his mouth anyway, as he at first claims that Snowden’s latest revelations are untrue, but then turns around 5 seconds later and claims that although it was true the NSA has been rummaging through your email addresses, it was totally okay with Google AND Yahoo, because they were just following a court order.
This is a fallacious argument, since court orders have applied to phone calls, emails, etc. for decades. Obviously, something new is happening or other countries wouldn’t be so upset about this.
In the video below by CBS News, “backdoors” are being used by the NSA to get rooted into people’s computers. I’m assuming they’re talking about RATs (Remote Access Trojans). These back doors allow the hacker (or government-hired hackers) to spy on your system, use it to launch a zombie (by attacking other systems), or even start running malicious code altogether, which is not good if you’re, say, a journalist who spends a lot of time exposing the NSA spying scandal.
Citing documents obtained through Edward Snowden, the Washington Post reports:
… In the last 30 days, field collectors had processed and sent back more than 180 million new records – ranging from “metadata,” which would indicate who sent or received emails and when, to content such as text, audio and video, the Post reported Wednesday on its website.
This all comes around the same time that Congress is reconsidering the current power structure and collection practices, and that European leaders are totally pissed off at the United States for the whole “spying on you guys – and your constituents – for the past 11 years” thing.
Also, according to Reuters, the Justice Department has thrown it’s hat in the ring against United States Investigations Services (or USIS, for short) firm for even approving and vetting Snowden in the first place. This is probably because plugging leaks is more important to the U.S. Federal Government than actually investigating these egregious crimes against the Constitution and the American people. Gives you an idea of what their priorities are, huh?
Also one of the NSA’s top goals as of late has been the flamboyance and arrogance of the names they’ve been choosing for their projects. The latest one is named “Project MUSCULAR”. It seems to be teamed up with Britain’s counterpart to the NSA, the GCHQ. The Washington Post said they are both
“copying entire data flows across fiber-optic cables that carry information between the data centers of the Silicon Valley giants.”
White House officials and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, which oversees the NSA, declined to comment, the Post said.
A Yahoo spokeswoman told CBS News: “We have strict controls in place to protect the security of our data centers, and we have not given access to our data centers to the NSA or to any other government agency.”
In a statement to the Post, Google said it was “troubled by allegations of the government intercepting traffic between our data centers, and we are not aware of this activity.” Getting free access to Google’s data center traffic means the NSA has bypassed Google’s “gold standard” security, the Post said.
Not entirely a coincidence, the issue of hacking was actually brought up at the UN today. Pamela Falk was asked by CBS News about reports that in the past, the UN’s “videoconferencing system” (or “Skype”) was hacked, and the spokesperson for the UN Secretary General said the U.S. has “given assurances” that that was not happening (but he can’t speak for the past).
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