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NSA secretly taps into Google, Yahoo networks to collect information, say leaked documents

30
Oct
2013

The NSA intercepts millions of pieces of Google and Yahoo user information each day by tapping into the links between servers, The Washington Post reports. According to documents leaked by Edward Snowden, the agency secretly exploits the data links in Google and Yahoos global networks through a project called MUSCULAR, allegedly operated jointly with the GCHQ (which was accused earlier this year of snagging data from fiber optic cables). The government can already request information from phone or data through the FISA Amendments Act, but this data collection would ostensibly take place without Google and Yahoo even being aware of it. Google told the Post that it had not known about the collection and was troubled by allegations of the government intercepting traffic between our data centers. Sources close to Google reportedly exploded in profanity when shown the drawing above, saying I hope you publish this. At the time of the initial revelations about PRISMs internet-monitoring capabilities, one slide suggested direct data collection from servers.

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