NSA Data Scandal Spreads With Google And Yahoo Targeted

New documents discovered by the The Washington Post via whistle blower Edward Snowden show that the National Security Agency (NSA), a part of the United States defence department that collates and collects intelligence from around the world, broke into both Google and Yahoo’s communications centres all over the planet and mined data without the knowledge or permission of the companies concerned.

 

By Mike Wheeler

 

New documents discovered by the The Washington Post via whistle blower Edward Snowden show that the National Security Agency (NSA), a part of the United States defence department that collates and collects intelligence from around the world, broke into both Google and Yahoo’s communications centres all over the planet and mined data without the knowledge or permission of the companies concerned.

 

The NSA is already under fire for hacking into Germany Chancellor Angela Merkel’s mobile phone, which is accused of doing over the past 10 years.  Head of the NSA, General Keith Alexander, denies infiltrating tens of millions of phone records from European users and says the information is “completely false”, while in the same breath stating that he would take the public beating rather than give up surveillance programs that he believes keep America safe.

 

However, this latest release takes things to a different level in that under current law it is alleged that mining data from search engines such as Google is currently illegal in the United States.

 

Information obtained by the Washington Post allege that in one 30 day period more than 180 million records were infiltrated, which contained metadata, video, audio and text files.

 

The records were obtained under the MUSCULAR program, which doesn’t need a court order to grab information, but can take it without the companies that collect the data having to be told what is happening.

 

Google are not happy about the information that has come to light and the NSA has yet to comment. However, this bombshell will only exacerbate the pressure that is being put on Alexander as he appears at the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence in Washington, which is looking into the spying allegations against allies in Europe.

 

There has been no indication yet that data was mined from Google or Yahoo centres in Australia.

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