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August 7, 2013
DOJ probing claims U.S. drug agency 'collaborated' with NSA on intelligence
A Reuters report claimed not long after the discovery of XKeyscore that a U.S. drug agency, outside the traditional federal intelligence arena, was being given access to NSA-gathered data for the purposes of law enforcement.
The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) was understood to be able to access vast amounts of data from telco giant AT&T. DEA agents were taught to "recreate" the origin of intelligence as to not blow the lid on the massive intelligence gathering operation by the NSA and its global partners.
The Justice Dept., which oversees the DEA, said it was "looking into" the matter.
- Read more: DOJ probing claims U.S. drug agency 'collaborated' with NSA on intelligence (ZDNet)
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August 9, 2013
Snowden's email provider Lavabit shuts down under U.S. government pressure
Edward Snowden's email provider shut down, citing ongoing pressure from the U.S. government. Little was known why the shadowy service shut down, except for a short note on its website. Snowden used the service that allowed the whistleblower to communicate with others outside of work, and with journalists investigating the NSA's reach.
The note from Lavabit founder Ladar Levison published on its website said he decided to suspend operations but said he could only wish he was able to "legally share with you the events that led to my decision."
- Read more: Snowden's privacy-oriented email provider shuts down under U.S. government pressure (ZDNet)
August 12, 2013
NSA hunger demands 29 petabytes of data a day
New documents released by the NSA -- in efforts to appease some of the concerns over its mass surveillance operations, claimed the agency is looking at 0.00004 percent of the world's total Internet traffic. This translates roughly into 29 million gigabytes (29 petabytes) per day, which only 0.025 percent is inspected by authorities.
But some number crunches said that with peer-to-peer discounted and other content not considered for inspection, such as television content downloading, the total inspection would account for about half the communications on the Internet.
The agency also said: "Every search into the [business record] FISA database is auditable, and all three branches of our government exercise oversight over NSA's use of this authority."
- Read more: NSA hunger demands 29 petabytes of data a day (ZDNet)
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