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October 15, 2013
NSA, Australian intelligence agencies rifle through users' address books
New PRISM slides were released outlining the scope and scale of data collection of personal information. It was reported that the NSA is vacuuming up email and instant message address books that are sent around the Internet. The fresh leak shows U.S. and Australian intelligence agencies have targeted the address books belonging to users of Yahoo, Hotmail, Gmail, and Facebook. This data is stored across multiple government-owned databases.
It also came at a time when, amid earlier reports the intelligence agency takes in about 29 petabytes of data each day, the NSA has a "spam" issue.
- Read more: NSA, Australian intelligence agencies rifle through users' address books (ZDNet)
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Source: The Washington Post
October 17, 2013
NSA director Keith Alexander to stand down
Just four months after the surveillance scandal broke in June, the NSA announced its director Gen. Keith Alexander would leave the agency and his deputy John Inglis will retire. However, the agency was keep to stress that Alexander's departure had nothing to do with the recent media attention over allegations that the NSA was engaged in unlawfully spying on U.S. and foreign citizens.
- Read more: NSA director Keith Alexander to stand down (ZDNet)
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October 21, 2013
NSA reportedly spied on Mexican President's emails
Next in line to face the NSA's snooping powers is Mexico's president Felipe Calderon, whose email account was reportedly breached by the U.S. government.
The NSA's Tailored Access Operations (TAO) division was successful in compromising an email server within the Mexican presidential network. Cabinet members were also reportedly affected by the breach. The NSA said in the slides it now has access to "diplomatic, economic, and leadership communications.
- Read more: NSA reportedly spied on Mexican President's emails (ZDNet)
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Source: Der Spiegel