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October 28, 2013
Japan reportedly rejected NSA requests to tap fiber in 2011
In efforts to expand the U.S. government's surveillance program to the Asian states, particularly with China set in its sights, the U.S. made efforts to ask Japan if it would allow the tapping of undersea fiber cables. But Japan refused, according to sources speaking to Japanese media.
The report said legislation preventing the intercepting of communications in the country forced the Japanese government to refuse the request -- even if it meant missing out on collecting the communications of suspected terrorists.
- Read more: Japan reportedly rejected NSA requests to tap fiber in 2011 (ZDNet/AAP)
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Source: The Japan Times
October 30, 2013
NSA accused of tapping links between Yahoo, Google datacenters
The next big leak from the Snowden files was the revealing of a new NSA project, codenamed MUSCULAR, which suggests the U.S. spy agency was tapping into the links between Google and Yahoo datacenters worldwide, including Americans' data.
The U.S. also works with its British counterparts at GCHQ to intercept cables that span across the Atlantic.
Data, which is sapped from the private optical cables between the technology giants' datacenters, is siphoned off and sent back to the agency's Fort Meade headquarters. In the preceding 30 days, the agency collected 181 million new records alone, including metadata -- such as traffic records and details relating to customer data -- as well as the contents of communications.
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Source: The Washington Post
October 31, 2013
NSA hid spy equipment at embassies, consulates
Another revelation that focuses more on the diplomatic side of snooping than the wider civilian population, new documents show the NSA hid surveillance equipment at its embassies and consulates abroad.
The NSA's Special Collection Service dubbed the program STATEROOM, which allows the agency to monitor microwave, Wi-Fi, WiMAX, GSM, CDMA, and satellite signals in over 80 worldwide. The spy equipment is located at the U.S., the U.K., Canadian and Australian embassies and consulates in various major cities.
In some cases, the buildings are modified to conceal such rooftop equipment. "For example, antennas are sometimes hidden in false architectural features or roof maintenance sheds," the documents state.
- Read more: NSA hid spy equipment at embassies, consulates (ZDNet/AAP)
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Source: Der Spiegel