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June 8, 2013
PRISM: Here's how the NSA wiretapped the Internet
A new slide released by The Washington Post said that NSA analysts "should use both" the newly-uncovered UPSTREAM program for data collection, as well as PRISM, indicating there are two methods of acquiring private user data.
The secret court order, authorized by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) allows the NSA to place a wiretap device on the core fiber optic cables that power the Internet, which effectively vacuumed up every bit and byte of data that flowed through telco's networks.
- Read more: PRISM: Here's how the NSA wiretapped the Internet (ZDNet)
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June 10, 2013
Guardian reveals identity of NSA whistleblower
Meet Edward Snowden, the former U.S. government contractor turned whistleblower, who willingly revealed his identity by working with The Guardian.
The then 29-year-old said he had "no intention of hiding" who he was because, I know I have done nothing wrong," he said, despite leaking secrets held close to the chest of the U.S. government. A former technical assistant for the CIA, Snowden also worked with defense contractor Booz Allen and computer giant Dell.
He will ultimately become one of the very few people in U.S. history charged with leaking government secrets under the Espionage Act.
- Read more: Guardian reveals identity of NSA whistleblower (ZDNet)
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Source: The Guardian
June 11, 2013
U.S. gov't collects 100 billion surveillance records a month
Meet the U.S. National Security Agency's global intelligence tracking tool, BOUNDLESS INFORMANT.
Users of the tool are able to select countries from a "heat map" to metadata and volume details, as well as different kinds of other information collected by the spy agency. Iran topped the surveillance list with over 14 billion data reports, with Pakistan coming in close second at 13.5 billion reports. Jordan, Egypt and India are also top priorities for the U.S. surveillance efforts, according to the leaked slides and screenshots.
- Read more: Boundless Informant: U.S. gov't collects 100 billion surveillance records a month (ZDNet)
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Source: The Guardian