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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
November 4, 2013
Google's Eric Schmidt calls NSA's spying 'outrageous'
In an interview with The Wall Street Journal, Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt called the NSA's spying operation -- specifically the agency's ability to acquire data between its datacenters -- as "outrageous."
It follows earlier leaks that showed project MUSCULAR was able to tap into connections between Google and Yahoo's global datacenters. Schmidt also called the allegations that the intelligence agency may have acted illegally, by "collect[ing] the phone records of every phone call of 320 million people in order to identify roughly 300 people who might be a risk."
- Read more: Google's Eric Schmidt calls NSA's spying 'outrageous' (CNET)
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Source: The Wall Street Journal