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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
June 11, 2013
Google says it wants to disclose FISA requests
In efforts to show it has "nothing to hide" amid the PRISM disclosures by Snowden, Google wrote an open letter to U.S. attorney general Eric Holder to disclose how many secret government orders it receives. It follows an earlier statement by Google chief executive Larry Page stating that the Internet giant had not heard of PRISM until The Guardian first disclosed it in early June.
- Read more: Google says it wants to disclose FISA requests (CBS News)
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June 13, 2013
NSA whistleblower: U.S has been hacking into China, Hong Kong
In the latest round of leaks, fugitive Snowden tells a Hong Kong newspaper that PRISM extends to China and Hong Kong. Citing unreleased documents, the U.S. government has been hacking into computers in the Asia region since 2009, notably those belonging to public officials, businesses, and students.
- Read more: NSA whistleblower: U.S has been hacking into China, Hong Kong (CNET)
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