News: After Verizon, NSA & FBI Dig Into Personal Google, Facebook, Skype & More Records
Friday, Jun 7, 2013 8:49AM
The National Security Agency (NSA) continues to work up scares across the United States as a day after making headlines for going through millions of Verizon phone records it's now digging into social media outlets.
According to the latest reports, NSA is collecting information from a ton of popular servers.
The National Security Agency and the FBI are tapping directly into the central servers of nine leading U.S. Internet companies, extracting audio and video chats, photographs, e-mails, documents, and connection logs that enable analysts to track foreign targets, according to a top-secret document obtained by The Washington Post. The program, code-named PRISM, has not been made public until now. It may be the first of its kind. The NSA prides itself on stealing secrets and breaking codes, and it is accustomed to corporate partnerships that help it divert data traffic or sidestep barriers. But there has never been a Google or Facebook before, and it is unlikely that there are richer troves of valuable intelligence than the ones in Silicon Valley. Equally unusual is the way the NSA extracts what it wants, according to the document: "Collection directly from the servers of these U.S. Service Providers: Microsoft, Yahoo, Google, Facebook, PalTalk, AOL, Skype, YouTube, Apple." (Washington Post)
Yesterday, Cash Money Records rapper Busta Rhymes flipped out over the news of Verizon phone records being compromised.
"F*ckin crazy! RT @DJGREENLANTERN: Wow.. News reporting Verizon ordered to give National Security (cont) http://tl.gd/m01a0e," Busta tweeted June 6th. (Busta Rhymes' Twitter)
New York's DJ Green Lantern had a much more in-depth reaction to the global situation.
"Wow.. News reporting Verizon ordered to give National Security Agency all UR phone records .. National security?"
"Who u think ultimately has to give the order for that .. gotta be somebody else , not the homie . Right ?"
"In the words of PE.. "Can't Trust It""
"Really fam ? It's cool tho, he had to.. right ? (read the small print too ) .. http://instagram.com/p/aN5v-UQ3JB/ " (DJ Green Lantern's Twitter)
Reports of the widespread order surfaced across the Internet early Thursday.
The US National Security Agency (NSA) is collecting the telephone records of tens of millions of Americans, according to the Guardian newspaper. Senior US Senator Dianne Feinstein has confirmed the secret court order was a three-month renewal of an ongoing practice. On Wednesday, the newspaper published the secret order directing the Verizon company to hand over telephone data Civil liberties groups said the details of the report were "stunning". Without confirming the Guardian report, the White House has broadly defended seizures of such information as a "critical tool in protecting the nation from terrorist threats". (BBC News)
Despite the perceived invasion of privacy issues, President Barack Obama's administration has stood behind its order.
The Obama administration is defending the government's secret seizure of millions of domestic telephone records from Verizon, saying the data collection program "has been a critical tool in protecting the nation from terrorist threats to the United States." A senior administration official released a statement Thursday after the British newspaper The Guardian first reported the secret operation. The paper posted on its website a classified court order that requires the telecommunications company to turn over daily records with the length, location and time of individual phone calls, as well as phone numbers. (Los Angeles Times)