WhaleTech: Who is surprised at this, really?

via Boing Boing

via Boing Boing

Turns out the spies are hard wired into your email, Skype and other conversations.  All to keep the world safe from the nasty people, of course.

A leaked NSA slide-deck claims that NSA has “direct access” to servers at Google, Apple, Facebook, Skype, Yahoo, and many others.

The Guardian and The Washington Post have both been leaked a 41-slide NSA presentation on a program called PRISM, which — according to the slides — gives the spy agency (part of the US military) “direct access” to the servers of the biggest Internet companies in America, including Google, Facebook, Apple, Microsoft, AOL, Yahoo and Skype. The papers have released three slides (reproduced above). The presentation dates from April 2013, and is marked “top secret with no distribution to foreign allies” and is claimed to be part of training material for new spies.

The papers go on to describe some of the other parts of the presentation, including a claim of “strong growth” in the spy agency’s access to the companies’ servers in 2012: up 248% for Skype, 131% for Facebook and 63% for Google. They also describe slides that walk through parts of the presentation that detail the changes in American surveillance law that makes this allegedly legal — a shift in the standard for surveillance from “confirmations that both the sender and receiver of a communication were outside the US” to “anyone ‘reasonably believed’ to be outside the USA.” This is celebrated by the authors of the presentation, who describe this as America’s “home-field advantage.”

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Are you surprised?

Does this knowledge change your thinking?  Are you going to change what you do on your computers, tablets and phones?

Do you think our GCSB is tapped into the same resources?


Source:  Boing Boing

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