Google, Yahoo Data Centers May Have Been Infiltrated By The NSA
According to the Washington Post, former NSA contractor Edward Snowden has provided documents supporting this claim. The Post also interviewed "knowledgeable officials" on the matter.
In short, the NSA may have breached the main communications links that connect Google's global data centers. Yahoo has reportedly experienced a similar breach.
In doing so, the agency could take a "retrospective look at target activity," as noted in an internal document.
This is the sort of thing that Snowden warned about several months ago when he first revealed the details of the NSA's top-secret activity.
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"Even if you're not doing anything wrong, you're being watched and recorded," Snowden told The Guardian last June. "The storage capability of these systems increases every year consistently by orders of magnitude, to where it's getting to the point -- you don't have to have done anything wrong, you simply have to eventually fall under suspicion from somebody, even by a wrong call.
"And then they can use the system to go back in time and scrutinize every decision you've ever made -- every friend you've ever discussed something with -- and attack you on that basis to sort of derive suspicion from an innocent life and paint anyone in the context of a wrongdoer."
In an effort to prevent future security breaches from the NSA or any other government organization, Google has said that it is racing to encrypt the links between its data centers.
The NSA was not alone in breaching Google and Yahoo data centers. MUSCULAR, the name of the tool that was used to exploit the data links, is operated by both the NSA and the United Kingdom's GCHQ (Government Communication Headquarters).
Disclosure: At the time of this writing, Louis Bedigian had no position in the equities mentioned in this report.
Louis Bedigian is the Senior Tech Analyst and Features Writer of Benzinga. You can reach him at louis(at)benzingapro(dot)com. Follow him @LouisBedigianBZ
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