/// How the NSA May Be Tapping Yahoo’s and Google’s Fiber Optic Cables

October 30, 2013  |  All Things Digital


While he didn’t “explode in profanity,” as some of his company’s engineers are said to have done, Google’s chief legal officer slapped the National Security Agency pretty hard in a statement just shared with AllThingsD in reaction to new revelations about the agency’s efforts to spy on its users. The Washington Post today reported , based on a set of newly leaked documents and slides from former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, that the NSA has been using the fiber optic cables between data centers operated by Google and Yahoo to collect email communications. The story said the NSA exploits its own back-door access to data links between data centers, under an intelligence collection program called MUSCULAR. Drummond said Google is “outraged.” “We have long been concerned about the possibility of this kind of snooping, which is why we have continued to extend encryption across more and more Google services and links, especially the links in the slide. We do not provide any government, including the U.S. government, with access to our systems. We are outraged at the lengths to which the government seems to have gone to intercept data from our private fiber networks, and it underscores the need for urgent reform.” The NSA issued its own statement , denying the Post’s reporting. “NSA has multiple authorities that it uses to accomplish its mission, which is centered on defending the nation. The Washington Post’s assertion that we use Executive Order 12333 collection to get around the limitations imposed by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act and FAA 702 is not true. The assertion that we collect vast quantities of U.S. persons’ data from this type of collection is also not true. NSA applies attorney general-approved processes to protect the privacy of U.S.

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