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NSA collects millions of e-mail address books globally – The Washington Post

NSA collects millions of e-mail address books globally – The Washington Post.

The National Security Agency is harvesting hundreds of millions of contact lists from personal e-mail and instant messaging accounts around the world, many of them belonging to Americans, according to senior intelligence officials and top-secret documents provided by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.

The collection program, which has not been disclosed before, intercepts e-mail address books and “buddy lists” from instant messaging services as they move across global data links. Online services often transmit those contacts when a user logs on, composes a message, or synchronizes a computer or mobile device with information stored on remote servers.

Rather than targeting individual users, the NSA is gathering contact lists in large numbers that amount to a sizable fraction of the world’s e-mail and instant messaging accounts. Analysis of that data enables the agency to search for hidden connections and to map relationships within a much smaller universe of foreign intelligence targets.

During a single day last year, the NSA’s Special Source Operations branch collected 444,743 e-mail address books from Yahoo, 105,068 from Hotmail, 82,857 from Facebook, 33,697 from Gmail and 22,881 from unspecified other providers, according to an internal NSA PowerPoint presentation. Those figures, described as a typical daily intake in the document, correspond to a rate of more than 250 million a year….

 

Are Governments Getting Trigger-Happy with the Internet Kill Switch? | Motherboard

Are Governments Getting Trigger-Happy with the Internet Kill Switch? | Motherboard.

 

Microsoft and Google to sue over US surveillance requests | Law | The Guardian

Microsoft and Google to sue over US surveillance requests | Law | The Guardian.

 

Facebook Transparency Report Reveals Government Info Requests On Canadians

Facebook Transparency Report Reveals Government Info Requests On Canadians.

 

Google and the NSA: Who’s holding the ‘shit-bag’ now? | The Stringer

Google and the NSA: Who’s holding the ‘shit-bag’ now? | The Stringer.

 

Nasdaq crash triggers fear of data meltdown | Technology | The Guardian

Nasdaq crash triggers fear of data meltdown | Technology | The Guardian.

 

US politicians back Prism spying programme – Americas – Al Jazeera English

US politicians back Prism spying programme – Americas – Al Jazeera English.

 

Everything You Wanted to Know about Spying … But Were Afraid to Ask | Zero Hedge

Everything You Wanted to Know about Spying … But Were Afraid to Ask | Zero Hedge.

 

Let Freedom Reign This July 4th By Withdrawing All Assets From the Global Banking Slavery System | Zero Hedge

Let Freedom Reign This July 4th By Withdrawing All Assets From the Global Banking Slavery System | Zero Hedge.

 

The SINGLE Most Important Step to Protect Yourself from Government Spying | Zero Hedge

The SINGLE Most Important Step to Protect Yourself from Government Spying | Zero Hedge.

 

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