How did America miss this?
Yes, the media nonchalantly reported that Yahoo got hacked and millions of accounts were vulnerable but what they did beyond that is reprehensible. The American people want privacy. They want to be able to know what they have in their emails is between them and only them.
To learn that Yahoo built some software to help spy on users for the government will make a lot of users livid. Yahoo did this under the scope of secrecy, and everyone needs to share this story immediately. Everyone needs to know that Yahoo is not only playing for the other side, but they are also untrustworthy with your private correspondence.
Yahoo Inc last year secretly built a custom software program to search all of its customers’ incoming emails for specific information provided by U.S. intelligence officials, according to people familiar with the matter.
The company complied with a classified U.S. government demand, scanning hundreds of millions of Yahoo Mail accounts at the behest of the National Security Agency or FBI, said three former employees and a fourth person apprised of the events.
Some surveillance experts said this represents the first case to surface of a U.S. Internet company agreeing to an intelligence agency’s request by searching all arriving messages, as opposed to examining stored messages or scanning a small number of accounts in real time.
It is not known what information intelligence officials were looking for, only that they wanted Yahoo to search for a set of characters. That could mean a phrase in an email or an attachment, said the sources, who did not want to be identified.
Reuters was unable to determine what data Yahoo may have handed over, if any, and if intelligence officials had approached other email providers besides Yahoo with this kind of request.
According to two of the former employees, Yahoo Chief Executive Marissa Mayer’s decision to obey the directive roiled some senior executives and led to the June 2015 departure of Chief Information Security Officer Alex Stamos, who now holds the top security job at Facebook Inc.
“Yahoo is a law abiding company, and complies with the laws of the United States,” the company said in a brief statement in response to Reuters questions about the demand. Yahoo declined any further comment.
Through a Facebook spokesman, Stamos declined a request for an interview.
To the people who feel this is OK, because you think you have nothing to hide…. Pull your heads out of the sand, stop and THINK !!! I’m no paranoid conspiracy theorist, but we are steadily creeping toward the type of society that George Orwell envisioned in his novel “1984.”
Indeed, some would argue we are already there. Do you want to live in a world where governments can monitor your EVERY thought and action?
There is NO guarantee this type of surveillance will stop at suspected terrorism, especially considering that more subtle forms (looking at you Facebook, amongst others) of surveillance already take the shape of data mining and market research.
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