The Media is going wild with the current revelation regarding NSA spying claims and link with Western World Governments! – Round up of it all below.
NSA telephone, Internet spying data shared with British Intelligence
Data covertly collected by the US National Security Agency (NSA) from American telecom and Internet firms has been shared with its British counterpart, media reports revealed.
Britain’s Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) has been given information gathered in the US-run PRISM system, which grants the American spy agency a direct line to data stored on the servers of Google, Facebook, Apple, Yahoo and five other tech giants.
Documents obtained by the Guardian revealed that the GCHQ has had access to PRISM since at least June 2010, having generated 197 intelligence reports from it last year. Access to the information has allowed the British electronic eavesdropping and security agency to bypass the formal legal process required to obtain such information from a non-UK-based company.
Throughout PRISM’s seven-year existence, operatives at the NSA and FBI have collected email, video and voice chat, videos, photos, voice-over-IP (Skype) chats, file transfers and social networking details, with the ostensible purpose of thwarting terror attacks.
In a statement to the Guardian, the GCHQ insisted it “takes its obligations under the law very seriously.” Apple, Google, Yahoo, Microsoft and Facebook have all publically disavowed knowledge of PRISM or any cooperation with the program.
The GCHQ was further provided access to so-called “telephony metadata” culled from the telephone records of millions of US customers of Verizon – one of the largest telecommunication companies in the United States – current and former US intelligence officials familiar with the operation told the Daily Beast.
Intelligence sources revealed that in a few cases, the NSA had shared unedited analysis of the metadata with the GCHQ. However, British nationals were reportedly not allowed to sit at the physical terminals where NSA analysts mined metadata.
“My understanding is if the British had a phone number, we might run the number through the database for them and provide them with the results,” said one former senior US intelligence official with knowledge of the program.
Assange on PRISM: US justice system in ‘calamitous’ collapse
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has slammed a recently exposed NSA mass-surveillance scheme as a “calamitous collapse in the rule of law.” Google, Facebook and other tech giants apparently involved have denied giving the NSA access to their servers.
Assange accused the US government of trying to “launder” its activities concerning the large-scale spying program PRISM. The system was made public after a leaked classified National Security Agency (NSA) document was revealed earlier this week.
“The US administration has the phone records of everyone in the United States and is receiving them daily from carriers to the National Security Agency under secret agreements. That’s what’s come out,” he said.
President Barack Obama earlier defended PRISM, saying it was a key part of the country’s counterterrorism efforts and that privacy was a necessary sacrifice for the sake of security. He also lashed out at the media, and those who leaked information on the massive spying program.
Report states tech giants worked with government surveillance program, companies deny role in PRISM
The New York Times reports that the Internet giants involved in the secret PRISM surveillance program agreed to cooperate with the government. The same companies have issued denials which some argue are actually cleverly worded attempts to obscure their involvement.
All of this comes in response to the reports exposing the NSA’s massive surveillance program known as PRISM which gives them access to the servers of some of the largest Internet companies which was quickly defended by Obama. The information about PRISM was released shortly after it was revealed that Verizon was secretly ordered to hand over all the records of U.S. phone calls in their system.
Now the New York Times reports that in some cases the companies actually changed their computer systems to make it more efficient and secure for the government to conduct surveillance.
These changes were made after a series of secret negotiations that “illustrate how intricately the government and tech companies work together, and the depth of their behind-the-scenes transactions.”
GCHQ ‘has been accessing intelligence through internet firms’
The Guardian newspaper claimed that it had obtained documents that show that GCHQ, based in Cheltenham, has had access to the system since at least June 2010, and generated 197 intelligence reports from it last year.
Intelligence reports from GCHQ are normally shared with Britain’s security services MI5 and MI6.
The newspaper said that US-run programme, called Prism, allowed GCHQ to circumvent the formal legal process required to seek personal material such as emails, photos and videos from an internet company based outside the UK.
The details of GCHQ’s use of Prism were set out in documents prepared for senior analysts working at America’s National Security Agency, the biggest eavesdropping organisation in the world
The papers described how the NSA and the FBI were able to get easy access to the systems of nine of the world’s biggest internet companies.
The group includes Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Apple, Yahoo and Skype, many of which are used daily by millions of Britons to send private messages.
Anonymous Just Leaked a Trove of NSA Documents
In the wake of last night’s revelation that everyone in the world has a creepy NSA-shaped stalker, defenders of online liberty and generally angry internet people Anonymous have leaked a treasure trove of NSA documents, including seriously important stuff like the US Department of Defense’s ‘Strategic Vision’ for controlling the internet.
The documents — 13 in total — were posted online, along with an accompanying message full of the normal Anonymous bluster: people won’t be silenced, they have the memory of trivia-master elephants, the governments of the world will fall, your average press release really.
The documents seem to mostly relate to PRISM and supporting operations, and mostly date from around 2008, supposedly not long after PRISM first reared its ugly head. One of the key things Anonymous has highlighted from the documents is the existence of an “intelligence-sharing network” that shares data gleaned from PRISM with “intelligence partners” around the world. Although we’re still in the process of combing through the documents, you can bet your last Bitcoin that ‘intelligence’ has been shared with British security services.
Hit up the documents for further details; just be warned that although this might look like the plot of a B-list movie starring Aston Kutcher, the docs themselves are incredibly dry and full of more acronyms than whatever presentation you should be working on.
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