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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > Yahoo Monitored Your Emails for the US Government

Yahoo Monitored Your Emails for the US Government

Yahoo Monitored Your Emails for the US Government

Added: Wednesday, October 5th, 2016
Category: About Torrents > Staying Safe And Secure
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Back in 2015, Yahoo reportedly secretly created a custom software program to search everyone’s incoming emails for specific data provided by US intelligence officials. According to the reports, Yahoo complied with a classified US government directive and scanned millions of Yahoo Mail accounts for the NSA or FBI.


Apparently, this is the first known case of a US tech firm agreeing to a spy agency’s demand by searching all letters, instead of examining stored letters or scanning a small number of accounts. So far, the sources haven’t revealed what exact information intelligence officials were looking for. The only thing is known that they wanted the tech giant to search for a set of characters – maybe a phrase in an email or an attachment. It is also unknown what data the company may have handed over, if any, and whether other email providers have also been approached.

According to reports, the Yahoo CEO’s decision to obey the directive troubled some senior executives and forced the chief information security officer to leave. The latter now holds the top security job at Facebook. As for Yahoo itself, the company just announced that it complied with the laws of the United States and declined any further comment.

At the same time, the language used to describe the program may provide an insight into the law the government was operating under: some signs point to section 702 of the 2008 Fisa Amendments Act, which enables the government to target non-residents abroad for surveillance. Moreover, Snowden’s revelations about similar Prism and Upstream programs showed that American citizens were also subject to mass surveillance.

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Date:  Wednesday, October 5th, 2016

Comments (17) (please add your comment »)

posted by ET lovermenTurtle (2016-10-05 17:33:59)
English_Teacher avatarOops (removed the swear after being warned ), the US government has seen all the spam I was sent. I feel ashamed, it least they could have checked my hotmail, which has 1000's of purely genuine emails. ah, I just remembered that some African queen is sending me her money, I better send her the cash advance to unlock her late father's fortune before some of you do

posted by Trusted UploadermenTurtle (2016-10-05 17:44:26)
XpoZ avatarha ha.. What about gmail than :}

posted by (2016-10-05 21:44:33)
NastyTonberry avatarOf course they did, i mean, who doesn't these days. ....."Meanwhile back at the ranch" (cue happy go jolly music here) Google, Microsoft Corp., Twitter and Facebook 'denied' scanning incoming user emails on behalf of the U.S. criminal government, following a report that Yahoo had built such a system!!! Move along folks nothing to see here, and go back to bed America, the government found what it was looking for, go back to bed America the government IS NOT spying on you. nudge nudge wink wink

posted by Trusted Uploader (2016-10-05 22:17:09)
MarcusDelectus avatarCheck out proton mail it's free encrypted and all the servers are located in Switzerland, no us buggery

posted by (2016-10-06 05:25:44)
TheAntiNormalist avatarThe more interesting part of this article is the fact that the spying may have actually been on non U.S. peoples. A government spying on its own people is one thing but using this tech to exclusively spy on other countries without being at war is another thing entirely. My takeaway from this is that clearly the American government does believe they are the centre of the entire universe!!

posted by (2016-10-06 06:53:00)
eyemanozzy avatarthe good old usa government has so many hands in so many pies it may as well be one of those indian gods with 100 arms hanging of it's head !

posted by (2016-10-06 11:11:17)
edddy avatarWednesday 19 June 2013, US president is confident intelligence services have 'struck appropriate balance', he tells journalists in Berlin has sought to address European concerns over internet privacy in the wake of the National Security Agency surveillance scandal, insisting US authorities are not "rifling through the emails" of ordinary people and he is confident the US intelligence services have "struck the appropriate balance" between security and civil rights. I lost all my respect for that man, as for Yahoo F--- You.

posted by (2016-10-06 17:26:09)
Ext avatarfu yahoo

posted by Turtle (2016-10-06 18:07:31)
BaBaDapper avatarAll those emails about little twinkles and viagra had secret codes within them.
Did they check them all out? OOPS!

posted by (2016-10-06 22:06:47)
Waeddryn avatarIt's really surprising just how dimwitted and oblivious people are when it comes to their own government spying on them through various means. It's like every time news of this nature pops up, people are shocked somehow. Here's a little something to give a bit of perspective on the situation;

In North America virtually all of us, more or less, are familiar or at the very least aware of Google Maps. While the typical view is of an actual map-like display, there is also the option to view basically anywhere in the world via Google Earth, which is comprised of interconnected satellite images producing a complete environment. Zooming in reveals more and more details of a specific area. The detail we can see is varied, and in general more rural areas are less defined and well detailed than larger urban areas. As a perfect example, I can view Times Square in New York, zooming in to a precise enough image as to be able to pick out INDIVIDUAL VEHICLES. The imagine I'm seeing right now allows me to correctly identify 4 police vehicles, 2 Fire & Rescue SUVs, about a half dozen windowless delivery vans....

I'm not paying for this service beyond my internet connection, and I can view it without being logged in to Google, completely anonymously if I chose to switch on a VPN. Basically, anyone anywhere can see exactly what I see right now, with no difficulty and no technical skill required...

The company Google uses for this particular feature of theirs is one that they purchased from the CIA....which is where the proverbial "lightbulb" should pop on in peoples heads. If the CIA sold this company to Google, it's only natural to assume that meant the service they provided was completely and totally obsolete, to the point where it didn't matter at all to the CIA that it became available to the public. To summarize, the CIA at this point has access to satellite images that make the best Google Earth has to offer look like the crayon scribbles of a 3rd grade remedial student....

posted by Trusted UploaderSite FriendET loverSupermanKitty (2016-10-06 23:48:47)
SirSeedsAlot avatarThis news is sooooo 2010. It's what you don't know about what should worry you.

posted by Trusted UploaderSite FriendET loverSupermanmen (2016-10-07 04:40:51)
analogkid6103 avatarNo one wonders why there are Soooooo many things in orbit I mean who dont want real time images to anywhere on the planet since the 50's.
And the view only gets better as the tech improves and the imagery get's sharper and with different filters.

posted by (2016-10-07 07:12:34)
No avatarWonder if it will have an effect on them merging with Verizon in the future. More scandals, etc.

posted by (2016-10-08 04:08:39)
lalhlunpac avatarI'm really sick and tired of the US govt.spying on everyone. There is no privacy at all. This is an abomination.

posted by Trusted Uploader (2016-10-08 04:10:12)
Dascubadude avatarWell that was my oldest active account mostly spam a few friends and family but have been hassled for using a vpn whilst visiting their site.

posted by (2016-10-08 07:13:42)
No avatarGonna start sending letters in the mail again. All these emails go through to many servers with company trolls/NSA spies, etc.

posted by (2016-10-11 07:13:02)
Rosalie avatarNot my emails, as I use the same server as Hillery Clinton did,....and she says it's unhackable.
Only problem so far is that I lost 30,000 emails, but none were hacked.

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