New Snowden leaks show the NSA captures Google data center traffic

Edward Snowden is back, says that Google and Yahoo datacenter traffic is intercepted by the NSA, GCHQ.

@anthony256
Published Thu, Oct 31 2013 1:31 AM CDT   |   Updated Tue, Nov 3 2020 12:20 PM CST

According to some documents supplied to the Washington Post by Edward Snowden, Google and Yahoo data centers across the world are intercepted directly by the NSA and GCHQ. The program is known as "Muscular" and can tap into the main communications link that connect Google and Yahoo data centers.

New Snowden leaks show the NSA captures Google data center traffic | TweakTown.com

A documented dating back to January 9, 2013 says that the NSA captured millions of records from the search giants each and every day, sending them to NSA data warehouses. Within a 30-day period, over 180 million records were collected, all of which included metadata, text communications, audio and video, too.

The Washington Post did say that the NSA doesn't keep everything, which should help you sleep at night (so much sarcasm intended). Both search giants maintain multiple data centers around the world for redundancy reasons, with data shared between the data centers all the time. Google has said that it was not aware of the NSA activity, with a Yahoo spokesperson saying that it has strict controls in place to protect the security of their data centers, and that it has not given the NSA or anyone else access to their data centers.

Then we have General Keith Alexander, the director of the NSA, who says that the US spy agency does not have access to Google or Yahoo servers. Now, he may not be lying - but they might have access to the communications link between them, which is what the NSA whistleblower has now revealed. All this spying, and not an ounce of protection of our data from anyone in a position of power.

NEWS SOURCE:techspot.com

Anthony joined the TweakTown team in 2010 and has since reviewed 100s of graphics cards. Anthony is a long time PC enthusiast with a passion of hate for games built around consoles. FPS gaming since the pre-Quake days, where you were insulted if you used a mouse to aim, he has been addicted to gaming and hardware ever since. Working in IT retail for 10 years gave him great experience with custom-built PCs. His addiction to GPU tech is unwavering.

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