(The Hosting News) – Data centers from tech giants like Google and Yahoo were apparently no match for the snooping hands of the National Security Agency.
According to a report from The Washington Post on Wednesday, the NSA infiltrated data center links for both companies and transferred the data back to data warehouses at the agency’s Fort Meade, Maryland headquarters.
The source of the information comes from documents previously leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden in addition to what The Washington Post described as “knowledgeable officials.”
Included in the supposedly accessed information was “metadata,” something that included things like when and who sent emails in addition to video, audio and text content.
The program is known as “MUSCULAR” and unlike PRISM, it isn’t warranted by the courts before accessing content.
Meanwhile, in a report from The New York Times, Google chief legal officer David Drummond commented on Google’s efforts to secure its data. “We have long been concerned about the possibility of this kind of snooping, which is why we have continued to extend encryption across more and more Google services and links,” Drummond told the Times.
He continued, “We do not provide any government, including the U.S. government, with access to our systems. We are outraged at the lengths to which the government seems to have gone to intercept data from our private fiber networks, and it underscores the need for urgent reform.”
The NSA has continued to defend its actions by noting that the data it collects is used to protect the homeland against would-be terror threats.