Dec 6, 2013
British Spy Agency ‘Masters the Internet’
Posted on Jun 21, 2013
Britain’s Government Communications Headquarters has secretly gained access to the network of cables that carry the world’s phone calls and Internet traffic and has begun to process vast amounts of personal information that it shares with the U.S. National Security Agency, documents provided by NSA whistle-blower Edward Snowden reveal.
The British spy agency has named the two principal parts of its program Mastering the Internet and Global Telecoms Exploitation. Both schemes aim at scooping up as much digital traffic as possible and are being carried out without input from the public, which was never informed of the operations.
A total of 850,000 NSA employees and U.S. private contractors with top security clearances have access to GCHQ databases, The Guardian newspaper figures.
Documents provided by Snowden reveal that by 2012 GCHQ was handling 60 million “telephone events” each day and had tapped more than 200 fiber-optic cables.
—Posted by Alexander Reed Kelly.
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