Dec 5, 2013
Google Calls the Dreaded NSA for Tech Support
Posted on Feb 4, 2010
Google already threatened to quit China over a network attack originating from that country, but it seems the Internet giant was shaken up enough to call the National Security Agency (of spying-on-Americans fame) for assistance.
According to a report in The Washington Post, Google and the NSA are still working out the deal, which would help the company understand the nature of the attack and the quality of its defenses.
Sources tell the paper that “the alliance is being designed to allow the two organizations to share critical information without violating Google’s policies or laws that protect the privacy of Americans’ online communications.”
Google has said in the past that it did not cooperate with the NSA’s Bush-era Terrorist Surveillance Program.
When the company revealed the attack, it said “we are also working with the relevant U.S. authorities.”
While some might be concerned about Google sharing too much data with the NSA, the company claims to have the privacy interests of its users at heart. The original attack, after all, targeted “the Gmail accounts of Chinese human rights activists,” according to Google. —PZS
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