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Report says U.S., British broke into Yahoo, Google data centers

Publisher Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty
Publication Date 30 October 2013
Cite as Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Report says U.S., British broke into Yahoo, Google data centers, 30 October 2013, available at: [accessed 21 February 2018]
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October 30, 2013

Straight to Fort Meade?Straight to Fort Meade?

The "Washington Post" is reporting the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) secretly broke into the main communications links used by Yahoo and Google data centers around the world, giving the agency direct access to hundreds of millions of users' e-mail accounts and other data.

The October 30 report, citing documents leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, said the program, dubbed MUSCULAR, operated jointly with the NSA's British counterpart GCHQ.

The agencies were reportedly able to intercept data flows from the fiber-optic cables used by the U.S. Internet giants.

According to a secret document dated January 9, 2013, the NSA sent millions of records every day from Yahoo and Google to a warehouse at the agency's Fort Meade headquarters.

Google and Yahoo released statements saying they had no knowledge their data centers had been compromised.

Based on reporting by AFP, AP, and dpa

Link to original story on RFE/RL website

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