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NSA Collecting EMail Address Books

 1:56 pm on Oct 15, 2013 (gmt 0)

Why am I not surprised by any of this!

The National Security Agency is harvesting hundreds of millions of contact lists from personal e-mail and instant messaging accounts around the world, many of them belonging to Americans, according to senior intelligence officials and top-secret documents provided by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.NSA Collecting EMail Address Books [washingtonpost.com]
Rather than targeting individual users, the NSA is gathering contact lists in large numbers that amount to a sizable fraction of the world’s e-mail and instant messaging accounts. Analysis of that data enables the agency to search for hidden connections and to map relationships within a much smaller universe of foreign intelligence targets.
During a single day last year, the NSA’s Special Source Operations branch collected 444,743 e-mail address books from Yahoo, 105,068 from Hotmail, 82,857 from Facebook, 33,697 from Gmail and 22,881 from unspecified other providers, according to an internal NSA PowerPoint presentation. Those figures, described as a typical daily intake in the document, correspond to a rate of more than 250 million a year.



 4:18 pm on Oct 15, 2013 (gmt 0)

Hey Engine, this is progress!

In the old days the authorities would torture your servants to find out who you'd been talking to.


 4:46 pm on Oct 15, 2013 (gmt 0)

True, and no pain involved.

I see a picture in my mind of a Monty Python sketch.


 8:19 am on Oct 16, 2013 (gmt 0)

"National Security Agency" is an oxymoron.



 10:53 am on Oct 19, 2013 (gmt 0)

They want it because they can infer a lot about people from contacts lists: remember the study on identifying closet gays from there Facebook friends list?

What else can be inferred? Religion, probably. Political opinions, very likely. Probably a LOT more.


 12:48 pm on Oct 21, 2013 (gmt 0)

I saw a cartoon this week:

Forgotton password?
Email GCHQ


 2:54 pm on Oct 21, 2013 (gmt 0)

Not really worth beginning a new thread for this and it's related so this is just as good a place for it as anywhere else.
More info released today that the NSA collected 70.3 million French phone and text messages based on keywords:


 3:04 pm on Oct 21, 2013 (gmt 0)

I guess the good thing about this is that we can communicate directly with the NSA via an open letter laced with keywords to get it up in front of their faces on their monitors to express our dismay with their paranoia and lack of respect for international laws.

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