Bye bye Facebook & Verizon
The National Security Agency and the FBI are tapping directly into the central servers of nine leading U.S. Internet companies, extracting audio and video chats, photographs, e-mails, documents, and connection logs that enable analysts to track one target or trace a whole network of associates, according to a top-secret document obtained by The Washington Post.
The program, code-named PRISM, has not been made public until now. It may be the first of its kind. The NSA prides itself on stealing secrets and breaking codes, and it is accustomed to corporate partnerships that help it divert data traffic or sidestep barriers. But there has never been a Google or Facebook before, and it is unlikely that there are richer troves of valuable intelligence than the ones in Silicon Valley.
Equally unusual is the way the NSA extracts what it wants, according to the document: “Collection directly from the servers of these U.S. Service Providers: Microsoft, Yahoo, Google, Facebook, PalTalk, AOL, Skype, YouTube, Apple.”
If you haven’t already, it’s time to get off Facebook. Recommendation: think counter intuitively, flood information, useless information, the more the better.
A top-secret federal court order, obtained by the Guardian newspaper, requires the Verizon to hand over information regarding phone calls on an “ongoing, daily basis” to the FBI. The information includes the phone numbers of both callers, location data, and the time and duration of calls, according to the four-page order.
Phone calls aren’t safe, either.
Let the future begin.