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Googlers say “F* you” to NSA, company encrypts internal network

Google has started to encrypt its traffic between its data centers, effectively halting the broad surveillance of its inner workings by the joint National Security Agency-GCHQ program known as MUSCULAR. The move turns off a giant source of information to the two agencies, which at one point accounted for nearly a third of the NSA's daily data intake for its primary intelligence analysis database—at least for now.

Yesterday, the Washington Post shared additional slides produced by the NSA on the MUSCULAR program, which tapped into the fiber-optic networks carrying traffic to and from Google's and Yahoo's overseas data centers. The slides indicated that data from the networks frequently reached the daily intelligence briefing provided to President Barack Obama. They cited the joint operation with GHCQ as the fifteenth-largest source of intelligence data for those briefings.

The slides also revealed that the NSA obtained an intimate understanding of the internal operations of these networks, which suggests it either launched a significant reverse-engineering operation to pry apart Google's and Yahoo's secrets or it obtained this information from people who worked for the two companies (maybe even some combination of the two). Either way, the effort amounts to a major intelligence operation to discover the trade secrets of two major American companies.


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Current damage estimates from

Current damage estimates from Edward Snowden revelations are in the $2.5 trillion range.

I don't believe anything from

I don't believe anything from Google.

"Villains wear many masks, but none as dangerous as the mask of virtue." - Washington Irvin

Seems like a fight between

the 2 major intelligencia. Why would Google break ranks?

Its sad that they were so

Its sad that they were so accommodating. only to find out that the NSA really didn't need them to help at all.

The human race divides politically into those who want people to be controlled and those who have no such desire. - Heinlein

F* you google

for cooperating at all.
i will never use google again.

"The two weakest arguments for any issue on the House floor are moral and constitutional"
Ron Paul

"major intelligence

"major intelligence operation"

uhhm, no..........serious breach of fucking moral ethics deserving of life imprisonment, you know, as they are so fond of doing, to "teach them a lesson"........

Reckon folks should just start "hacking" the white house 24/7, for the sake of transparency, and when they "say" to stop, you ask them, "but what law am i breaking".......oh, im sure the PR "wordsmiths" will be crunching their brains over that one if not already, trying toapply a rule to one, but not the other....still, they've had alot of practice, those skillfull.... assholes.......


If they were really shutting out the NSA they would be wise enough not to taunt the spooks. That they are launching F bombs at the NSA tells me this is a ploy to try to convince people they are safe using Google.

If you're actually doing something like that you would be polite, lawyered up, bodyguarded, and making sure you had an ambien Rx because you won't be sleeping much otherwise.

Of course whatever encryption they use will be enough to ensure no one can tell that the spooks have their tentacles firmly in place.

...well....the company is based in the US...

...and the people running the company, USAmerican or not, are working in the US. Which gives them the freedom to use a Founding Law of Free Speach. Plus, the US has a few laws for business protection.