The disclosures from Snowden just won’t stop, and they get worse and worse as new ones come out.
Complete with snarky smiley face drawn by US government hackers who supposedly proudly presented to the NSA masters how they broke into Google and Yahoo’s user data.
Even an usually pro-US government surveillance online blogger tweeted that this was a troubling development.
Why? Well, apparently, surveillance done with the PERMISSION of the corporation is OK, but not otherwise.
But really, no one really knows for sure that this was done without the permission of Google and Yahoo. While we know full well that they have denied giving “backdoor” access to NSA, the newly released documents can be also interpreted as the NSA actually getting access from Google and Yahoo perhaps through implicit permissions (or plain willful ignorance).
The rumor of this MUSCULAR program collection is bad enough, but the Gimmick could be worse, that Google and Yahoo knew this was going on and simply let it happen. (I mean, come on, was there really a point to putting all the emails on “clouds” and move them around across the World? Other than to let the NSA intercept them from unsecured unencrypted links?)
The Truth may be the worst: The “cloud” was perhaps even designed to be easily intercepted by NSA. Afterall, in the NSA documents, it was commented that Yahoo transition their email data to NARCHIVE, a standard built with the help of NSA, which made it easier for NSA to get at email attachments.
On that note: NSA defended its surveillance of US allies by saying effectively, that “they do it too.”
Well, interesting, and BTW, US “do it too.”
I personally have no problem with that, since I don’t keep secret data online.