Friday, February 28, 2014

GCHQ/NSA Collected Webcam Images From Yahoo Users For Years

Yahoo Webcam Images From Millions Of Users Intercepted By GCHQ -- The Guardian

• Optic Nerve program collected Yahoo webcam images in bulk
• 1.8m users targeted by UK agency in six-month period alone
• Yahoo: 'A whole new level of violation of our users' privacy'
• Material included large quantity of sexually explicit images

Britain's surveillance agency GCHQ, with aid from the US National Security Agency, intercepted and stored the webcam images of millions of internet users not suspected of wrongdoing, secret documents reveal.

GCHQ files dating between 2008 and 2010 explicitly state that a surveillance program codenamed Optic Nerve collected still images of Yahoo webcam chats in bulk and saved them to agency databases, regardless of whether individual users were an intelligence target or not.

In one six-month period in 2008 alone, the agency collected webcam imagery – including substantial quantities of sexually explicit communications – from more than 1.8 million Yahoo user accounts globally.

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More News On Reports That The GCHQ/NSA Collected Webcam Images From Yahoo Users For Years

GCHQ's cover for Optic Nerve provided by legislation introduced in 2000 -- The Guardian
UK spies 'intercepted webcam images of Yahoo users' -- BBC
British spy agency collected images of Yahoo webcam chats: Guardian -- Reuters
Report: UK spies intercept webcam pics, nudity -- AP
Report: British intelligence collected millions of Yahoo webcam images -- UPI
Report: U.K. spy agency collected Yahoo webcam images -- USA Today
Report: British spy agency collected millions of Yahoo users' images -- L.A. Times
UK spied on millions of intimate webcam chats -- Al Jazeera
Report: U.K. Spy Agency Stored Millions of Webcam Images -- Time
British surveillance reportedly collected webcam images from millions of Yahoo users -- The Verge
NSA helped UK spy agency collect millions of pics from Yahoo web chats -- BGR
The NSA Is Spying on Your Webcam Sex -- Time
UK spy agency's Optic Nerve monitored millions of Yahoo webcam chats, lots with 'undesirable nudity' -- Global Post
Have millions of British webcam users had their sex pictures harvested by UK spies? -- Daily Mail
UK Spy Agency Surprised Most People Use Webcam for Sex -- Liberty Voice
British spies confronted by ‘surprising’ amount of porn as they secretly monitored webchats -- Michael Higgins, National Post
Quote of the Day: People Sure Use Their Webcams for a Lot of Kinky Stuff -- Mother Jones
GCHQ's interception and storage of Yahoo webcam images condemned -- The Guardian

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