Exclusive: British spy agency collects and stores vast quantities of global email messages, Facebook posts, internet histories and calls, and shares them with NSA, latest documents from Edward Snowden reveal
Britain’s spy agency GCHQ has secretly gained access to the network of cables which carry the world’s phone calls and internet traffic and has started to process vast streams of sensitive personal information which it is sharing with its American partner, the National Security Agency (NSA).
The sheer scale of the agency’s ambition is reflected in the titles of its two principal components: Mastering the Internet and Global Telecoms Exploitation, aimed at scooping up as much online and telephone traffic as possible. This is all being carried out without any form of public acknowledgement or debate.
One key innovation has been GCHQ’s ability to tap into and store huge volumes of data drawn from fibre-optic cables for up to 30 days so that it can be sifted and analysed. That operation, codenamed Tempora, has been running for some 18 months.
Tempora is now a “hashtag” on twitter….
New Snowden leak: NSA, Britain’s GCHQ, eavesdropped on foreign leaders
Britain’s intelligence agency reportedly set up fake cyber-cafes during a 2009 G20 summit, among other tricks
President Obama and the other leaders of the Group of Eight nations gather in Northern Ireland on Monday for a two-day summit. And thanks to the latest revelations from U.S. National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden, the already delicate conversations between those leaders will probably be more awkward than usual.
Among other things, this leak suggests that, as in sporting events, there’s a home-field advantage when it comes to hosting international summits.
NSA PRISM-gate: Relax, GCHQ spooks ‘keep us safe’, says Cameron
British intelligence agencies have broken no laws and are subject to “proper” parliamentary scrutiny, Prime Minister David Cameron insisted today as the NSA PRISM scandal reached Blighty.
He was forced to defend Brit spooks following allegations that UK eavesdropping nerve-centre GCHQ had access to the Americans’ controversial PRISM project, which gathers emails, chat logs and other private information about folks from internet giants. It is alleged such access allowed GCHQ to circumvent the law, avoid ministerial scrutiny and sidestep the need to obtain a court order when snooping on people.
English dude has good points here:
Mastering the internet: how GCHQ set out to spy on the world wide web
Project Tempora – the evolution of a secret programme to capture vast amounts of web and phone dataThe memo was finished at 9.32am on Tuesday 19 May 2009, and was written jointly by the director in charge of GCHQ’s top-secret Mastering the Internet (MTI) project and a senior member of the agency’s cyber-defence team.The internal email, seen by the Guardian, was a “prioritisation and tasking initiative” to another senior member of staff about the problems facing GCHQ during a period when technology seemed to be racing ahead of the intelligence…
BREAKING NEWS now on rt.com
it starts spreading…….
“Protective Threat Management System” (PTMS) project will transform the aging Protective Research Information System Management (PRISM-ID) system to a modernized, agile application. The success of this modernization effort will greatly enhance agents’ ability to respond rapidly to threats by increasing the accuracy and availability of matching identities through improved search capability, and allow the USSS to move the existing applications off the mainframe and into a server/web based environment.”
Project Tempora – the evolution of a secret programme to capture vast amounts of web and phone data
British spy agency reportedly taps into fiber-optic cables to intercept web data
Britain’s Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) has been reportedly tapping into fiber-optic lines to intercept and store massive amounts of data flowing across the web, including emails, posts on social media sites like Facebook, video chats and calls, and records of what websites the public is visiting, according to a new report from The Guardian. The spying program is called TEMPORA, and about 850,000 people at the GCHQ have access to the stored data, which is reportedly also shared between the UK and the National Security Agency (NSA), the US spy organization behind the alleged surveillance program PRISM.
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