Internet colossus Yahoo is in for some more bad public relations according to a new bombshell story. Only weeks after belatedly admitting that the data of hundreds of millions of it’s customers’ had been compromised, the tech giant has been outed for collaborating with the Obama regime’s unconstitutional snooping programs. While the NSA Stasi has been largely banished from the news after the Snowden leak fiasco and Americans have collectively shrugged over having the federal government and it’s armies of contractors spying and warehousing their data they haven’t gone away.
Reuters reports that “Yahoo secretly scanned customer emails for U.S. intelligence – sources”:
Yahoo Inc last year secretly built a custom software program to search all of its customers’ incoming emails for specific information provided by U.S. intelligence officials, according to people familiar with the matter.
The company complied with a classified U.S. government demand, scanning hundreds of millions of Yahoo Mail accounts at the behest of the National Security Agency or FBI, said three former employees and a fourth person apprised of the events.
Some surveillance experts said this represents the first case to surface of a U.S. Internet company agreeing to an intelligence agency’s request by searching all arriving messages, as opposed to examining stored messages or scanning a small number of accounts in real time.
It is not known what information intelligence officials were looking for, only that they wanted Yahoo to search for a set of characters. That could mean a phrase in an email or an attachment, said the sources, who did not want to be identified.
Reuters was unable to determine what data Yahoo may have handed over, if any, and if intelligence officials had approached other email providers besides Yahoo with this kind of request.
Even McNews for Dummies aka USA Today has had to admit that the scope of Yahoo’s collaboration with the government is unprecedented, “Yahoo’s massive, hidden email search would be first of its kind, if true”:
There are some firsts that don’t give you bragging rights — and in Yahoo’s case, that’s particularly true if the claim involves customer emails.
A Reuters report Tuesday that Yahoo secretly agreed to search all its users’ incoming emails for a specific but unknown word or phrase on behalf of either the National Security Agency or the FBI set off shockwaves in the tech sector, particularly on the heels of Yahoo’s disclosure last month that information had been stolen on 500 million customer accounts.
Yahoo didn’t confirm or deny the report, but also said it didn’t break any law. Big consumer tech companies including Google and Microsoft noted they haven’t done anything like the allegations claimed by the Reuters report, which cited unnamed ex-Yahoo employees.
If the charges are true, it would be the first case of a U.S.-based Internet company searching all incoming messages rather than scanning stored messages or focusing on a small number of accounts.
The collaboration between Yahoo and the feds serves to underline the bastard alliance between Silicon Valley and the Democrats and Big Tech is nearly unanimously backing Hillary who is salivating over the prospect of using the NSA to go after political dissent. Her dangerous paranoia as well as last month’s likening of Trump supporters and the Alt-Right to a treasonous fifth column of Russian leader Vladimir Putin is already laying the groundwork for what will be an unprecedented attack on free speech and her political opposition. The woman is notorious for nurturing grudges and has had a decades long hard-on for that “vast right-wing conspiracy”, the news that Yahoo is assisting the feds with data-mining is ominous and should chill those who have opposed Obama and Hillary’s agenda to the bone.
One of Obama’s greatest legacies will ultimately be that he was instrumental in building the surveillance and control apparatus that will in Hillary’s hands be used to not only crush the Trump revolution but to ensure that no opposition to the globalist corporate order is ever allowed to threaten the establishment again.