US government surveillance aided by AT&T, reveals the Snowden document

Yet another bombshell just came from the suspected NSA files smuggled by Edward Snowden. This time the NSA — a US government agency working under the department of defence — is purported to have been in close relationship with the telecom giant AT&T for the purpose of collecting data passing through their networks.

The NYT article.

The NSA targets include the UN also, which is headquartered at New York. It is not clear whether all the “spying” had been done with or without court orders.

To read Matthew Green’s take on this issue from all technical, social and cultural standpoints, click.

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NSA and GCHQ joint spying

From the magnitude of data collection done by NSA and GCHQ as analyzed in this article, it looks like if I have accidentally deleted emails years back, I can still recover them from their databases.

It’s remarkable that just one single cable access (NIGELLA in Cornwall) provides almost one tenth of everything NSA collects from internet cables. This also means that besides a large number of small cables accesses, NSA can only have access to just a few more cables with a similar high capacity as FA1 and FEA.