NSA secretly taps into Google, Yahoo networks to collect information, say leaked documents

The NSA intercepts millions of pieces of Google and Yahoo user information each day by tapping into the links between servers, The Washington Post reports. According to documents leaked by Edward Snowden, the agency secretly exploits the data links in Google and Yahoo’s global networks through a project called MUSCULAR, allegedly operated jointly with the GCHQ (which was accused earlier this year of snagging data from fiber optic cables). A January 9th document says that in the preceding 30 days, collectors had processed over 181 million pieces of information, including both metadata and the actual contents of communications.

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