UK Spy Agency Collected Webcam Images From Yahoo Users With The Help Of NSA, Report Says


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In yet another stunning revelation about digital espionage (though how stunned can we continue to be at this point), The Guardian reports that British surveillance organization GCHQ ran a program between 2008 and 2012 that collected images from Yahoo chat users’ webcams. The program managed to collect a high volume of webcam imagery, including sex chat content, from over 1.8 million global Yahoo users in a single six month period in 2008, the report claims.

It’s hard to say anymore if this is the most egregious violation of privacy revealed under leaked documents detailing government espionage of digital sources, but capturing nude and sexual images from unsuspecting users not aware they’re being targeted, and not being targeted for any reason in particular, is definitely right up there. The so-called ‘Optic Nerve’ program is detailed in GCHQ files that span between 2008 and 2010 leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden…

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