U.S., British Spies Hacked Into Millions of Yahoo Users Webcams in Secret Program Codenamed OPTIC NERVE
Published on February 27, 2014 · Filed Under Uncategorized
(WASHINGTON) According to Fox News, U.S. and British spy agencies intercepted and stored images from webcams of millions of Yahoo users, including sexually explicit images in the latest revelation concerning mass government spying.
The London Guardian has the details in a report based on information leaked by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden.
The British surveillance agency GCHQ, with help from the NSA, actively spied on nearly 2 million Yahoo users via webcams built into their computers. The documents show that the agency intercepted millions of images as part of a secret program codenamed OPTIC NERVE.
Yahoo said in a statement “[This is] a whole new level of violation of our users’ privacy that is completely unacceptable.”
Sexually explicit webcam material proved to be a particular problem, as one document delicately put it:
“Unfortunately … it would appear that a surprising number of people use webcam conversations to show intimate parts of their body to the other person. Also, the fact that the Yahoo software allows more than one person to view a webcam stream without necessarily sending a reciprocal stream means that it appears sometimes to be used for broadcasting pornography.”