NSA and FBI have direct Access to Servers of… everything

Gestern erst wurde bekannt, dass die NSA Vorratsdatenspeicherung im großen Stil bei mindestens einem großen Telekommunikationsanbieter vornimmt, heute dann der komplette Super-Daten-GAU: Sowohl das FBI als auch die NSA haben direkten Zugriff auf die Server von Microsoft, Google, Yahoo, Facebook, PalTalk, Youtube, Skype, AOL und Apple. Die Zugriffe erfolgen „nur“ auf Datenpakete, die durch amerikanische Server geleitet werden, das betrifft aber sehr wohl auch große Teile der internationalen Datenkommunikation.

Laut Ars Technica (erster Satz: „It’s worse than we thought.“) streiten die Unternehmen die Kenntnis über das Schnüffelprogramm ab. Diese Denials können sie gerne alle behalten und in diesem Fall kann man das nicht anders kommentieren als: Holy Crap!

The National Security Agency has obtained direct access to the systems of Google, Facebook, Apple and other US internet giants, according to a top secret document obtained by the Guardian. The NSA access is part of a previously undisclosed program called PRISM, which allows officials to collect material including search history, the content of emails, file transfers and live chats, the document says.

The Guardian has verified the authenticity of the document, a 41-slide PowerPoint presentation – classified as top secret with no distribution to foreign allies – which was apparently used to train intelligence operatives on the capabilities of the program. The document claims “collection directly from the servers” of major US service providers. […]

Some of the world’s largest internet brands are claimed to be part of the information-sharing program since its introduction in 2007. Microsoft – which is currently running an advertising campaign with the slogan “Your privacy is our priority” – was the first, with collection beginning in December 2007. It was followed by Yahoo in 2008; Google, Facebook and PalTalk in 2009; YouTube in 2010; Skype and AOL in 2011; and finally Apple, which joined the program in 2012. The program is continuing to expand, with other providers due to come online.

Collectively, the companies cover the vast majority of online email, search, video and communications networks.

Guardian: NSA taps in to systems of Google, Facebook, Apple and others, secret files reveal
Washington Post: Documents: U.S. mining data from 9 leading Internet firms; companies deny knowledge
Netzpolitik: PRISM: Amerikanischer Geheimdienst NSA hat direkten Zugriff auf alle Daten der großen Internet-Unternehmen