Yahoo exposed for spying on users’ emails

It was revealed today that Yahoo scanned millions of users’ emails for US intelligence agencies. Edward Snowden: “Close your account today.”
Yahoo Photo credit: Reuters/ Channel 2 News

Tonight (Tuesday), Yahoo Inc. was exposed for secretly scanning users’ email accounts and giving information to US intelligence authorities. According to Reuters, inside sources claimed that hundreds of millions of emails were scanned and the results were transferred to US authorities without the users’ knowledge.

According to the report, one of the biggest email service providers in the world secretly built a special program that scans all of its users’ emails for specific information. Yahoo was complying with the American security services’ request, forwarding the scanned emails to the National Security Agency (NSA).

Two former employees along with another person who was familiar with the process exposed the information. Security and surveillance experts stated that it is the first case in which an American Internet company agreed to the security authorities’ requests to search all customer messages. Until now, it was known that several companies agreed to examine a number of messages stored on servers or limit the exposure to a small number of accounts.

Snowden Photo credit: SkyNews/ Channel 2 News

The transferred information remains unknown as well as whether it was just the body of the message or also the attached files that were forwarded to security authorities.

Edward Snowden, who leaked classified information from the NSA, warned his followers on Twitter: “Use Yahoo? They secretly scanned everything you ever wrote, far beyond what law requires. Close your account today.” Snowden added that Yahoo’s transparency report didn’t “indicate how every single email was searched for the NSA.”

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