Brand New Snowden, Greenwald: Snowden Docs Reveal British Spies Snooped on YouTube and Facebook

by | Jan 27, 2014 | Stress Blog

The latest from the Snowden documents:

The British government can tap into the cables carrying the world’s web traffic at will and spy on what people are doing on some of the world’s most popular social media sites, including YouTube, all without the knowledge or consent of the companies.

Documents taken from the National Security Agency by Edward Snowden and obtained by NBC News detail how British cyber spies demonstrated a pilot program to their U.S. partners in 2012 in which they were able to monitor YouTube in real time and collect addresses from the billions of videos watched daily, as well as some user information, for analysis. At the time the documents were printed, they were also able to spy on Facebook and Twitter.

Called ‘Psychology A New Kind of SIGDEV” (Signals Development), the presentation includes a section that spells out ‘Broad real-time monitoring of online activity’ of YouTube videos, URLs ‘liked’ on Facebook, and Blogspot/Blogger visits. The monitoring program is called ‘Squeaky Dolphin.’

Experts told NBC News the documents show the British had to have been either physically able to tap the cables carrying the world’s web traffic or able to use a third party to gain physical access to the massive stream of data, and would be able to extract some key data about specific users as well.

Representatives of Facebook and Google, which owns YouTube, said they hadn’t given the British government permission to access data and were unaware the collection had occurred. A source close to Google who asked not to be identified when discussing company policy said the company was ‘shocked’ to learn the U.K. could have been ‘grabbing’ its data.

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Update: They’re getting at your phone through the Angry Birds!

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