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NSA, FBI have been mining data from 9 leading internet companies for years: report

Posted at 9:36 PM, Jun 06, 2013
and last updated 2013-06-06 21:49:47-04

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NEW YORK (PIX11) – Leaked information shows the National Security Agency has a program where they can tap the servers of top U.S. internet companies, the Washington Post reported Thursday.

This program is code named “PRISM” and can tap directly into internet servers from Facebook, Microsoft, Yahoo, Google, AOL, Skype, YouTube, Paltalk, and Apple.  From their servers they can pull e-mail, audio, video, photographs, documents, and connection logs.

Verizon is also giving information to this program and is being backed by some lawmakers, including Sen. Dianne Feinstein, who say it has foiled multiple potential terror plots.

Verizon has reportedly been doing this for seven years under the Patriot Act.

This highly-classified program was established in 2007.

According to the Washington Post “the NSA increasingly relies on “PRISM” as a leading source of raw material, accounting for nearly 1 in 7 intelligence report.”

For more on the story see the Washington Post.