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NSA collects millions of e-mail address books globally

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Barton Gellman and Ashkan Soltani
Washington Post [1]
October 15, 2013

The National Security Agency is harvesting hundreds of millions of contact lists from personal e-mail and instant messaging accounts around the world, many of them belonging to Americans, according to senior intelligence officials and top-secret documents [2] provided by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.

The collection program, which has not been disclosed before, intercepts e-mail address books and “buddy lists” from instant messaging services as they move across global data links. Online services often transmit those contacts when a user logs on, composes a message, or synchronizes a computer or mobile device with information stored on remote servers.

Rather than targeting individual users, the NSA is gathering contact lists in large numbers that amount to a sizable fraction of the world’s e-mail and instant messaging accounts. Analysis of that data enables the agency to search for hidden connections and to map relationships within a much smaller universe of foreign intelligence targets.

During a single day last year, the NSA’s Special Source Operations branch collected 444,743 e-mail address books from Yahoo, 105,068 from Hotmail, 82,857 from Facebook, 33,697 from Gmail and 22,881 from unspecified other providers, according to an internal NSA PowerPoint presentation [2]. Those figures, described as a typical daily intake in the document, correspond to a rate of more than 250 million a year.

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[1] Washington Post: http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/nsa-collects-millions-of-e-mail-address-books-globally/2013/10/14/8e58b5be-34f9-11e3-80c6-7e6dd8d22d8f_print.html

[2] top-secret documents: http://apps.washingtonpost.com/g/page/world/the-nsas-overcollection-problem/517/

[3] Now Twitter admits copying smartphone address books without telling the owners as Apple announces crackdown: http://www.prisonplanet.com/now-twitter-admits-copying-smartphone-address-books-without-telling-the-owners-as-apple-announces-crackdown.html

[4] 13,753 Gov’t Requests for Google E-Mail Data in 2012, Most Without a Warrant: http://www.prisonplanet.com/13753-gov%e2%80%99t-requests-for-google-e-mail-data-in-2012-most-without-a-warrant.html

[5] Jay-Z’s “Magna Carta” Mobile App Collects an Insane Amount of Data From its Users: http://www.prisonplanet.com/jay-zs-magna-carta-mobile-app-collects-an-insane-amount-of-data-from-its-users.html

[6] The NSA’s “Boundless Informant” Collects 3 Billion Intelligence Pieces From Networks In One Month: http://www.prisonplanet.com/the-nsas-boundless-informant-collects-3-billion-intelligence-pieces-from-networks-in-one-month.html

[7] XKeyscore: NSA tool collects ‘nearly everything a user does on the internet’: http://www.prisonplanet.com/xkeyscore-nsa-tool-collects-nearly-everything-a-user-does-on-the-internet.html

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