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Revealed: how Microsoft handed the NSA access to encrypted messages

Posted By admin On July 11, 2013 @ 5:46 pm In Featured Stories | Comments Disabled

Glenn Greenwald, Ewen MacAskill, Laura Poitras, Spencer Ackerman and Dominic Rushe
London Guardian [1]
July 11, 2013

Microsoft has collaborated closely with US intelligence services to allow users’ communications to be intercepted, including helping the National Security Agency to circumvent the company’s own encryption, according to top-secret documents obtained by the Guardian.

The files provided by Edward Snowden illustrate the scale of co-operation between Silicon Valley and the intelligence agencies over the last three years. They also shed new light on the workings of the top-secret Prism program, which was disclosed by the Guardian and the Washington Post last month.

The documents show that:

• Microsoft helped the NSA to circumvent its encryption to address concerns that the agency would be unable to intercept web chats on the new Outlook.com portal;

• The agency already had pre-encryption stage access to email on Outlook.com, including Hotmail;

• The company worked with the FBI this year to allow the NSA easier access via Prism to its cloud storage service SkyDrive, which now has more than 250 million users worldwide;

• Microsoft also worked with the FBI’s Data Intercept Unit to “understand” potential issues with a feature in Outlook.com that allows users to create email aliases;

• In July last year, nine months after Microsoft bought Skype, the NSA boasted that a new capability had tripled the amount of Skype video calls being collected through Prism;

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[1] London Guardian: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jul/11/microsoft-nsa-collaboration-user-data

[2] Microsoft Denies New Reports That It Let The NSA Spy On Email And Skype: http://www.prisonplanet.com/microsoft-denies-new-reports-that-it-let-the-nsa-spy-on-email-and-skype.html

[3] How Microsoft and Yahoo are selling politicians access to you: http://www.prisonplanet.com/how-microsoft-and-yahoo-are-selling-politicians-access-to-you.html

[4] Microsoft Instrumental in NSA’s Prism Program: http://www.prisonplanet.com/microsoft-instrumental-in-nsas-prism-program.html

[5] REPORT: Skype Had A Secret Program Called ‘Project Chess’ To Help Intelligence Agencies Access Internet Calls: http://www.prisonplanet.com/report-skype-had-a-secret-program-called-project-chess-to-help-intelligence-agencies-access-internet-calls.html

[6] Microsoft admits Patriot Act can access EU-based cloud data: http://www.prisonplanet.com/microsoft-admits-patriot-act-can-access-eu-based-cloud-data.html

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