World Bulletin / News Desk
The US National Security Agency (NSA) collected secretly information from the main communication links that connect Yahoo and Google data centers around the world, the Washington Post reported.
The paper cited documents from former NSA contractor Edward Snowden and interviews with knowledgeable officials.
NSA’s acquisitions directorate sends millions of records every day from Yahoo and Google internal networks to data warehouses at the agency’s Fort Meade headquarters, according to a top secret accounting dated Jan. 9, 2013.
The NSA does this through a project called MUSCULAR, which it operates with the agency's British counterpart, GCHQ.
In a statement, Google said it was “troubled by allegations of the government intercepting traffic between our data centers, and we are not aware of this activity.”
“We have strict controls in place to protect the security of our data centers, and we have not given access to our data centers to the NSA or to any other government agency,” the company said.
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