Yahoo Webcam Images Got in the Hands of GCHQ by the Millions
Yahoo Webcam Images Got in the Hands of GCHQ by the Millions: Huge Alert in Security Breaches!
GCHQ, the British surveillance agency, along with the aid of its US partner, NSA, have managed to get their hands of millions of pictures, using the webcam option featured in Yahoo. Though representatives of Yahoo deny taking any part in this scheme and denouncing such practices that violate the rights of people everywhere, it is yet unknown how immense the actual extent of such interception has been, both in cases of pure images and metadata info captured.
Optic Nerve is the coded name of a program aiming at surveillance and dating back to 2008. The program was on even in 2012, according to the revelations that the legendary Edward Snowden has brought to light. Chats using the webcam in Yahoo have been the targets of such an enormous breach in the privacy settings of each Yahoo user. As you can imagine, there is no way either GCHQ or NSA could ever distinguish the pictures taken related to UK or US citizens and therefore justify their patterns against foreigners instead of natives.
It is remarkable that the actual number of such pictures for just half a year back in 2008 stretches out to 1.8 million. Imagine how grave such a breach actually is, given the length of the time in which the program has remained active. As a cover, GCHQ claims that the program has been legit along the way and that it has been used in the aim of recognizing the current enemies of the State, terrorists and other criminal posing a threat to the UK Nation.
However, the collection of such data has been more of a bulk numbered scheme than a targeted one, only dealing with individuals who have been suspects of acts that needed to be further analyzed. NSA has been active and vivacious throughout the program, providing the adequate equipment and expertise for analyzing the data that has been collected. Of course, GCHQ highlights the legitimate character of all its actions and refers to the UK law as something that protects its practices, no matter if some innocent Internet users have been exposed.
Another issue to consider is the number of people who were not just exposed due to their face being shown and made a matter of data collection, but were ripped of their privacy due to the nature of pictures taken. It seems that a substantial percentage of Yahoo user have been using the webcam chat for interacting with others and engaging in nudity. Such info could not be filtered and erased from the data base, leaving even further compromise of the sacred privacy of everyone.