Yahoo scanned my Junkmail

yahooYahoo hat also alle Mails ihrer User-Accounts gescannt und für die NSA aufbereitet: Yahoo secretly scanned customer emails for U.S. intelligence (Heise, Guardian).

Und zwar 2015, also nach den Snowden-Leaks. Die haben dafür sogar eine eigene Software geschrieben und an der eigenen Security-Abteilung vorbeiinstalliert. Vor drei Jahren meinte Obama noch so zu Merkel: „NSA is not rifling through ordinary people's emails“. Tja. Ich hab' 'nen Yahoo-Mailaccount und meine komplette One-Way-Junkmail-Korrespondenz voller unnützer Newsletter, PR-Honks, Porno und Spam ist jetzt total kompromittiert. Damn.

Scherz beiseite: Das ganze könnte auch ein unangenehmes Nachspiel haben, denn die haben anscheinend einfach den kompletten Maileingang aller User gelesen und nicht nach Staatsbürgerschaft unterschieden.

this Yahoo program doesn’t appear to have had even an ostensibly non-U.S. target. Rather, literally every single person with a Yahoo email inbox was evidently placed under surveillance, regardless of citizenship.

Crocker said the Yahoo program seems “in some ways more problematic and broader” than previously revealed NSA bulk surveillance programs like PRISM or Upstream collection efforts. “It’s hard to think of an interpretation” of the Reuters report, he explained, “that doesn’t mean Yahoo isn’t being asked to scan all domestic communications without a warrant” or probable cause. “The Fourth Amendment implications of that are pretty staggering,” Crocker said.

Microsoft, Twitter und Google bestreiten bereits, ähnliche Scans ihrer Mail-Accounts durchzuführen, Facebook und Apple ebenfalls:

Microsoft said in a statement, "We have never engaged in the secret scanning of email traffic like what has been reported today about Yahoo.” Both Twitter and Google not only denied engaging in the same type of practice but said it never received such a request from U.S. officials.

"We've never received such a request, but if we did, our response would be simple: 'no way,'" a Google spokesperson wrote in an email to Mashable. “We've never received a request like this, and were we to receive it we'd challenge it in a court," a Twitter spokesperson wrote to Mashable.

Twitter also pointed to a lawsuit the company filed in 2014 over the ability to reveal such surveillance requests. "Separately, while federal law prohibits companies from being able to share information about certain types of national security related requests, we are currently suing the Justice Department for the ability to disclose more information about government requests," Twitter wrote in its statement.