Re­port: CIA got ac­cess to emails

China Daily (USA) - - WORLD -

In­ter­net tech­nol­ogy gi­ant Ya­hoo re­port­edly built a cus­tom soft­ware pro­gram last year to scan all users’ in­com­ing emails so as to com­ply with a clas­si­fied or­der from US in­tel­li­gence. In a Reuters re­port pub­lished on Tues­day, sources fa­mil­iar with the mat­ter told the Bri­tish me­dia that the US com­pany has searched hun­dreds of mil­lions of cus­tomers’ email ac­counts since last April at the re­quest of the Na­tional Se­cu­rity Agency or the Fed­eral Bu­reau of In­ves­ti­ga­tion. Cit­ing two un­named for­mer em­ploy­ees, it re­ported that the com­pany’s de­ci­sion to obey the or­der prompted at least two of­fi­cials, in­clud­ing then-chief in­for­ma­tion se­cu­rity of­fi­cer Alex Sta­mos, to leave last year over eth­i­cal is­sues con­cern­ing the pro­gram.

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