The National Security Agency secretly has been collecting information from hundreds of millions of Google and Yahoo user accounts daily around the world – many of them belonging to Americans, The Washington Post reported Wednesday.
The bombshell report detailing how the NSA broke into the main communications links connecting the Silicon Valley giants’ data centers around the world was based on documents from ex-NSA leaker Edward Snowden and interviews with officials, the Post reported.
“It’s an arms race,” Eric Grosse, vice president for security engineering at Google, told the Post last month, before revelation of the infiltration. He said the company was rushing to encrypt the links between its data centers.
“We see these government agencies as among the most skilled players in this game,” Grosse said.
Yahoo has not announced plans to encrypt its data-center links.
The Post account comes in the wake of months of reports, also based on Snowden’s leaks, that have shown the spy agency has routinely tracked patterns in emails and phone calls of Americans.
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