Yahoo Built a Secret Tool to Scan Your Email Content for US Spy Agency

October 4, 2016 – 5:17 PM

Users are still dealing with the Yahoo’s massive data breach that exposed over 1 Billion Yahoo accounts and there’s another shocking news about the company that, I bet, will blow your mind.

Yahoo might have provided your personal data to United States intelligence agency when required.

Yahoo reportedly built a custom software programmed to secretly scan all of its users’ emails for specific information provided by US intelligence officials, according to a report by Reuters.

The tool was built in 2015 after company complied with a secret court order to scan hundreds of millions of Yahoo Mail account at the behest of either the NSA or the FBI, according to the report that cites three separate sources who are familiar with the matter.

According to some experts, this is the first time when an American Internet company has agreed to such an extensive demand by a spy agency’s demand by searching all incoming emails, examining stored emails or scanning a small number of accounts in real time.

The tool was designed to search for a specific set of character strings within Yahoo emails and “store them for remote retrieval,” but it’s unclear exactly what the spies were looking for.


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