British spy agency intercepted webcam images millions of online




In half a year, the British intelligence service GCHQ intercepted webcam images of 1.8 million Yahoo users, according to new documents Snowden. To estimate the service went up by 11 percent to nudity.

As part of a project called Optic Nerve GCHQ took advantage of webcam feeds from Yahoo users. Every five minutes graphics widely The record speaks documents the desire to amass faster. Images The reason for the five-minute interval would be to meet human rights law and in order not to overload the server writes The Guardian based on Snowden documents.

Optic Nerve would use a web interface to drain the webcam feeds and the systems were often unfocused chosen, so that was not always a matter of targets in the context of investigations. Optic Nerve was started in 2008 as a test, but are still active in 2012. GCHQ experimented with face widespread while the tool was also used to keep existing targets in the eye and find. New targets

Between 3 percent and 11 percent of the intercepted images nude photos would have been, which were in some cases also intercepted outright porn streams. The service would have these “undesirable results” is not removed, but do have ensured that images with no faces were recognized, were not found in the search results. This system would not work flawlessly, gave the espionage service itself far. Analysts also would only metadata as a result get when they looked for images in large-scale databases.

Yahoo calls the practice unacceptable if the claims are authentic. GCHQ would also be interested in the Kinect camera on the Xbox 360 and also the organization would experiment with cameras that scan the iris. However, this gives little detail to The Guardian.


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