Yahoo created secretly tool so that intelligence agencies can monitor emails




It’s been a while that Yahoo was once with positive headlines in the press. The Internet veteran recently made by a hack attention , data of 500 million users were lost to the company. As if this were not bad enough, Yahoo seems to have snooped in the e-mails to its users. Or rather let Yahoo has snooping. Because that defines a report from Reuters close. Scanned were all emails from users who were looking for a certain “set of characters”. Yahoo developed on request of intelligence a tool that emails were retrieved according searchable and also of the secret services (FBI or NSA).

It is not new that US Internet and communications companies to pass on customer information to intelligence services, but the first time such monitoring was (to scan all sent and received nagenen emails) in real time to the public. What is certainly not within the meaning of Yahoo. There, the tool created was kept so secret that not even the head of security, then Alex Stamos, knew about it. As a consequence, he left in 2015 Yahoo and has since worked at Facebook.

Although the tool has probably created on a legal basis, but experts think Yahoo would have to fight against it, because such a wide monitor is out of proportion. That company must publish data if the law requires, is logical and understandable, but this is not about a specific case, but to a general monitoring of all e-mails to specific activities.

this monitoring was discovered incidentally from Yahoo security team, shortly after it was active. The security team did not know the tool and was initially based on a hack. As security chief Stamos then found out that the tool of Marissa Mayer has been approved, he quit his post. One such tool risking the safety of users. And he was probably pissed a little disappointed that he was not involved in deciding.

Also, the tool was not created by the security team, but of the people who are responsible for the e-mail, so pure programmatically. All very opaque and really hard to imagine that such a thing with Yahoo’s size can go secretly unfolds in a company. Of course, the whole thing does not reflect well on Yahoo. Remains to be seen whether the news in recent weeks an influence on the takeover by Verizon will have.


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