Yahoo said to scan users’ emails for NSA, FBI under secret directive

Yahoo said to scan users’ emails for NSA, FBI under secret directive
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[Ed. – Something about this, coming on the heels of the massive security hack of Yahoo, doesn’t sit quite right.  You can bet other online service conglomerates are doing the same thing, but we’re hearing about Yahoo for some reason? There’s the whiff here of a concerted effort to reduce consumer confidence in the company.]

Yahoo Inc last year secretly built a custom software program to search all of its customers’ incoming emails for specific information provided by U.S. intelligence officials, according to people familiar with the matter.

The company complied with a classified U.S. government directive, scanning hundreds of millions of Yahoo Mail accounts at the behest of the National Security Agency or FBI, said two former employees and a third person apprised of the events. …

It is not known what information intelligence officials were looking for, only that they wanted Yahoo to search for a set of characters. That could mean a phrase in an email or an attachment, said the sources, who did not want to be identified. …

The demand to search Yahoo Mail accounts came in the form of a classified directive sent to the company’s legal team, according to the three people familiar with the matter.

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