It’s an impressive feat even for the NSA which was created just for code-breaking and now sets the standard for encryption technology.
Encryption is important because it’s the main tool used to ensure the security of your web communications whether its Skype video calls, online banking transactions, or sending electronic health records via health portals.
"We're not aware of any surveillance activity," the spokesperson said.
"If it has occurred as reported, it certainly wasn't done with our consent." Microsoft's statement echoes that of Blizzard, whose MMO World of Warcraft was also targeted by the NSA and GCHQ.
Instead, NSA is entrusted with assistance to and coordination of SIGINT elements at other government organizations, which are prevented by law from engaging in such activities without the approval of the NSA via the Defense Secretary. Additionally, the NSA Director simultaneously serves as the Commander of the United States Cyber Command and as Chief of the Central Security Service. NSA surveillance has been a matter of political controversy on several occasions, such as its spying on anti-Vietnam-war leaders and economic espionage.
As part of these streamlining responsibilities, the agency has a co-located organization called the Central Security Service (CSS), which was created to facilitate cooperation between NSA and other U. Originating as a unit to decipher coded communications in World War II, it was officially formed as the NSA by President Harry S. In 2013, the extent of some of the NSA's secret surveillance programs was revealed to the public by Edward Snowden.
The NSA also works with numerous companies to gather decryption keys or to insert backdoor surveillance technology into applications.Earlier Snowden document news reports identified some of the biggest Internet companies — Microsoft, Google, Facebook, Yahoo!, Apple — as all having been part of the NSA PRISM surveillance program, despite their stated privacy policies.If I recall correctly, most of the Wo W servers in the US are located at AT&T datacenters. Note: Private in this case has nothing to do with stock ownage; just the fact that neither Blizzard nor any cellular device company is government run.Assuming chat logs are stored on the actual servers, on site, then yes, the NSA has probably parsed your chat logs before. I generally just assume that all my internet traffic is passing through some kind of monitoring station filtering my words for things like "the bordeaux diligence" and "catcher in the rye" and "ruby ridge". FWB always ends up with bigger feelings, which may be ok if you have an appropriate distance between you.ONS were awesome the last time I called upon those initials. if you want a relationship without the marriage, then FWB... but if they all fail............there is always my rabbit!!"Governments have put this trust at risk, and governments need to help restore it." UPDATE: Microsoft has responded to recent revelations about UK and US spies listening in to discussions on Xbox Live chat.A spokesperson told Eurogamer the company had not detected any spying through Xbox Live - and insisted if it did occur it wasn't done with Microsoft's blessing.According to the leaked documents, the NSA intercepts the communications of over a billion people worldwide, many of whom are United States citizens, and tracks the movement of hundreds of millions of people using cellphones.Internationally, research has pointed to the NSA's ability to surveil the domestic Internet traffic of foreign countries through "boomerang routing". and was part of the war effort under the executive branch without direct Congressional authorization. At that point, the unit consisted of Yardley and two civilian clerks.