Tracking: The NSA's Secret Surveillance Programs
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<Bloomberg is reporting that U.S. agencies regularly swap data with other firms, known as trusted partners.
"Thousands of technology, finance and manufacturing companies are working closely with U.S. national security agencies, providing sensitive information and in return receiving benefits that include access to classified intelligence," it says, citing four anonymous sources.
The information is not just used to protect the United States but also to "help infiltrate computers of its adversaries, something that Edward Snowden alluded to in an interview with the South China Morning Post earlier this week. For example, Microsoft provides the intelligence sector with information about software bugs before it issues a fix to the public.
Wired carries a long profile of Keith Alexander, the head of the NSA, in which it says that the four-star general has beefed up NSA operations and equipped a secret cyber army with the ability to infiltrate, sabotage, and cause mayhem. "Now," says the intro, "it's ready to unleash hell.">
".....providing sensitive information and in return receiving benefits that include access to classified intelligence."
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