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Yahoo scanned user emails at US government's request

2016-10-04 17:47 by


A recent report from Reuters has revealed that Yahoo had snooped on millions of its users' email accounts. It turns out that last year the company built software to secretly scan its users emails on behalf of the US government. The agencies were reportedly searching for a specific set of characters, which is yet unknown.

US law allows the country's intelligence agencies to order the release of customer data that they believe could prevent a terrorist attack, among other reasons. The FBI and NSA didn't immediately respond to requests for comment.

"Yahoo is a law abiding company, and complies with the laws of the United States," a Yahoo spokesman said in an email.

Last week Yahoo announced it was the victim of a "state sponsored" hack that leaked the personal details of over 500 million of its users.

Read the full Reuters story -here-


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