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An anonymous reader writes "Ordinary Internet users, American and non-American alike, far outnumber legally targeted foreigners in the communications intercepted by the National Security Agency from U.S. digital networks, according to a four-month investigation by The Washington Post.

Nine of 10 account holders found in a large cache of intercepted conversations, which former NSA contractor Edward Snowden provided in full to The Post, were not the intended surveillance targets but were caught in a net the agency had cast for somebody else.

Many of them were Americans. Nearly half of the surveillance files, a strikingly high proportion, contained names, e-mail addresses or other details that the NSA marked as belonging to U.S. citizens or residents. NSA analysts masked, or âoeminimized,â more than 65,000 such references to protect Americansâ(TM) privacy, but The Post found nearly 900 additional e-mail addresses, unmasked in the files, that could be strongly linked to U.S. citizens or U.S.residents."

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New Snowden leak: Of 160,000 intercepted messages, only 10% from offical targets

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  • Dont learn an international language.
    Dont befriend an international person.
    Dont let an international person befriend you.
    Dont use a foreign VPN or IP.
  • Damn, you beat me to the submission.

    Some points I was going to make:
    1. If the proportions of unintentional intercepts are accurate (the NSA refuses to comment) then over a million innocent people are currently having their daily lives monitored in unprecedented detail.
    2. These emails contained details of affairs, medical records, heartbreak, mental health issues, and everything else you can think of.
    3. If an NSA target entered a chat room, everyone else in that chat room became and NSA target. If the target

    • by AHuxley (892839)
      Every 2 hops or 3+ hops per interesting international person as they drifted around the internet?
      "Three degrees of separation: breaking down the NSA's 'hops' surveillance method" (29 October 2013)
      http://www.theguardian.com/wor... [theguardian.com]
      • yea, but that article is pretty tame compared to what's actually going on. First, it talks about "freinds" these people aren't even friends. It's everyone else at the guys ISP! or in a chat room he visited once. And what's worse, they don't see your data and say "oh, this guys unrelated... *delete*" they retain that data forever! It's mind boggling that they'd ever think this was legal. My only conclusion is that they know it's not and don't care. Which is the must terrifying conclusion of all.

        • by AHuxley (892839)
          Yes I was just hinting at the numbers and scale of the hops per person. It grows and they collect it all :)

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