Black woman on yahoo webcam videos

GCHQ collected images from the webcam chats of over 1.8 million users globally in a six-month period in 2008 alone. spy agencies has riled public and politicians on both sides of the Atlantic."It is a long-standing policy that we do not comment on intelligence matters," a GCHQ spokesperson said on Thursday. Yahoo, which was apparently chosen because its webcam system was known to be used by GCHQ targets, expressed outrage at the reported surveillance.Optic Nerve, which began as a prototype in 2008 and was still active in 2012, was intended to test automated facial recognition, monitor GCHQ's targets and uncover new ones, the Guardian said.

Their logic for doing so is hard to argue with, too. Agents were given very strict rules governing access to these images, so it’s not like they sat around forwarding them to each others’ self-destructing smartphones using Snapchat.

See, their highly-trained operatives had heard that a “webcam is known to be used by GCHQ targets.” Clearly, that’s all the justification that’s needed to begin capturing private digital video transmissions in the 21st century.

Feross Aboukhadijeh, who brought it to the attention of Adobe.

After weeks without a response, Aboukhadijeh decided to make the glitch publicly known, in an attempt to force Adobe's hand.

It reportedly captured one image every five minutes, which it did from around 1.8 million unique Yahoo accounts.

In addition to getting a massive stash of the kind of “useful” images they were after (think mugshot-style that would allow for facial recognition software to identify potential troublemakers), they scored an unexpected bonus: loads of amateur porn.

) Edward Snowden, the Optic Nerve program was active as late as 2012 and involves millions of images — including lots of naughty ones — from users who aren't suspected of any wrongdoing, including U. But if an agent knew the username of one of their surveillance targets, they'd also be able to access "webcam images associated with similar Yahoo identifiers." As it turns out, British spies had a bit of trouble dealing with all the people who use webcams in various states of undress.

Optic Nerve allowed the GCHQ to collect one screenshot every five minutes from Yahoo's webcams, without the knowledge of the company or its users. The UK accessed the cameras through existing taps on cable connections in the country.

"We are committed to preserving our users' trust and security and continue our efforts to expand encryption across all of our services." Snowden, now in Russia after fleeing the United States, made world headlines last summer when he provided details of NSA surveillance programs to the Guardian and the Washington Post.

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