Plus the technology, to put it mildly, barely works.
I'm not sure what else to take away from reports that GCHQ intercepted and viewed Yahoo webcam images in bulk.
GCHQ files dating between 20 explicitly state that a surveillance program codenamed Optic Nerve collected still images of Yahoo webcam chats in bulk and saved them to agency databases, regardless of whether individual users were an intelligence target or not.
If I were a British citizen, I wouldn't know whether to be exponentially more self-conscious or disappointed that I hadn't put on what I can assure you would be one hell of a naked show for these privacy-invading bastards.
Yahoo, understandably, is pissed, indicating that it had no knowledge of this program and that this is an entirely new level of violating its customers' privacy.
But Ravi’s and Wei’s attorneys and friends recently agreed to give some details in an attempt to dispel the widespread image of the pair as peeping toms who broadcast a fellow teen having sex on the internet.
"When the forensic evidence from all the seized computers is revealed, the truth will come out," said Steve Altman, Ravi’s attorney.
Optic Nerve was based on collecting information from GCHQ's huge network of internet cable taps, which was then processed and fed into systems provided by the NSA. First, there is no safeguard keeping images of America citizens out of the grasp of Optic Nerve. They're also holding onto and using these images, which certainly include British citizens and likely include American citizens as well.
Webcam information was fed into NSA's XKeyscore search tool, and NSA research was used to build the tool which identified Yahoo's webcam traffic. Let's not mince words: the cooperation between the two agencies likely means that the NSA has webcam images of American citizens in their storage houses.
" It may seem like a small point, but do we really want to trust an agency that doesn't realize how personal our communications are in collecting those same personal communications? The question has always been when will that final straw have been placed on the peoples' backs such that they are unwilling to put up with this government abuse any longer.
If the government peeking into your homes through your webcam doesn't do it, nothing will.
However, analysts were shown the faces of people with similar usernames to surveillance targets, potentially dragging in large numbers of innocent people.