The U.S. NSA is collecting phone records of millions of Verizon Communications customers, according to a secret court order obtained by the Guardian.
The U.S. NSA is collecting phone records of millions of customers Verizon, the second telephone company in the country. The shocking news has been revealed by ‘Guardian‘ whose journalists had access to a “Top Secret” court order, signed by Judge Roger Vinson, issued in April against Verizon.
The order obliges the Verizon company to deliver the daily list of calls, “both within the Member States and between the United States and other countries.”
The order was issued by the U.S. The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court directs Verizon’s Business Network Services Inc and Verizon Business Services units to hand over electronic data including all calling records on an “ongoing, daily basis” until the order expires on July 19, 2013. Curious that order forbids disclosure of the order’s existence.
The order reveals that is ongoing a massive collection of communications records of millions of Americans, each citizen is intercepted regardless of whether he was suspected of some crime. It must be considered that the order covers each phone number dialed by every Verizon’s customer including location and routing data, duration and frequency of the calls, but not collecting the contents of the communications.
The revelation is embarrassing for the Obama administration, since now authorities and law enforcement haven’t commented the news, a source close to the judiciary has confirmed the authenticity of the order.
A spokesman for the National Security Agency announced:
“We will respond as soon as we can,” .
The news is arousing great noise, let’s consider that US Government has been severely criticized for many other law proposals that violate citizen’s privacy.
“That’s not the society we’ve built in the United States,” “It’s not the society we set forth in the Constitution, and it’s not the society we should have.” commented Kurt Opsahl, an attorney at the Electronic Frontier Foundation.
The order is the demonstration of advanced surveillance conducted by the US Government that began under the administration of President George W. Bush.
AT&T Inc, the biggest telephone company of US did not provide any comment when asked if the government had made a similar request for its data.
It can be expected that other providers have been achieved by similar court orders.
Pierluigi Paganini is member of the ENISA (European Union Agency for Network and Information Security) Threat Landscape Stakeholder Group and Cyber G7 Group, he is also a Security Evangelist, Security Analyst and Freelance Writer.
Editor-in-Chief at "Cyber Defense Magazine", Pierluigi is a cyber security expert with over 20 years experience in the field, he is Certified Ethical Hacker at EC Council in London. The passion for writing and a strong belief that security is founded on sharing and awareness led Pierluigi to find the security blog "Security Affairs" recently named a Top National Security Resource for US.
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