Friday, 30 January 2015

Canadian Secret Service Would Monitor Millions Of Downloads

Canadian secret service would monitor millions of daily downloads of Internet users, such as videos, photos, music and other files, according to documents Edward Snowden. According to the documents, the Levitation program of the Canadian Communications Security Establishment (CSE) downloads in several European countries, the Middle East, North Africa and North America monitors.

Ron Deibert, director of the Citizen Lab at the University of Toronto, the program compares with a "giant X-ray machine on our digital lives." Any files that users download and upload to popular websites and are collected and analyzed, says Deibert. The download and upload details are kept in a total of 102 different file sharing sites. Only three sites are mentioned by name, ie Rapidshare, SendSpace and the now defunct Megaupload.

The data would be collected directly by tapping the internet cables. Then the IP address of each computer that files downloaded from the websites collected in question. Analysts of the CFE use the IP addresses then in other surveillance databases where they have access to. In this way can be determined on the basis of the collected IP addresses which sites these people even more visits and in some cases what their Google or Facebook accounts.

The documents show that the CSE kept a list of 2,200 special downloads that was suspicious or interesting. Internet users who have downloaded these files could possibly get extra attention from the secret service, says The Intercept that the news about the spying program with CBC News brought out. The documents do not specify whether the Levitation program has ever helped prevent a terrorist attack.

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