Headline of the day: The snitch in your in-box

Another gem from the London Daily Mail:

REVEALED: Yahoo ‘secretly scanned the incoming emails of hundreds of millions of customers for the FBI and NSA’ while Edward Snowden urges people to delete their accounts

  • Sources say company complied with classified U.S. government directive
  • They scanned hundreds of millions of Yahoo Mail accounts at the behest of the National Security Agency or FBI 
  • Intelligence officials wanted Yahoo to search for a set of characters
  • Yahoo Chief Executive Marissa Mayer’s decision to obey the directive roiled senior executives, former employers claim
  • It also led to the departure of Chief Information Security Officer Alex Stamos, who now holds the top security job at Facebook, in June 2015
  • Not known what data – if any – was handed over
  • Raises questions about whether intelligence officials approached other email providers with the same kind of request
  • Microsoft, Google, Apple and Twitter have all issued statements denying similar activity within their companies

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