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Tempora – GCHQ computer system

About Tempora Tempora is the codeword for a formerly secret computer system that is used by the British Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ). This system is used to buffer most Internet communications that are extracted from fibre-optic cables, so these can be processed and searched at a later time. It was tested since 2008 and became […]

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A look at BULLRUN – NSA decryption program

Introduction BULLRUN, or Bullrun, is a program which is run by the NSA. The goal of the program is to crack the encryption of online communications, like encrypted browsing traffic (SSL/TLS connections), Secure Shell sessions (SSH) and encryption methods used by messaging apps, such as WhatsApp. The GCHQ of the UK has a similar program […]

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PRISM – NSA program

Introduction In this article, I’m going to cover the NSA mass surveillance program PRISM. What is PRISM? From Wikipedia, slightly edited by me: “PRISM is a code name for a program started in 2007 under which the United States National Security Agency (NSA) collects internet communications from various U.S. internet companies. The program is also […]

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Mass surveillance series – Introduction

Lately I’ve been reading a lot about mass surveillance programs and I want to share some information about them. The surveillance programs I’m going to discuss are mostly used by the United States NSA (National Security Agency) and UK’s GCHQ (Government Communications Headquarters). Most of the time I will gather links I’ve found across the […]

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