The NSA has been using a technique known as “deep packet inspection” (DPI) to send a massive amount of encrypted data from people who are part of the US government to people who aren’t.
The practice has been known to some of the world’s biggest technology companies, and was first spotted by journalist Jason Zweig in 2013, but until now, it hadn’t been widely known.
“The technique, first described by Zweigs, involves collecting large amounts of email addresses from millions of people in the US,” Reuters reported.
“It’s a massive effort and the NSA has repeatedly claimed it doesn’t collect metadata, which is used to track people’s emails and other online activity.”
But the NSA claims it collects no metadata, and says the techniques are designed to target people who might not be interested in the NSA’s agenda.””
The NSA says it only uses the data it collects to target US persons and not foreign targets,” the article continued.”
However, a document obtained by Reuters from the NSA, and seen by Reuters, shows that in the last six months, the NSA was sending up to 100 billion emails, more than the entire US internet population, and that its metadata collection had included email addresses, phone numbers and other personal details.””
This is more than 100 times the size of the NSA internet footprint in the past five years,” the news source added.”
What’s more, the documents reveal that in January, the agency sent about 5 billion emails to US persons, which includes more than 2.5 billion people.
“By contrast, emails sent to non-US persons contained just 0.1 per cent of the total email volume sent by the US in January.”
The news agency also reported that the NSA had been using the technique for more than a year and “it’s been in use since 2013.”
“According to a senior intelligence official who spoke on condition of anonymity because the official wasn’t authorized to discuss the matter publicly, the technique has been in development for years and has been the subject of extensive technical analysis, including a review by the National Security Agency’s Office of Inspector General,” the outlet said.
“After being deployed in 2013 by the FBI, the tactic has been used by other US agencies, including the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), the IRS, the Department of Homeland Security, and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).”
“The FBI used DPI in 2013 and 2016 to target Americans living in the United States and the Department Of Justice (DOJ), the Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with the matter,” the report added.
In the document, the FBI claimed it had deployed DPI to target “millions of Americans in the UK, US, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, India, Hong Kong, Singapore, France, Italy, Brazil, South Korea, Germany, Spain, Portugal, Turkey, Canada and other countries.”
“Since 2013, the US has deployed DPT to target thousands of foreign nationals,” the agency said, noting that it had already used the technique “to target millions of US persons.”
“There are more than 20,000 people in prison in the USA for DPT offences,” the FBI continued.
“More than 1,000 individuals are currently awaiting trial on DPT charges.””DPS was also deployed in the FBI’s DIA case against two Americans for their roles in the 9/11 attacks,” the US news outlet added.
“The FBI has deployed more than 50,000 DPT investigations and seized more than $100 billion in assets.”
“Over the past year, the Obama administration has used DPT extensively to target millions in foreign nationals across the globe,” the Washington Post said.
“It’s used by the CIA, FBI, NSA, Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), FBI, DEA, DOJ, DHS, US Marshals Service, US Customs Service, FBI National Academy, US Navy, US Air Force, US National Counterterrorism Center, US Attorney General, US Immigration and Customs Enforcement, US Treasury Department, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, and other government agencies and their contractors.”
“At the height of DPT in 2013 the FBI seized more assets in the process than in any previous year,” the newspaper said.
Last week, the Intercept published documents revealing that the FBI had been monitoring Twitter accounts of suspected terrorist suspects in order to build a profile of the accounts.
The documents were published by a group called the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), which has been working on a campaign to expose the FBI and the intelligence agencies use of the technology.
“We’ve seen that the tools being used by US government agencies to monitor people on Twitter and other social media are also being used to gather information on foreign nationals, including on a wide scale,” the EFF said.
The Intercept also published documents showing