Major Internet Service Providers Cooperating with NSA on Monitoring Traffic

Three of the nation’s largest Internet service providers are cooperating with a new National Security Agency program to sift through the traffic of major defense contractors with the goal of blocking cyberattacks by foreign adversaries, senior defense and industry officials say.

The novel program, which began last month on a voluntary, trial basis, relies on sophisticated NSA data sets to identify malicious programs slipped into the vast stream of Internet data flowing to the nation’s largest defense firms. Such attacks, including one last month against Bethesda-based Lockheed Martin, are nearly constant as rival nations and terrorist groups seek access to U.S. military secrets.

Well, that could be the start of something truly terrifying. Simply setting up the infrastructure to do this kind of monitoring is a very dangerous first step. I wonder how they’re intercepting traffic without violating the privacy rights of those communicating from inside the US for non-Terrorist reasons?

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