ZDNet Explains PRISM Hypothetically

What is PRISM and how did the NSA go about wiretapping the Internet? ZDNet.com has published an article giving a hypothetical version of what PRISM is and how exactly it might have been implemented. The following is the editor’s note:

The following article should be treated as strictly hypothetical. It has been editorialized to simplify the content in certain areas, while maintaining as much technical detail as we can offer. Companies named in this article have been publicly disclosed, or used in example only. This piece should not be taken necessarily as fact but as a working theory that portrays only one possible implementation of the U.S. National Security Agency’s PRISM program as it may exist today. Several ZDNet writers contributed to this report.

The initial report was published in the Guardian. How closely the ZDNet article is to the actual events is up to the reader, but it’s worth checking out. For who knew, how deep the NSA went and if Microsoft, Yahoo, Google, Facebook, AOL, Skype, YouTube and Apple were complicit, stay tuned.

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