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(Some Guy)   IT Professional outlines how PRISM could work based on what we know today   ( ashkansoltani.org) divider line
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1966 clicks; posted to Geek » on 19 Jun 2013 at 10:04 AM (4 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2013-06-19 11:21:23 AM  
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Steve Gibson, on the Security Now podcast, had a much better explanation.  I'm simplifying a bit, but he suggests that the NSA is using splitter devices on the fiber optic trunks running to the large carrier routers and then beam a copy of the data stream to their own devices for capture and processing.  This could be done without the consent or knowledge of Google and the other people that are saying the NSA does not have direct access to their servers.  That is technically true, the NSA just has access to all the data passing through the routers on the way to the servers.  Oh, and how do you split light?  Prisms.
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