A large number of those images were, unsurprisingly, naked pictures taken from sexually explicit webcam sessions. And how worried should you be that something like this might happen again?
Once again, a new revelation showed the ugly side of the Government who are conducting Global Mass surveillance and previous documents leaked by the whistleblower Edward Snowden have defaced the US Intelligence Agency NSA, who were taking care of a number of projects like PRISM, XKeyscore, DROPOUTJEEP, and various others to carry out surveillance of millions of people.
Now, it has been revealed that the US National Security Agency (NSA) helped its British counterpart, the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), to allegedly capture and store nude images and others from webcam chats of millions of unsuspecting Yahoo users, The Guardian reported.
Many of the images obtained were very personal ones and could be used to either embarrass or blackmail users.
Reports in the UK say that NSA engineers helped GCHQ develop the Optic Nerve program.
Many have either claimed or speculated that one way the NSA and other U. spy agencies got around the prohibition of spying on Americans was to let a third party do it for them. News reports, based on the leaks of NSA information by Edward Snowden, say that GCHQ stored millions of images gleaned from its webcam surveillance.
According to the New York Times, the Australian Signals Directorate tapped a U. law firm representing Indonesian interests and offered their intercepts to the NSA. These images can be retrieved in various ways, including the use of advanced face recognition systems, so seemingly unrelated video chats from different computers and with different names or web addresses, can be linked together.
First of all, it's important to clarify that the GCHQ is not accused of hacking into computers and intercepting webcam feeds directly from the machines of Yahoo users, like hackers can by installing RAT (Remote Access Tool) malware on a victim's laptop or PC.
Furthermore, the GCHQ did not need Yahoo's cooperation to execute its webcam spying project.
The method the GCHQ reportedly used was to tap directly into fiber optic cables passing through the UK to collect one image of a Yahoo user using their webcams every five minutes, as part of its Project Tempora, according to .