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The tool was discovered by Yahoo cybersecurity experts in May 2015. They originally believed that the company had been hacked.
The demand to spy on all Yahoo’s users was classified. This may be the broadest surveillance ever disclosed to the public. It’s not clear whether other American tech companies are now, or have ever been, under similar orders.
Right on the heels of news that Yahoo was hacked by a foreign state-sponsored actor, putting some 500 million users at risk, it turns out the Americans were eavesdropping as well.
Patrick Howell O'Neill is a notable cybersecurity reporter whose work has focused on the dark net, national security, and law enforcement. A former senior writer at the Daily Dot, O'Neill joined CyberScoop in October 2016. I am a cybersecurity journalist at CyberScoop. I cover the security industry, national security and law enforcement.