The National Security Agency has tapped directly into communications
links used by Google and Yahoo to move huge amounts of email and other
user information among overseas data centers, the Washington Post
reported on Wednesday.
The report, based on secret NSA documents
leaked by former contractor Edward Snowden, appears to show the agency
has used weak restrictions on its overseas activities to exploit major
U.S. companies' data to a far greater extent than realized.
Post said the operation gained access to a cable or switch that relayed
the traffic through an unnamed telecommunications provider. (Getty)