The NSA project “Treasure Map”, and why it should alarm you

Newly exposed Snowden documents reveal the NSA’s in-depth plan to “map the entire Internet — any device, anywhere, all the time.”

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Image Credit: Scott Howard

Image Credit: Scott Howard

According to a report published today by German news publication Der Spiegel, the NSA and its British counterpart, GCHQ, “[aim] to map the Internet, and not just the large traffic channels, such as telecommunications cables. It also seeks to identify the devices across which our data flows, so-called routers.” The program “allows for the creation of an ‘interactive map of the global Internet’ in ‘near real-time,’” the report said.

This program, dubbed “Treasure Map,” was first revealed late last year by the NY Times. But at the time, intelligence officials apparently told the NY Times that Treasure Map “is not used for surveillance…but to understand computer networks.”

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