Google engineers over surveillance scandal: ‘Fuck you NSA’


On Tuesday, the Washington Post revealed a few more NSA slides released by Edward Snowden, which revealed that the spy agency NSA was infiltrating the private data links between Google and Yahoo data centers as part of a program called MUSCULAR.

Chairman and former CEO of Google Eric Schmidt says the company’s executives are shocked by allegations that the National Security Agency has been collecting data from the search engine’s servers. “It’s really outrageous that the NSA was looking between the Google data centers, if that’s true,” he said.

Overnight, Two Google’s Security engineers – Mike Hearn and  Brandon Downey expressed reasonable anger about the news on Google+, said “Fuck these guys“, where these represent NSA and GCHQ.

I’ve spent the last ten years of my life trying to keep Google’s users safe and secure from the many diverse threats Google faces.

Fuck You to the people who made these slides. I am not American, I am a Brit, but it’s no different – GCHQ turns out to be even worse than the NSA.

We designed this system to keep criminals out.

These are their own opinion, not an official statement from Google. According to them, NSA, in its efforts to protect freedom and democracy, has in short order wholly compromised freedom and democracy.

Nobody at GCHQ or the NSA will ever stand before a judge and answer for this industrial-scale subversion of the judicial process. In the absence of working law enforcement, we therefore do what internet engineers have always done – build more secure software. The traffic shown in the slides below is now all encrypted and the work the NSA/GCHQ staff did on understanding it, ruined.

He also says “Thank you Edward Snowden. For me personally, this is the most interesting revelation all summer.

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