(Ping! Zine Web Tech Magazine) – British government agency, GCHQ, has been intercepting millions of images from webcams across the globe, reports The Washington Post.
According to documents leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, the surveillance program codenamed Optic Nerve, collected images of Yahoo webcam users dating back from 2008 to 2010, which included large amounts of sexually explicit images from more than 1.8 million users globally.
The British spying agency reportedly used Yahoo to intercept images because “Yahoo webcam is known to be used by GCHQ targets.”
Yahoo denied any knowledge of the Optic Nerve program and said it does not condone such activity.
“We were not aware of, nor would we condone, this reported activity,” said a spokeswoman. “This report, if true, represents a whole new level of violation of our users’ privacy that is completely unacceptable, and we strongly call on the world’s governments to reform surveillance law consistent with the principles we outlined in December.”