NSA surveillance retrospective: AT&T, Verizon never denied it

AT&T facility at 611 Folsom Street in San Francisco, which a former technician revealed included a "splitter cabinet" that diverted Internet traffic to the National Security Agency. The company never denied it.

(Credit: Declan McCullagh)

When Internet companies were recently accused of allowing the National Security Agency direct access to their servers, they strenuously denied it. But when AT&T was accused of allowing the NSA direct access to its network, it did the opposite.

Mark Klein, who worked as an AT&T technician for over 22 years, disclosed in 2006 (PDF) that he met with NSA officials and witnessed domestic Internet traffic being “diverted” through a “splitter cabinet” to secure room 641A in one of the company’s San Francisco facilities. Only NSA-cleared technicians were allowed to work on equipment in the SG3 secure room, Klein said, adding that he was told similar taps existed in other major cities.

AT&T never denied it. Instead, in defending a lawsuit brought by the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the company sought to downplay the reasons NSA-controlled hardware existed on its network.

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Posted in CNET on Jun 13th, 2013 by In The News Team   

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