NSA Tool Tracks All Internet Conversations, Says Guardian

Source: Suzanne Choney / NBC News

Americans’ email and online chats can be monitored without authorization by any National Security Agency analyst using a computer program known as “XKeyscore,” according to NSA leaker Edward Snowden, who shared the information with the Guardian in a story published Wednesday.

XKeyscore is described by the NSA in training materials as its “widest reaching” means of gathering information from the Internet, according to the Guardian. Using the program, “analysts can also search by name, telephone number, IP address, keywords, the language in which the Internet activity was conducted or the type of browser used.”

NSA analysts “can also use XKeyscore and other NSA systems to obtain ongoing ‘real-time’ interception of an individual’s Internet activity,” the Guardian said.

The NSA documents contend that by the year 2008, 300 terrorists had been captured using information gathered with XKeyscore, the newspaper said.

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