Friday, February 26, 2010
Google, NSA alliance posing security threats to users
A deal between Internet giant Google and the US National Security Agency on cyber-attacks may pose serious threats to other countries' national security and Internet users.
Analysts worry the collaboration would allow Google's data to flow to the spy agency. Journalists and experts have announced their concern over the deal, as the National Security Agency (NSA) is known for intercepting private data.
During the Cold War, NSA worked with companies like Western Union to intercept and read millions of telegrams.
During the so-called US war on terror, the NSA has teamed up with telecommunications companies to eavesdrop on phone calls and Internet traffic.
Google, founded by Larry Page and Sergey Brin in 1998, has become the world's largest Internet search engine.
It runs more than 1 million servers in data centers around the world, processes more than 1 billion search requests and 20 petabytes of user-generated data every day.