After the Washington Post uncovered the existence of a secret National Security Administration and FBI program called PRISM – which allows the agencies to take photos, video, emails and chats from the servers of nine different internet companies, including Microsoft, Facebook, Google and Apple – hackers associated with Anonymous leaked 13 documents they claim detail the specifics of the program.
"These documents prove that the NSA is spying on you, and not just Americans. They are spying on the citizens of over 35 different countries," a statement posted with the leak says. "Like we said, this is happening in over 35 countries, and done in cooperation with private businesses, and intelligence partners world wide. We bring this to you, So that you know just how little rights you have. Your privacy and freedoms are slowly being taken from you, in closed door meetings, in laws buried in bills, and by people who are supposed to be protecting you."
The documents also explain the Department of Defense's Global Information Grid, the "organizing construct for achieving Net-Centric operations and warfare in the Department of Defense," according to the documents. At least some of the documents have been publicly released by the Department of Defense.
The 13 documents total thousands of pages, but among them include reports on the "Information Sharing Environment," "Suspicious Activity Reporting," a list of names from the Intelligence and National Security Alliance (an intelligence research group) spy list, reports on the Department of Defense's "Information Enterprise" and a discussion about the government's "Net Centric Environment."
Here are some screenshots of the documents, and here is a link to Anonymous' leak if you want to look through all of them.
Page 55 of the Enterprise Architecture Transition Strategy:
From the Intelligence and National Security Alliance:
- With PRISM, FBI Has No 'Going Dark' Argument
- Blog Buzz: Obama, Can You Hear Me Now?
- NSA Data Taps Only for ‘Reasonable Suspicion’
Updated 06/07/13: This article has been updated to reflect the public availability of some of the documents referenced in the story.