"The order was unusual because it involved the systematic scanning of all Yahoo users’ emails rather than individual accounts; several other tech companies said they had not encountered such a demand.News of the order has opened a new chapter in a public debate over the trade-offs between security needs and privacy rights that has cast a spotlight on the sometimes cooperative, sometimes antagonistic relationship between Silicon Valley companies and the United States government ...
"Details of Yahoo’s cooperation with the court order come two weeks after the company reported that hackers had broken into its computer network, stealing the credentials of 500 million users. Yahoo engineers discovered the breach this summer, two years after it had occurred"
delhel said: Chargum85 said: You do know that almost all email is still unencrypted.
Anyone can simple sniff internet traffic to capture almost everything. Its been a while since email goes via https; simple sniffing wont work.
Email doesn't use HTTP or HTTPS, it uses SMTP. Just because you read it with a web browser doesn't mean it was sent to Google or Yahoo via a web browser. If it came from off-network, it used SMTP. Which is not encrypted.
oppidum said: bighitter said: For those who pay for Yahoo Email through Yahoo's Small Business service or personal email (Yahoo Email Plus), this New York Times article may be of interest to you. Why would it be of interest particularly to people who pay for Yahoo email (small business or personal account)?
As far as I am aware, just because you pay for a Yahoo email account, it doesn't mean you are protected from this sort of surveillance. I think you are probably right. When I originally posted, I was thinking about people I know who own small businesses and who use Yahoo Small Business with their own domain name. They exchange emails with their accountants, lawyers and customers, and I hope for their sake they haven't been sending sensitive information. I realize that they shouldn't be sending sensitive information via email but I'm surprised how many people think it is OK to do so. .
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