Googlers Say ‘F*** You’ to NSA, Company Encrypts Internal Network

Google employees lashed out at the NSA for its breaking into the company’s security system.

A couple of Google’s security systems specialists have publickly condemned the National Security Agency, with one of the employees accusing the NSA of breaking the law by intercepting communications on cables linking Google’s various data centers. Photo: Nicholas Chen/Flickr

Nobody at the U.S. National Security Agency or the British intelligence agency “will ever stand before a judge and answer for this industrial-scale subversion of the judicial process,” said Mike Hearn, an engineer at Google.

Hearn, who has worked at the Internet searching giant since 2006, claims on his Google plus page that he had worked on an “anti-hacking system” at the company for two years.

“We designed this system to keep criminals out. There’s no ambiguity here,” Hearn wrote. “Bypassing that system is illegal for a good reason,” he said, adding that the judicial system of warrants and rules of evidence provided an effective and time-honored way to prevent crime while limiting excessive intrusions into privacy.

The comments come after Brandon Downey’s ones, who identified himself as a network security engineer on his personal Google+ Web page.

“Fuck these guys,” he wrote. “I’ve spent the last ten years of my life trying to keep Google’s users safe and secure from the many diverse threats Google faces.”

“I’ve seen armies of machines DOS-ing Google. I’ve seen worms DOS’ing Google to find vulnerabilities in other people’s software. I’ve seen criminal gangs figure out malware. I’ve seen spyware masquerading as toolbars so thick it breaks computers because it interferes with the other spyware.”

He went on, adding: “I’ve even seen oppressive governments use state sponsored hacking to target dissidents. But even though we suspected this was happening, it still makes me terribly sad. It makes me sad because I believe in America.”

In a statement, Google’s chief legal officer, David Drummond, said the company was “outraged” by the latest revelations.

“We have long been concerned about the possibility of this kind of snooping, which is why we have continued to extend encryption across more and more Google services and links, especially the links in the slide,” he said.

Last week saw reports claiming that the U.S. National Security Agency had hacked the cables Google and Yahoo use to filter information between their cloud databases.

Citing data, unveiled by famous wistleblower Edward Snowden and interviews with knowledgeable sources, The Washington Post reported today that the NSA has hacked the cables two Internet searching giants use to shuttle information between their cloud databases.

Now the National Security Agency has at its disposal unfettered access to data from hundreds of millions of users.

“”We do not provide any government, including the US government, with access to our systems. We are outraged at the lengths to which the government seems to have gone to intercept data from our private fiber networks, and it underscores the need for urgent reform,” Google said at the time.

Yahoo said: “We have strict controls in place to protect the security of our data centers, and we have not given access to our data centers to the NSA or to any other government agency.”

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