ONE-EYED MONSTER

U.K. Spied on Naked Webchats

The British spy agency GCHQ, along with its trusty sidekick the NSA, took and kept millions of webcam images from Yahoo chats, including of users who were not suspected of doing anything wrong. In just one six-month period in 2008 (i.e. when people still used Yahoo) the program, codenamed Optic Nerve, collected webcam images from over 1.8 million Yahoo accounts around the world. Yahoo denies knowledge of the program and called it “a whole new level of violation of our users’ privacy.”