Following the recent reports on one of the biggest security leaks in the history of US’s based NSA about PRISM, new reports revels about how Indian cyber space is one of the most scrutinized market by US.
PRISM, is a global privacy breach surveillance program led by US which helped its government to obtain emails, VoIP, social networking details, and more data from countries across globe, with the help of top tech giants of US viz Microsoft, Facebook, Google, Skype, Youtube, Apple.
A recent report by Guardian has revealed about Boundless Informant – The NSA’s powerful tool for cataloging global surveillance data, has collected more than 6.3 billion pieces of intelligent data from India in the month of March 2013 alone. Largest amount of intelligence was gathered from Iran, with more than 14bn reports in that period, followed by 13.5bn and 12.7bn from Pakistan and Jordan respectively. Egypt fourth with 7.6bn and India fifth with 6.3bn.
Boundless Informant is National Security Agency’s (NSA) data-mining tool, which gathers secret information and provide country based maps based on the volume of data it collects from computer and telephone networks. The US govt earlier denied any act of data mining by the PRISM.
Post PRISM news, last week ISP association (Internet Service Providers Association of India) has also asked Indian government to get companies like Google, Facebook to setup local servers. The association has also written to several other economies to take right measure for the same.
The Guardian, also suggested that UK government might also have links with PRISM. Foreign Secretary of UK William Hague who is due to address reports today in UK’s house of commons has so far refused to confirm or deny that Britain had receive the secretly collected data.
The global issue, no doubt has gained criticism from various governments. With global economies, opposing PRISM at their best level, Obama Administration is finding itself in a whirlwind of controversy.