Many of the images obtained were very personal ones and could be used to either embarrass or blackmail users.Reports in the UK say that NSA engineers helped GCHQ develop the Optic Nerve program.
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Earlier this year, tech site Arstechnica revealed that one of the 'slave forums' had 23 million total posts, where ‘ratters’ boasted about their ‘slaves’ posting pictures, mainly of women, unaware that they were being watched.‘We have transitioned into a world where law enforcement is hacking into people’s computers, and we have never had public debate,’ Christopher Soghoian, principal technologist for the American Civil Liberties Union told the Post. and British spy agencies were able to harvest huge amounts of data - including emails and search history - on millions of people by tapping into internet servers.
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) Edward Snowden, the Optic Nerve program was active as late as 2012 and involves millions of images — including lots of naughty ones — from users who aren't suspected of any wrongdoing, including U. But if an agent knew the username of one of their surveillance targets, they'd also be able to access "webcam images associated with similar Yahoo identifiers." As it turns out, British spies had a bit of trouble dealing with all the people who use webcams in various states of undress.
Optic Nerve allowed the GCHQ to collect one screenshot every five minutes from Yahoo's webcams, without the knowledge of the company or its users. The UK accessed the cameras through existing taps on cable connections in the country.