Press Esc to close
Monday 21 August 2017
News updated at 11:30 AM IST

US snooping programme had one server located in India: Report

London, Aug 1, 2013, (PTI): 20:55 IST
File photo.
A controversial US surveillance programme that sweeps Internet usage data had 700 snooping servers installed at 150 locations around the world, including one in India, according to a report.

The XKeyscore programme, run by the National Security Agency (NSA), allowed analysts to search through vast databases containing e-mails, online chats and browsing histories of millions of individuals, the Guardian reported, citing documents provided by whistleblower Edward Snowden.

A February 2008 training material presentation for the XKeyscore programme included a map of locations of the surveillance servers, one of which appeared to be near New Delhi, according to the Guardian report.

The NSA said XKeyscore is its "widest reaching" system to develop intelligence from computer networks, the Guardian said. The presentation claimed the program covers "nearly everything a typical user does on the Internet," including the content of e-mails, websites visited and searches.

US companies IBM, HP and Dell dominate the Indian server market, according to market research and analyst firm IDC. No Indian company makes computer or electronic chips that are key components of servers.

The United States House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence said in a statement the report was misleading and that "the program is simply a tool used by our intelligence analysts to better understand foreign intelligence, including terrorist targets overseas."

The statement added that the program does not target American citizens and is not used for indiscriminate monitoring of the Internet.

Go to Top

Photo Gallery
A butterfly on a flower at a park in Guwahati on...

A butterfly on a flower at a park in Guwahati on...

An artist giving finishing touches to the idols of Lord Ganesha during the upcoming...

An artist giving finishing touches to the idols of Lord Ganesha during the upcoming...

Villagers fishing in the flood-hit Balimukh village in Morigaon district of Assam...

Villagers fishing in the flood-hit Balimukh village in Morigaon district of Assam...

Women take part in an attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the largest 'Disco Dance' to...

Women take part in an attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the largest 'Disco Dance' to...

A villager carrying household items submerged in flood waters, at the flood-hit Balimukh...

A villager carrying household items submerged in flood waters, at the flood-hit Balimukh...

Legend cricketer Sachin Tendulkar with his fans during the 2nd edition of Mumbai Half Marathon...

Legend cricketer Sachin Tendulkar with his fans during the 2nd edition of Mumbai Half Marathon...

Fruit vendors row a boat as they look for customers inside the Dal Lake in Srinagar, the summer...

Fruit vendors row a boat as they look for customers inside the Dal Lake in Srinagar, the summer...

Bollywood actor Ranveer Singh walking the ramp at the Lakme Fashion Week Winter Festive 2017...

Bollywood actor Ranveer Singh walking the ramp at the Lakme Fashion Week Winter Festive 2017...

A flower composition is seen during the 48th Debrecen Flower Festival in Debrecen, 226 kms east...

A flower composition is seen during the 48th Debrecen Flower Festival in Debrecen, 226 kms east...

Bollywood actor Vidyut Jamwal showcases a creation by designer Kazingmei during Lakme Fashion...

Bollywood actor Vidyut Jamwal showcases a creation by designer Kazingmei during Lakme Fashion...

Like us on Facebook

Copyright 2017, The Printers (Mysore) Private Ltd., 75, M.G Road, Post Box 5331, Bengaluru - 560001
Tel: +91 (80) 25880000 Fax No. +91 (80) 25880523
Powered by Yodasoft Technologies Pvt. Ltd.