NSA Finally Reveals How PRISM Works


The NSA has finally decided to tell the world how the Internet surveillance program PRISM works, though it's been almost a year since its existence was revealed by one of the very first Edward Snowden leaks.

On Tuesday, the spy agency released a report on Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), which is the legal justification for PRISM. The document explains how the NSA collects Internet data but, perhaps unsurprisingly, it reveals almost nothing new.

However, even though it doesn't go into many technical details, it appears to confirm that the program pretty much works the way two security researchers theorized back in June.

Ashkan Soltani, a security and privacy researcher, along with another researcher, nicknamed semipr0, drew up an infographic based on the information leaked by Snowden, as well as news reports.

In their model, PRISM is a system with which the NSA requests data from tech companies, through the FBI. The tech companies then send the requested information to the spy agency via different technical..

Read more: http://mashable.com/2014/04/22/nsa-prism-report/