In the eyes of the world, Google can essentially do no wrong. They are akin to a superhero of the tech industry. However, even superheroes have dark, alter-egos. Yahoo is theirs and the company is up to some dirty tricks. Here are five things to know about it.
1. EVIL GOOGLE: YAHOO SECRETLY SPIES ON CUSTOMERS
Reports say that the failing search engine built a secret custom program that searches all of its customer’s incoming emails for certain information need by U.S. intelligence authorities. Three former employees said admitted to the custom code. Furthermore, it was written in secret as a request from the U.S. government.
2: EVIL GOOGLE: YAHOO WORKS FOR NSA AND FBI
The NSA and FBI had the program scan hundreds of millions of accounts. The former employees also said a fourth person was involved who knew of such events but remains anonymous. Experts say this is the first case of the U.S. internet company in which they agree to the FBI or NSA’s request by looking through all incoming messages. Previously, they would just look through stored messaged or look through a small number of accounts at a time.
3: EVIL GOOGLE: YAHOO EMPLOYEES REVOLT
According to former employees, many didn’t like Chief Executive Marissa Mayer’s call to obey the NSA and FBI. Other senior executives rebelled. Specifically, head security officer Alex Stamos. Stamos now has the top security role at Facebook. Furthermore, Facebook just rolled out an impressive privacy feature for its popular messenger app.
4. EVIL GOOGLE: YAHOO BREAKS THE FOURTH AMENDMENT
Some say this incident is the worse case of privacy breach ever seen. While the U.S. internet company is not being charged with anything yet, they flirting with danger. Hence, their sneaky ways have some serious Fourth Amendment implications.
5. GOOGLE AND FACEBOOK WILL NOT FOLLOW YAHOO INTO DARKNESS
The good guys of the internet are not participating in these evil ways. They said on Tuesday that they had never taken part in such email searches nor do they ever plan to. Furthermore, Twitter also said it has never received a request like that.