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NSA Impersonates Google to Spy on Web Users

| by Michael Allen

According to new data revealed by National Security Agency (NSA) whistleblower Edward Snowden, the NSA has used a "man in the middle" (MITM) hack to impersonate the search engine giant Google.

The Brazilian news channel Globo TV recently aired a report, aided by The Guardian's Glenn Greenwald, that exposed how the U.S. government spied on the Brazilian oil company Petrobras. Also included in the broadcast was information on how the NSA impersonates Google to get user data.

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The Globo TV broadcast showed slides from a 2012 NSA presentation explaining how NSA operatives log into a router used by an internet service provider (ISP) and divert users to a fake Google site, where all the data entered by users is then relayed to the NSA.

However, it's not known if this router hack is done with the permission of the ISP's owner.

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In response to this report, Google spokesperson Jay Nancarrow told Mother Jones: "As for recent reports that the U.S. government has found ways to circumvent our security systems, we have no evidence of any such thing ever occurring. We provide our user data to governments only in accordance with the law."

Sources: Mother Jones and Globo TV