Hacker group from Syria named “Syrian Electronic Army” hacked some of the internal invoices of Microsoft, in which it is clearly shown that Microsoft charges a secret FBI division to collect or view customer information.
SEA contacted The Daily Dot to analyze the emails and documents they hacked, before they released for public.
What is inside the hacked stuff?
The hacked stuff contains emails and invoice documenting of months of transaction between Microsoft’s Global Criminal Compliance team and the FBI’s Digital Intercept Technology Unit (DITU.)
Whenever DITU requested any of the customer information, Microsoft charged FBI from $50 to $200. In a whole month it reached in hundreds of dollars, so you can guess how much information FBI requests per month. If we talk about the recent invoice for November 2013, it totals $281,000. There is not any confirmation from the Microsoft and DITU, but a specialist told the daily dot-there is not something in the documents which indicates them as Fake.
Well, it is not a Illegal method as it is already publically disclosed that Microsoft and other companies can legally charge government for information requests, Microsoft also explain once again to The Verge that this is a standard procedure:
“Regarding law enforcement requests, there’s nothing unusual here, Under US law, companies can seek reimbursement for costs associated with complying with valid legal orders for customer data. We attempt to recover some of the costs associated with any such orders.”
Now, it is revealed that how frequently government needs information from the tech companies. The DITU allegedly requested information from Microsoft hundreds of times a month, and it appears that the government can buy customer information by simply shooting the right person an email.
After the tweet, in which SEA shows how much Microsoft charges for your personal information, one more tweet comes, in which SEA attached a screenshot to show, your emails are also shared with Private Law Firm:
— SyrianElectronicArmy (@Official_SEA16) March 21, 2014
VIA: The Verge | The Daily Dot