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In San Francisco the "secret room" is Room 641A at 611 Folsom Street, the site of a large SBC phone building, three floors of which are occupied by AT&T. High-speed fiber-optic circuits come in on the 8th floor and run down to the 7th floor where they connect to routers for AT&T's WorldNet service, part of the latter's vital "Common Backbone." In order to snoop on these circuits, a special cabinet was installed and cabled to the "secret room" on the 6th floor to monitor the information going through the circuits. (The location code of the cabinet is 070177.04, which denotes the 7th floor, aisle 177 and bay 04.) The "secret room" itself is roughly 24-by-48 feet, containing perhaps a dozen cabinets including such equipment as Sun servers and two Juniper routers, plus an industrial-size air conditioner.
Another "Cut-In and Test Procedure" document dated January 24, 2003, provides diagrams of how AT&T Core Network circuits were to be run through the "splitter" cabinet (PDF 7). One page lists the circuit IDs of key Peering Links which were "cut-in" in February 2003 (PDF 8), including ConXion, Verio, XO, Genuity, Qwest, PAIX, Allegiance, AboveNet, Global Crossing, C&W, UUNET, Level 3, Sprint, Telia, PSINet and Mae West. By the way, Mae West is one of two key internet nodal points in the United States (the other, Mae East, is in Vienna, Virginia). It's not just WorldNet customers who are being spied on -- it's the entire internet.
Originally posted by jhn7537
I am so surprised that the Govt. is abusing the Patriot Act...
yea right, and no one is seeing this post either.
Obama: 'Nobody is listening to your telephone calls'
Originally posted by sheepslayer247
I think many of you are seeing this in the same light as I am. Why are we getting all worked up over Verizon and the NSA now.....when it has been proven to have occured long before this?
Are people not paying attention, or does everyone have a short attention span?
However, as long as they're "just" tracking phone numbers, there's really nothing we can do about it.
Originally posted by bg_socalif
The telecom's have been in bed with NSA since it's formation.
It's pretty much been common knowledge for quite a few years that the internet is monitored. Not sure why these revelations are a surprise to anyone.
Originally posted by cryptogee
There is lot of talk about backdoor to Google by the NSA.
Now I present the Backdoor to the NSA using Google.
Just type site:nsa.gov "pdf" in Google and see for yourself.
Here is a sample:
Key to Extraterrestrial Messages