Google engineers curse out NSA over data center intrusion

anger, rage

Outraged Google engineers are using public posts to blast the National Security Service in eloquent — and very salty — language over reports the spy service has been tapping into the company’s private fiber-optic cables.

“I now join [my colleague] in issuing a giant [eff] You to the people who made these slides,” wrote Zurich-based engineer, Mike Hearn, in a Google+ post that refers to leaked documents showing that the NSA has infiltrated private data centers at Google and Yahoo.

Hearn laments that by-passing the company’s security service is illegal, but that no one at the spy services who disregarded the laws will “stand before a judge and answer for this industrial-scale subversion of the judicial process.”

And last week, a member of Google’s security team offered thoughts in a blog post of his own.

“[eff] these guys,” wrote Brandon Doyle, expressing anguish that he has spent a decade protecting Google users from spyware and criminal gangs, only to find his own government has broken into the systems. He offers this pithy summary of his feelings:

“It’s just a little like coming home from War with Sauron, destroying the One Ring, only to discover the NSA is on the front porch of the Shire chopping down the Party Tree and outsourcing all the hobbit farmers with half-orcs and whips.”

The engineers were speaking for themselves, not Google, though chairman Eric Schmidt on Monday took to CNN to blast the NSA’ activities as an overstep.

Some will find it rich, of course, to hear Google, which has been evermore blithe about exploiting its own users’ data, complain about the government’s lack of due process. Still, the blog posts provide an interesting, unfiltered view from engineers about the still-unfolding spy scandal.

(Image by ollyy via Shutterstock)

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