The British spy agency intercepted and stored text and images from millions of Yahoo video chats, according to a report on the latest Snowden leaks.
That includes the chat logs of both American and British citizens, as well as adult material that was transmitted via webcam.
(NASDAQ: YHOO) closed all of its user-created chat rooms due to controversy over sexually explicit channels aimed at minors.
After a Houston, Texas television station KPRC reported on chat room names such as "Girls 13 And Under For Older Guys" and "Girls 13 And Up For Much Older Men" that were aimed at sex with children, the publicly held business Yahoo!
Other internet portals, such as AOL and MSN, also allow users to create their own chat rooms. in that they are subscription based, and only allow access to the rooms if the user is a subscriber to the service. The result is software providers who take a "hands-off" approach grant internet users the ability to add and create content to the World Wide Web that opens the door to contributions that range from great to sometimes objectionable, to out-right illegal, and often enlightening.
It would appear that a surprising number of people use webcam conversations to show intimate parts of their body to the other person.Also, the fact that the Yahoo software allows more than one person to view a webcam stream without necessarily sending a reciprocal stream means that it appears sometimes to be used for broadcasting pornography." Camgirls of the world: GCHQ has been ripping you off.Codenamed Optic Nerve, the operation saved images to GCHQ databases, regardless of whether individual users were suspected of wrongdoing.Major brand name advertisers such as Pepsi Co Inc., Georgia-Pacific Corp., State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Co., Countrywide Mortgage and T-Mobile withdrew ads placed on Yahoo!web pages that may have come under association with the offensive chat rooms. Are you using it for, you know, insalubrious "late night fun"?