Support The Moscow Times!

NSA Likely Houses Servers in American Embassy, Report Says

An unidentified Russian special services employee said with "practically 100 percent certainty" that one of the servers supporting an NSA surveillance system is located in the American embassy in Moscow, Vedomosti reported Monday.

The existence of an XKeyscore server in Moscow was revealed on July 31, when the Guardian newspaper released a National Security Agency training presentation leaked by former U.S. intelligence contractor Edward Snowden.

One slide reports that as of 2008, there were more than 700 XKeyscore servers at about 150 sites worldwide, each marked on a map that included a red dot clearly indicating Moscow.

The servers were conspicuously absent in countries such as Iran, which is of interest to American intelligence services but does not have an active U.S. embassy.

Some RuNet experts do not believe that there are NSA servers in Moscow, according to the Vedomosti report.

Equating the servers' traffic with those at the Google data centers in Moscow and St. Petersburg, Andrei Kolsenikov, director of the Coordination Center for Russian domain names, told the newspaper that they could not go unnoticed.

The NSA, the American embassy in Moscow and the Russian Federal Security Service all declined to comment to Vedomosti on XKeyscore.

The system allows NSA analysts to sift through an immense database of recent information, including e-mails, chats, browsing history, any files a user has sent or uploaded and an individual's current Internet activity.

… we have a small favor to ask. As you may have heard, The Moscow Times, an independent news source for over 30 years, has been unjustly branded as a "foreign agent" by the Russian government. This blatant attempt to silence our voice is a direct assault on the integrity of journalism and the values we hold dear.

We, the journalists of The Moscow Times, refuse to be silenced. Our commitment to providing accurate and unbiased reporting on Russia remains unshaken. But we need your help to continue our critical mission.

Your support, no matter how small, makes a world of difference. If you can, please support us monthly starting from just $2. It's quick to set up, and you can be confident that you're making a significant impact every month by supporting open, independent journalism. Thank you.

Once
Monthly
Annual
Continue
paiment methods
Not ready to support today?
Remind me later.

Read more