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Exclusive: Yahoo secretly scanned emails for U.S. government

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>> Just days after Yahoo admitted to a hacking attack that compromised security on 500 million email accounts, another revelation. Yahoo secretly scanned customer emails for the US government. Reuters exclusively reporting, Tuesday, that US intelligence officials last year asked Yahoo to help search incoming emails for a specific string of characters, that could mean a phrase in an email or an attachment, and the company complied.
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Yahoo responded to Reuters by saying it's quote, law abiding company and complies with the laws of the United States. Declining further comment. Reuters cyber security correspondent, Joseph Menn, broke the story.>> Yahoo's security staff were quite upset by this because they felt it was a security risk. They also felt that Yahoo could have objected and fought the order in court.
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>> Sources say, CEO Marissa Mayer's decision helped prompt the departure of chief information security officer, Alex Stamos, who's now at Facebook.