Sometimes all you need is a pole and a net when you`re out fishing.
Other times, you might need a boat and a bigger net.
If you’re the National Security Agency, you might use a really big net to go fishing on the net.
Documents stolen by NSA thief Eddie ‘The Snowman’ Snowden and obtained by the Washington Post, show about 90 percent of what the NSA catches is private information. That includes stuff like baby pictures, electronic medical records, emails, and your social media rants.
Even selfies get caught up in the NSA net!
Some people were just folks who entered an online chat room monitored by the NSA.
But, the NSA monitored some people because they had direct contact with a target.
And speaking of spying, Churchill College in England opened its files on Major Vasiliy Mitrokhin, a senior archivist for the KGB from 1972 to 1984. That was back in the cold-war days before the Internet.
Mitrokhin had access to hundreds of thousands of files from a world-wide web of spies and intelligence operations.
Good thing Al Gore invented the internet, or we could be speaking Russian today.