Malevolent Machines: National Security Agency Servers

by 5ocietyx

NSA servers

Late 1999: NSA Begins ‘Trailblazer’ Data Mining Program
The National Security Agency begins building a massive data-mining system, code-named “Trailblazer,” that is intended to sift through reams of digital communications intercepts and find nuggets of information relevant to national security. The program’s task is huge—to sort through the 2 million bits of data the NSA collects every hour—and one made even more complex by the relatively new types of wireless, Internet, cell phone, and instant messaging communications now becoming ever more commonplace.