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Thursday, 27 February 2014

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Public Relations Associate Sandra Booker, Pointing At A Computer You Can Access Yahoo On

The Guardian reported on Thursday that the British Spy Agency GCHQ intercepted millions of webcam users' images around the world.

Leaked documents revealed that the agency, in cooperation with the United States National Security Agency, used "Operation Optic Nerve" to gather images from 2008 to 2010. Some of the images gathered were sexually explicit.

Yahoo denied knowledge of the operation, declaring "We were not aware of nor would we condone this reported activity. This report, if true, represents a whole new level of violation of our users' privacy. However, there's no use crying over spilled milk."

Representatives from the company furthermore added, "We are absolutely delighted that our efforts to make a comeback from a 90s relic to a 21st century cultural baller have made us a target of data-mining."

"Hashtag relevant!" crowed a press agent later identified as 21-year old social media intern James Harper from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).

When questioned about the violation of users' privacy, one commentator stated, "We are committed to preserving users' trust and security and continue our efforts to expand encryption across all of our services. However, it wasn't our fault-what can you do about Big Brother?"

"Go to Yahoo.com for more breaking news on the story and stills of the sexual images taken!" piped up Public Relations Associate Sandra Booker.

Yahoo later released an update to their tagline, which now reads: "We're Officially Online Cuz We've Been Mined! (Take That, Google). "

When asked for a statement, representatives from Google declined to comment.

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