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Modern Data Centers Fuel NSA’s Verizon Phone Spying

Published on June 6, 2013
by Michael Hickins and Rachael King

Technical question: How much computing power does it take to store and analyze data on every call in the U.S.?

Answer: A lot.

The National Security Agency maintains several data center facilities around the U.S. and is about to build another — a $1.2 billion facility in Utah that will be called Bumblehive and open this fall, where, according to one expert, it will analyze voice traffic from Verizon’s telephone network.

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