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The NSA Could Have Stopped Snowden If It Had More Bandwidth

• Business Insider
 

It's fitting that the agency would have a bandwidth issue. The biggest revelation from the Snowden leaks was that the agency intercepts 1.7 billion Internet communications every day, a feat that requires a tremendous amount of bandwidth.

In June, we reported on the super facility the agency has in Utah, which can hold 5 zettabytes of information. (1 zettabyte = 1 billion terabytes = 1 trillion gigabytes.) With just 1 zettabyte (1024 exabytes) of space, the NSA can store a year's worth of the global Internet traffic (which is estimated to reach 966 exabytes per year in 2015). 


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