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The NSA wants to map every internet-connected device worldwide

A new report from Glenn Greenwald's The Intercept reveals that the NSA plans to create an "interactive map of the global internet" in "almost real time." The project, called Treasure Map, would be available for use by employees of the governments of the U.S., the U.K., New Zealand, Australia, and Canada. The New York Times reported on Treasure Map last year:

[Treasure Map] collects Wi-Fi network and geolocation data, and between 30 million and 50 million unique internet provider addresses — code that can reveal the location and owner of a computer, mobile device or router — are represented each day on Treasure Map, according to the document. It boasts that the program can map "any device, anywhere, all the time." [The New York Times]

The documents shared by The Intercept, which give details on Treasure Map, begin with the revealingly simplistic headline, "Bad guys are everywhere, good guys are somewhere!"