A day after the release, the website for the US National Security Agency suddenly went offline in what some claimed was an Anonymous DDoS attack. Twelve hours later the NSA however said it was due to a technical problem during a routine software update, denying it was under attack.
The Edward Snowden leaks have exposed that NSA not only spied on public records but also on data mined from personal communications of world leaders, including Latin American presidents and European leaders - even those who are considered to be US allies, like German Chancellor Angela Merkel who was on the NSA spy list since 2002, according to latest revelations.
The Stop Watching Us rally comes as 21 countries, including US allies France and Mexico, have joined talks to hammer out a UN resolution that would condemn "indiscriminate" and "extra-territorial" surveillance, and ensure "independent oversight" of electronic monitoring.
Other countries involved in the talks reportedly include Argentina, Austria, Bolivia, Cuba, Ecuador, Guyana, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Liechtenstein, Norway, Paraguay, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, Uruguay and Venezuela.
Demonstrators carry a parachute during the "Stop Watching Us: A Rally Against Mass Surveillance" march near the U.S. Capitol in Washington, October 26, 2013. (Reuters/Jonathan Ernst)
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