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NSA’s XKeyscore Source Code Leaked: All Tor Users Classified As ‘Extremists’

As it was published by RT:

The NSA has been revealed to mark and consider potential “extremists” all users of the internet anonymizer service Tor. Among those are hundreds of thousands of privacy concerned people like journalists, lawyers and rights activists.

Searching for encryption software like the Linux-based operating system Tails also places you on the NSA grid, as Lena Kampf, Jacob Appelbaum and John Goetz revealed on the German site Tagesschau. The report is based on analysis of the source code of the software used by NSA’s electronic surveillance program XKeyscore.

Tor is a system of servers, which routes user requests through a layer of secured connections to make it impossible to identify a user’s IP from the addresses of the websites he/she visits. The network of some 5,000 is operated by enthusiasts and used by hundreds of thousands of privacy-concerned people worldwide. Some of them live in countries with oppressive regimes, which punish citizens for visiting websites they deem inappropriate.

But merely visiting Tor project’s website puts you on the NSA’s red list, the report says. But more importantly it monitors connections to so-called Directory Authorities, the eight servers, which act as gateways for the entire system.

The NSA was particularly surveilling German-based Tor Directory Authorities. One is operated by the Germany-based hacker group Chaos Computer Club, the other by computer science student Sebastian Hahn, who told journalists that the revelation is “shocking.”

The system itself doesn’t appear to be compromised however, but the NSA gets data like IP addresses of those using it, enough to cross-reference them with other databases the agency has access to.

There are indications that NSA may be collecting not only the metadata of the people on the list, but also read their email exchanges with Tor.

An interest in Tor is not the only way to make it to NSA’s watch list. Even web searches for other encryption software makes you a target as well, the report said.

Disturbingly, NSA programmer comments in the source code label those picked up by the American system “extremists.”

The report says XKeyscore marks all people that hit the red light on its grid, with the exception of those connecting from members of the Five Eyes, a group of countries cooperating in intelligence gathering, namely the US, UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

It was not immediately clear how the authors of the publication obtained the source code of XKeyscore software, but the existence of the system was revealed in 2013 through documents leaked by whistleblower Edward Snowden.

Ironically, Tor was originally created for the US Navy and still receives a major part of its funding from the US government – the same government that considers its users “extremists”.

Anonymous experts told Boing Boing that the new leak may come from a second source, not Edward Snowden as nothing of the kind had ever been seen this in the original Snowden documents or intended publications

Article source: http://rt.com/news/170208-nsa-spies-tor-users/

6 comments

  1. First, they’re going to round up all the world’s approximate 418 MILLION pedophiles! Then they are going to round up all the world’s approximate 83 MILLION cyber “drug buyers!” Then they will start rounding up all the world’s approximate 48 thousand (yearly) illegal firearms dealers and buyers. Then they will start rounding up all the world’s countless “copyright infringers.” After that, they will then start rounding up all the “extremists” like us!!!! Thousands of people who use the Dark Net ( journalists, true patriots-people like Alex jones-, human rights activists, countless hactivist groups, P2P file-sharing network users, Chinese political dissidents, you NAME it!) will end up being “rounded up” in the name of National ( actually INTERnational!) Security, Law Enforcement, and the hallowed “protection of the child!!!”
    Christians would ALSO be rounded up as they too are viewed by those in power as dangerous “extremists!” The Bible does speak of a dreadful time, during the last days, when Christians ( and ALL who dare try to “resist” the coming global regime ) would be “persecuted all the way to the ends of the Earth!!!” If not for the intervening hand of God, NO ONE would be abled to escape! Right now, they are still using “pedophilia” as their excuse to turn the internet, particularly the Dark Web, into what will surely become the “ROUND UP LIST” OF THE FOURTH REICH!!!”

  2. You may think that the “above scenario” is a bit extreme. I guess I can’t really blame you. You’ve probably been listening to the mental health community, the university praised “skeptics”, and the mainstream media for most of your life. But the writing is CLEARLY WRITTEN on the wall, and is in PLAIN SIGHT for anyone that cares to take heed.
    And just like in Germany, in the days leading up to Hitler, the citizens are once again being victimized by the “normalcy bias.” That is the erroneous belief that there’s “nothing new under the sun.” Yet just like in Germany in the days leading up to Hitler, there were “wise ones” like myself, who actually PAID ATTENTION to all the WARNING SIGNS ( the “writing on the wall!”) that indicated that something BIG, BAD, and UGLY was about to happen! And like myself and others today, the ones who saw Hitler’s brutal regime coming tried and tried and tried and tried and tried and TRIED to “WAKE UP” the normalcy-biased, ever-sleeping SHEEPLE!,.. only to end up being the fodder of the existing comedians!!!
    By the time the “sleeping giant” finally WOKE UP, IT WAS TOO LATE!!!The wise ones who tried to WARN them( people like Alex Jones, Bill Cooper, Ron Paul,( who seems to have “disappeared”) and myself ) had already “fled the country!!!”
    But this NEW “police state regime from hell” is shaping up into a GLOBAL one!!!! There may not be a country one can “flee” to!!!
    Aw, but what do “WE” know! Folks like me, we’re just a bunch of whacked out “conspiracy kooks!!!” Aw, pay no attention to “the writing on the wall!” It’s all just a bunch of meaningless “graffiti!” Right? Yeah, pay no attention to those who are MAJORLY “sticking their necks out” for you!!! Jesus wasn’t real, and we all just a bunch of highly evolved APES!!!
    Well, friend, if that is what you honestly do believe, one thing’s for DAMN CERTAIN and that’s this: Due to the undeniable implications,….”YOU DAMN WELL BETTER BE “RIGHT!!!!!!!!!!” Because, if TRUE reality is as it most certainly does SEEM to be,.. sooner or later you’re going wake up to find yourself in a whole wide WORLD of HURT!!!!!!
    That’s all. PS. I’d avoid the TOR and ANYTHING to do with the Dark Web. Why risk being one of the FIRST VICTIMS of the coming “round up.” Besides, if the global police community has it’s way, the Dark Web may not even EXIST tomorrow! But in the custody of the authorities will be tens of THOUSANDS of confiscated computers that had once been part of the worldwide Dark Web! And “they” will have ALL THE TIME IN THE WORLD to go through those hard-drives and machines with one VERY fine-toothed comb,…looking for IP addresses!!!I shudder to THINK about “how” they are going to go about “rounding up” all the TENS of MILLIONS of lawbreakers and perceived “radicals” they will SURELY end up having to hunt down! I guess that the RAPTURE ( if it actually “happens”)will “thin the herd” enough to make the new “round up list” just small enough for the authorities to handle. Who knows. But I whatever the case may be, I definitely do think that we’d better get ourselves prepared. I have a really BAD FEELING about ALL of this federal and international draconianism. Sooner or later, there’s gonna be some serious CHANGES around here, and I don’t think we’re gonna LIKE e’m!!! But if you suffer from the “normalcy delusion”, you’ll probably think NOTHING of them.
    …until it’s “too late”, that is.

  3. Just remember this: The Nazi death camps STILL contain the ashes and remains of multitudes of the former “scoffers” of the pre-Hitler era. They were warned, but they didn’t “believe!” They all thought that someday, they would be elderly people buried in their respectable family burial plots, located in elegant old tree-shaded cemeteries! How WRONG they were!!! Many of them had probably “laughed” at those who tried to warn them about Hitler! How FOOLISH they had been!!!

  4. And just like in the days leading up to Hitler, the people have been blinded by the entertainment industry, pop culture, the mainstream media mind-control institution, and the delusion of “normalcy.” Just like in the days leading up to Hitler, in the future, it will be said of THIS GENERATION, and I quote: “They NEVER SAW IT COMING!!!” They were painstakingly WARNED, but still, “they NEVER SAW IT COMING!!!” It will no doubt be said that the people of the early 21st Century could have stood up and FOUGHT the global regime that overtook them like a tsunami in the middle of the night,..but for some reason, “they NEVER SAW IT COMING!!!” They just couldn’t “shake off their collective slumber!”
    The internet ( especially the dark web ) is the most valuable and potent tool we HAVE in the war against the tyranny that “they” call… “decency!!! And the authorities are about to “snatch it away” from us!!! Without the internet, the “global media mind-control institution” would have had absolutely “NO” rival!!! Nobody would have even the “slightest” clue in pertaints to ANY of the terrible things that are currently going on in this world!!! In fact, if it had not been for the internet ( the Media’s one and ONLY rival voice! ),I shudder to THINK about the fascist regime we’d all be living in right now!!! Thanks to the internet( oh how the “powers that be” HATE the internet!) the brutal “world controllers” have consistently had their plans shot full of “cyber-holes!!!” If not for the internet, there would BE no Infowars.com! Alex Jones would have been a frustrated “no-name” that would have committed suicide in some hotel room YEARS ago, I would probably be a whole LOT less “educated” in countless ways today, the Democrats and Republicrats ( I made no “mistake” there. That was a “statement.”) would probably be about as closetedly EVIL as they are right now, no one would have ever even HEARD of sinister groups like the Builderberg Group, or Agenda 21,.. Man, I don’t think anybody would know ANYTHING right now if it had not been or the God-blessed INTERNET!!!
    And if we don’t WAKE UP NOW, WE ARE GOING TO “LOSE” THE MOST POTENT EXISTING “THREE QUARTERS” OF IT, BECAUSE INTERNATIONAL AUTHORITIES HAVE EVERY INTENTION OF TAKING THE DARK NET COMPLETELY DOWN!!!!! IF THAT HAPPENS, SURELY “LAWS” WILL FOLLOW! LAWS THAT WILL MAKE IT A VIOLATION OF NATIONAL SECURITY ( THIS WILL BE DONE “GLOBALLY” PEOPLE!)TO ATTEMPT TO CREATE “ALTERNATIVE NON-POLICED FORMS OF INTERNET!!!” AND IF THAT HAPPENS, WE’LL BE DAMN LUCKY IF WE STILL HAVE SEARCH ENGINES LIKE “STARTPAGE”, AND “GHOSTERY!” TRUTH IS THAT IF “THEY” TAKE THE DARK NET DOWN ( AND THEY HAVE VOICED THAT AS BEING THEIR “INTENT!”), THEY WILL HAVE STRIPPED US OF A GOOD THREE QUARTERS OF THE INTERNET! THEN WE WILL ALL BE LEFT WITH GOOGLE, BING, YAHOO, YOUTUBE, … SUCH SEARCH ENGINES ARE CLOSELY MONITORED, CENSORED, AND POLICED!!! PEER 2 PEER FILESHARING NETWORKS ARE “ALSO” SAID TO BE SLATED FOR OBSOLETION, AS ARE MOST “NEWSGROUPS” BECAUSE ALL OF THOSE THINGS HAVE BEEN USED FOR NEFARIOUS PURPOSES AT ONE TIME OR ANOTHER!! FURTHERMORE, WE WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO CREATE “ALTERNATIVES” TO THE REMAINING MAINSTREAM INTERNET!!! WE”LL HAVE TO SADLY RESORT TO USING GOOGLE, BING, OR YAHOO, I guess. ALL THE “ALTERNATIVES” WILL BE GONE.
    NOW IF THAT ISN’T A “CALL TO ARMS”, I DON’T KNOW WHAT THE HELL “IS!”
    LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, “MARTIAL LAW” HAS GOME TO THE INTERNET!
    ARE YOU GOING TO STAND UP AND “FIGHT” THIS COMING WHOLESALE INTERNET CONFISCATION? OR ARE YOU GOING TO ACT LIKE PEOPLE MADE OF WISHY WASHY GOO AND SAY, … “oh well, ain’ nothin we can do. let’s forget about it and go getsome food at Denny’s for they close. ”
    THE CHOICE IS YOURS. LAST POST.

  5. Hey REDREDMANE, dude I was kinda with you untill that fourth post where you kinda went off the rails like an insane nutjob. How-ever the first three post appeal far more to logic.

  6. Well, they might be watching…
    but they’re not paying attention…
    or else I woulda been in jail long ago!;)

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