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Use Tor or 'EXTREMIST' Tails Linux? Congrats, you're on an NSA list

• theregister.co.uk

Alleged leaked documents about the NSA's XKeyscore snooping software appear to show the paranoid agency is targeting Tor and Tails users, Linux Journal readers – and anyone else interested in online privacy.

At the heart of the claims is this sample configuration file for the XKeyscore system.

The top-secret documents were apparently obtained and studied by members of the Tor project and security specialists for German broadcasters NDR and WDR. In their analysis of the divulged data, the team accuses the NSA of, among other things:

  • Specifically targeting Tor directory servers
  • Reading email contents for mentions of Tor bridges
  • Logging IP addresses of people who search for privacy-focused websites and software
  • And possibly breaking international law in doing so.
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