NSA Tracks Google Ads to Find Tor Users

warningIn a bid to make your stomach grumble and your head hurt even more, this latest tidbit of NSA news leaked by Edward Snowden and obtained by Bruce Schneier rocks the world of privacy enthusiasts world over.

Via TheGuardian

The online anonymity network Tor is a high-priority target for the National Security Agency. The work of attacking Tor is done by the NSA‘s application vulnerabilities branch, which is part of the systems intelligence directorate, or SID. The majority of NSA employees work in SID, which is tasked with collecting data from communications systems around the world.

According to a top-secret NSA presentation provided by the whistleblower Edward Snowden, one successful technique the NSA has developed involves exploiting the Tor browser bundle, a collection of programs designed to make it easy for people to install and use the software. The trick identified Tor users on the internet and then executes an attack against their Firefox web browser.

  • TiredMemeCat

    Stinking NSA fascists.

  • Charlie Primero

    This works on many levels.

    Newbies are schooled that Big Brother knows everything, so self-censor if you want to keep your corporate job.

    The adventurous techie thinks he can hide because the Guardian says “Tor is a well-designed and robust anonymity tool, and successfully attacking it is difficult.” if they are only careful.

    Patriots are assured that Big Daddy is strong enough to find the Turrrsts before they cut off Mom’s head.

    Occupy types are assured that Snowden isn’t a limited hangout because he released soooo much sophisticated super secret scientifical spy stuff to MSNBC.

  • BuzzCoastin

    both TOR user at Disonfo are chuckling

  • latm

    if you’re worried personally, use no-script and deny those advertrackers!

  • Dingbert

    Wasn’t NSA involved in the creation of Tor anyway?

    • Charlie Primero

      TOR was originally developed by U.S. Naval Intelligence as a honeypot.

  • frafri

    Could Snowden just be a government employee?
    lol fooling everybody.