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NSA and GCHQ target Tor network that protects anonymity of web users

Posted By admin On October 5, 2013 @ 5:04 am In Featured Stories,Sci Tech,Tile | Comments Disabled

James Ball, Bruce Schneier and Glenn Greenwald
London Guardian [1]
Oct 5, 2013

The National Security Agency has made repeated attempts to develop attacks against people using Tor, a popular tool designed to protect online anonymity, despite the fact the software is primarily funded and promoted by the US government itself.

Top-secret NSA [2] documents, disclosed by whistleblower Edward Snowden, reveal that the agency’s current successes against Tor rely on identifying users and then attacking vulnerable software on their computers. One technique developed by the agency targeted the Firefox web browser used with Tor, giving the agency full control over targets’ computers, including access to files, all keystrokes and all online activity.

But the documents suggest that the fundamental security of the Tor service remains intact. One top-secret presentation, titled ‘Tor Stinks’, states: “We will never be able to de-anonymize all Tor users all the time.” It continues: “With manual analysis we can de-anonymize a very small fraction of Tor users,” and says the agency has had “no success de-anonymizing a user in response” to a specific request.

Another top-secret presentation calls Tor “the king of high-secure, low-latency internet [3] anonymity”.

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[1] London Guardian: http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/oct/04/nsa-gchq-attack-tor-network-encryption

[2] NSA: http://www.theguardian.com/world/nsa

[3] internet: http://www.theguardian.com/technology/internet

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