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Secret NSA documents show campaign
against Tor encrypted network

Washington Post, by Barton Gellman*

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Posted By:earlybird, 10/5/2013 12:27:42 PM

On Nov. 1, 2007, the National Security Agency hosted a talk by Roger Dingledine, principal designer of one of the world’s leading Internet privacy tools. It was a wary encounter, akin to mutual intelligence gathering, between a spy agency and a man who built tools to ward off electronic surveillance. According to a top-secret NSA summary of the meeting, Dingledine told the assembled NSA staff that his service, called Tor, offered anonymity to people who needed it badly — to keep business secrets, protect their identities from oppressive political regimes or conduct research without revealing themselves. In the minds of NSA

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Reply 1 - Posted by: Rumblehog, 10/5/2013 2:16:15 PM     (No. 9551726)

It´s very well known in the computer software/hardware industry that the NSA will ask for the encryption key to crack your code, or they´ll break it themselves. I´m sure there´s more than a litte "arm twisting" that goes along with it; and a threat or two if you don´t "play ball."

I can see the point of Tor. If the NSA can gain access to classified business information, for example involving mergers and acquisitions of companies, they can use that as "insider information" and play the stock market, or pass that information along to friendly Union Pension Fund Managers, etc. in the form of an "anonymous" source. Who knows how much vile corruption is taking place in the world´s largest snooping agency?


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Reply 2 - Posted by: Grambo, 10/5/2013 2:28:21 PM     (No. 9551746)

To follow up on #1’s point, when Congressmen are immune from insider trading laws, such insider information available though NSA Tor penetration becomes extremely valuable (and fungible) currency.

Here’s a thought experiment; if the Founders were writing the First Amendment today, would they include the right to internet privacy? I believe they would.


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