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

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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 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.Tor – which stands for The Onion Router – is an open-source public project that bounces its users' internet traffic through several other computers, which it calls "relays" or "nodes", to keep it anonymous and avoid online censorship tools.

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04 Oct
John Adams @netik
RT @ggreenwald: REVEALED: NSA and GCHQ target Tor network that protects anonymity of web users http://t.co/H7EIamYcPo
04 Oct
Steve Klabnik @steveklabnik
RT @ggreenwald: REVEALED: NSA and GCHQ target Tor network that protects anonymity of web users http://t.co/H7EIamYcPo
04 Oct
Jens Ohlig @johl
RT @EFF: New top secret docs in the @Guardian show NSA attempts to attack the Tor network and web users' anonymity: https://t.co/d7nrQdaTEt
04 Oct
EFF @EFF
New top secret docs in the @Guardian show NSA attempts to attack the Tor network and web users' anonymity: https://t.co/d7nrQdaTEt
04 Oct
John Muellerleile @jrecursive
"The technique developed by the NSA to attack Tor users […] has the codename EgotisticalGiraffe […]" - http://t.co/cploRSkh9E
04 Oct
Smári McCarthy @smarimc
RT @Anne_Roth: Voilà: NSA and GCHQ target Tor network that protects anonymity of web users http://t.co/JTiFfPqZXm
04 Oct
Glyn Moody @glynmoody
#NSA and #GCHQ target #Tor network that protects anonymity of web users - http://t.co/A0IPc6NiqC not as bad as I feared #snowden