Last week, German journalists revealed that the National Security Agency has a program to collect information about people who use privacy-protecting services, including popular anonymizing software called Tor. But it’s not clear how many users have been affected.
So we did a little sleuthing, and found that the NSA’s targeting list corresponds with the list of directory servers used by Tor between December 2010 and February 2012 – including two servers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Tor users connect to the directory servers when they first launch the Tor service.
That means that if you downloaded Tor during 2011, the NSA may have scooped up your computer’s IP address and flagged you for further monitoring. The Tor Project is a nonprofit that receives significant funding from the U.S. government.
We don’t mean to be alarmist, but it seems to us the present has morphed into a Kafkaesque nightmare as suffered by Orwell; who knows what the future will bring?
Well…other than you, personally, being monitored by the NSA: you just landed on a site explaining the fact the NSA is monitoring Tor users, so now you are a target. As soon will be any discrete IP(s) your PC contacts. Which in turn…
Nothing to worry about, we’re sure.