NSA Appears To Be Tracking The Anonymous Internet

NSA Appears to Be Tracking the Anonymous Internet

That custom-built malware that's tracking down Tor network users? Turns out it might not be the FBI behind it after all. It looks like it might be the NSA.

After the Firefox JavaScript exploit was uncovered, there was a rush to figure out who was behind it. At first, that looked like the FBI. The IP address the malware phoned home to belonged to a defence contractor, and was geolocated near Reston, Virginia, near Arlington -- the FBI's backyard. Given some of the content on the Darknet, and similar domestic stings for child pornography, it had FBI written all over it. But it turns out the specific IP address belongs to a block owned by the NSA.

As Ars points out, this could be someone being deeply incompetent and leaving the traceable IP address. Or it could be a calling card, the NSA letting Tor network users know that it is in the room, maybe meant to scare them off the privacy services entirely.

The malware itself collected geolocation data for individual users, instead of the typical username/password combo most malware goes for. That's one reason why everyone figured it was the FBI at first. The NSA being behind the curtain, though, doesn't mean the FBI won't get its hands on the data, though. The NSA admitted late last month that the agency shares its information with other organisations, like the DEA or FBI, for individual cases involving matters like drugs and child pornography.

So, that's where we stand. The NSA seems to be peeking its head into the deep internet, and it's bringing its friends, too. [Ars Technica]

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    I hope Anonymous tears the NSA, FBI and DEA a new one that will stop them their tracks.

      I should add that I'm all for preventing the sharing of child porn and catching criminals, but not the invasion of privacy and spying on general.

    Oh yes, those Naughty Acronym Organisations doing what they're suppose to do by keeping an eye on the public!! How dare they try to infiltrate a network that undoubtedly hosts a wide variety of criminal activities, don't they respect our right to conduct illegal activities in privacy?

    Get a grip people, something like this was always going to be used for bad and evil things that people want to keep secret. There's hardly enough good reasons for such networks to exist. It is only there to appease the tin foil hat wearing brigades, those trying to hide their misdeeds and those whom feel that everything they do is so damned important that it must be done privately!!

      The network was designed by, and continues to be supported by, the US government. Besides the internal privacy gained by these government organisations, the primary intended use is for people in countries where freedom of speech is relatively unknown. The US government want journalist dissidents in China, Iran and similar countries to have a secure method of having their voice heard.

    Exactly, spy away NSA. Catch all the crims! Privacy is a myth these days anyway. I can guarantee retail corporations have more private data on people than the NSA anyway and the retail corporations will misuse that data more than the NSA will.

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