Linux Journal is reporting that apparently the NSA considers it an "extremist forum" and the NSA may also be targeting Linux users for increased surveillance. Linux Journal's information is based on reports issues by German media that disclosed details on who the NSA has been targeting.
According to Linux Journal:
A new story published on the German site Tagesschau and followed up by BoingBoing and DasErste.de has uncovered some shocking details about who the NSA targets for surveillance including visitors to Linux Journal itself.
While it has been revealed before that the NSA captures just about all Internet traffic for a short time, the Tagesschau story provides new details about how the NSA's XKEYSCORE program decides which traffic to keep indefinitely. XKEYSCORE uses specific selectors to flag traffic, and the article reveals that Web searches for Tor and Tails--software I've covered here in Linux Journal that helps to protect a user's anonymity and privacy on the Internet--are among the selectors that will flag you as "extremist" and targeted for further surveillance.More at Linux Journal
What a sad story to come across on the fourth of July, the day America celebrates its independence from tyranny. It makes you wonder if anybody in Washington has ever even read the Constitution, especially that pesky fourth amendment that keeps getting cited by angry citizens when the government gets caught spying on them.
Unfortunately, none of this surprises me in the least. The NSA has been out of control for a long time, and this fits right in with the rest of the stuff it's been doing for years. But you have to wonder what they were thinking when they decided to select Linux Journal, it's not exactly known as a hotbed of terrorist activity.
Of course, for all its ongoing surveillance of the Internet, the NSA utterly failed to stop the bombers in Boston from killing and maiming people during the Boston Marathon back in 2013. Hey, why stop real terrorists when you can waste taxpayer money spying on Linux Journal readers, right?
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Since the NSA doesn't seem to like it when people read about or use Tor, I thought I'd stick my finger in their eye and include some information about it in today's roundup.