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[tor-talk] GCHQ 'Tor Events' Capture... (scribd.com)


GCHQ 'Tor Events' Capture... (scribd.com)
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[â]kant_go_on[S] 3 points 3 hours ago
Anyone seen this? Although this image provides no technical details, it seems pretty worrying.
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[â]px403 1 point 33 minutes ago
They are likely monitoring all known exit nodes to see what's coming out (from the ISP level). I know most security tools have a "tor only" option, which is used for both illegitimate, and totally legitimate purposes (how does our network react to scans from some random country) etc. I've got to imagine that, in general, watching exit nodes is far more interesting than the rest of the internet. It doesn't mean that it's trivial for them to figure out who is attacking whatever servers, just that those servers are being attacked.
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[â]latropf2 2 points 3 hours ago
Where was this posted?
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[â]kant_go_on[S] 2 points 3 hours ago
Found the link in a Slate article posted in /r/privacy, last paragraph: http://www.slate.com/blogs/future_tense/2013/09/09/shifting_shadow_stormbrew_flying_pig_new_snowden_documents_show_nsa_deemed.html
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[â]sqrt2 2 points 1 hour ago
The way this article puts it, it looks like GCHQ started keeping records of anyone who encrypts their traffic, and then the Tor interface would probably be an index of connections to the Tor network.
While it demonstrates that they probably have a silly "people who encrypt are probably bad guys" mindset, that by itself doesn't break Tor.
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[â]kant_go_on[S] 3 points 1 hour ago
That's true, I guess it's been known since the start of this NSA scandal that they prioritize encrypted traffic, so it could easily be a store of encrypted Tor traffic to store for later analysis (attempts at correlation or cracking, perhaps). But I guess not in itself a sign of successful exploitation.
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