NSA followed anonymous Internet users [Big News Network (United Arab Emirates)]
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More documents have emerged that show the US National Security Agency has been homing in on Internet users who attempt to remain anonymous.
A popular service which protected the anonymity of Internet users has been breached by the NSA, according to a leak from former intelligence contractor Edward Snowden.
Snowden has given up documents that show the US official spy agency targeted users of The Onion Router, or Tor.
Documents obtained from Snowden support his allegations that the names, IT addresses and physical locations of millions of users of Tor have been identified.
The NSA did not directly access Tor's anonymous network but instead came in through the back door of advertising engines, where it diverted users to insecure channels, which could be observed from a distance by the agency's operatives.
Many Tor users are state security and businesspeople who like to keep their work secret.
Tor claims to help people defend against the sort of network surveillance the NSA has allegedly been using.
The far-reaching powers of the NSA were first revealed by Edward Snowden in June.
He initially leaked confidential information that showed the NSA collects data of phone records and Internet communications of American citizens.
Since then Americans have been surprised at the complexity and scope of the surveillance.
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