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Are you a Linux Journal reader or use software such as Tor and Tails Linux? If so, you've probably been flagged as an "extremist" by the NSA. Leaked documents related to the XKeyscore snooping program reveal that the agency is targeting anyone who is interested in online privacy, specifically those who use the aforementioned software and visit the Linux user community website.
The program marks and tracks the IP addresses of those who search for 'tails' or 'Amnesiac Incognito Live System' along with 'linux', ' USB ',' CD ', 'secure desktop', ' IRC ', 'truecrypt' or ' tor '. It also refers to the Tails Linux distribution as "a comsec mechanism advocated by extremists on extremist forums".
Aside from the Linux Journal, other monitored websites include privacy.li, FreeProxies.org, HotSpotShield, MegaProxy, FreeNet, Centurian, and an anonymous email service called MixMinion.
Or is it just a bluff by the NSA?
originally posted by: LadySkadi
The US government uses Linux in many areas and the Navy created Tor ... so what does that tell you?
originally posted by: markosity1973
I'm a Linux user from way back. I have not owned a Windows computer in 10 years. If you go a mainstream version like mint, it's very user friendly nowadays.
I love the fact that all the software you'll ever need is free and often comes prepackaged in the distro download. I use the Linux version of office all the time and its perfectly compatible with MS documents, spreadsheets etc that come from my work.
I should also point out to all of you Android users that it is a version of Linux. Depending on the make and model of device one has, you may actually be able get software that will allow Linux programs to run on it.
originally posted by: lightedhype
Good god. I have made at least two of those exact searches word for word. Tried Tor out before when it was new. Good to know I am being monitored on just one more 'list.'
Freakin' Outrageous. Just wait one day all of us ATSers will find we are on the no-fly list.