A GERMAN STUDENT who attempted to enhance his own privacy won the attention of the US National Security Agency (NSA), according to reports.
The chap, a 27-year-old named Sebastian Hahn of Erlangen in Bavaria, made himself a target for the NSA because of his use of the Tor web browser, according to reports, and is one of many possible victims who might have shown the same interest.
The revelation comes from an NSA XKeyscore analysis that has been released to the German media, NDR and WDR, by an unknown source.
Hahn told German the press that he feels violated by the intrusion, and said that his use of Tor and running a Tor server is for good purposes.
"This is shocking," he said. "The connection data of millions of people are listed every day."
Security expert Bruce Schneier is not convinced that the full story is being told, and noted that this information has not come from Edward Snowden, but from a second source.
Schneier said that people with an interest in Tor are not alone, and said that readers of a popular Linux magazine might also be under suspicion.
"Fingerprint targets users visiting the Tails and Linux Journal websites, or performing certain web searches related to Tails, and makes no distinction about the country of the user," he added.
"It's hard to tell how extensive this is. It's possible that anyone who clicked on [a certain] link - with [an] embedded torproject.org URL - is currently being monitored by the NSA." µ