NSA Interception In Action? Tor Developer’s Computer Gets Mysteriously Re-Routed To Virginia

truther January 28, 2014 4

So this one is odd. A core Tor developer, Andrea Shepard, recently ordered a computer from Amazon.com to her home in Seattle. Yet, as she tweeted last night, something odd happened on the way to delivering that package to her house:

NSA Interception In Action Tor Developer's Computer Gets Mysteriously Re-Routed To Virginia

If you can’t see the image, here’s a larger version:

Also, some more details from PrivacySOS. As you can see, rather than go from the Amazon warehouse in Santa Ana, California up the coast to Seattle, instead the package went across the country to Dulles, Virginia to Alexandria (right outside of DC) and was “delivered” there. Upon seeing this, my initial reaction was that it might not be a big deal. With shipping logistics these days, it’s not uncommon to see a sort of hub system, where packages travel across the country from one warehouse to a shipping hub, only to be shipped back across the country for actual delivery.

But that does not appear to be what happened here at all. As Kade from PrivacySOS pointed out, the final Alexandria address is the final delivery location, rather than the sign of something in process. Also, the fact that it bounced around and then went “out for delivery” to that address shows that it wasn’t just popping in and out of a hub for delivery to Seattle.

There are some possible other explanations, including just a general screw-up on the part of Amazon. But given the revelations of how the NSA’s TAO group does very targeted spying, that often involves getting access to computers being shipped to targets, combined with the fact that the NSA has made it clear that breaking Tor is a priority that has mostly stymied them, this certainly should raise multiple eyebrows.

Source: techdirt

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  1. viper4u2 February 1, 2014 at 1:22 am - Reply

    The government is breaking the law by spying on their own people .Freedom is dying fast & unless we the people do something about it it’s going to be too late. WAKE UP AMERICA impeach & arrest all this corrupt administration .

  2. Archie1954 January 29, 2014 at 5:26 am - Reply

    She should have the computer professionally investigated down to nuts and bolts when it arrives. If it holds surveillance data then she should sue the asses off of whomever she purchased it from and the delivery service handling it. Then she should make sure that the part these parties had in the whole matter is broadcast on the internet for all to see. I have purchased 6 computers in the past from Dell by internet. I will never purchase another unless and until I can be guaranteed a clean piece of hardware because I have completely lost trust in them and in fact in anything that is sourced in the US..

  3. 5 War Veteran January 28, 2014 at 10:06 pm - Reply

    I would send it back and ask for a different one.

  4. overit January 28, 2014 at 9:27 pm - Reply

    so that pc wont be used and will be returned as unfit for purpose one hopes:-)

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