The report by public broadcasters WDR and NDR says the code from the
The code for the software, which was created to filter through vast amounts of data to find information of interest to U.S. intelligence, also monitors a handful of key computers that act as phone books for the Tor network, the report said.
One of those computers reportedly belongs to
The report came on the day German lawmakers began hearing expert testimony for a probe into the activities of foreign intelligence agencies in
Former U.S. intelligence official
Binney, who left the NSA in 2001 alleging surveillance overreach after the 9/11 terror attacks, said factors that put people into "zones of suspicion" include visiting certain websites regularly.
The report published by WDR and NDR was co-authored by three privacy activists linked to the developers of Tor. One of them,
The creation of Tor was partly funded by the U.S. government to help dissidents in authoritarian countries communicate freely. But law enforcement agencies around the world have claimed that it also makes the work of identifying online criminals harder.
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