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Tor gets a big fat NSA endorsement

The latest salvo of Edward Snowden-leaked documents published in the Guardian confirms what most security researchers have long assumed: For years, the National Security Agency has been focusing considerable resources on efforts to crack Tor -- the Internet's go-to package of tools designed to protect anonymity and defeat the surveillance efforts of spooks ... like the NSA.

Make no mistake -- if you're using Tor, the NSA wants to know who you are. Bad people use Tor, asserts the NSA, including "Terrorists!" (yes, the PowerPoint slideshow includes the exclamation mark). So that's the bad news: The more you try to protect yourself, the more you may be making yourself a target.

The good news, however, is that this particular batch of documents actually works as great advertising for Tor. Because the primary takeaway from the leak is that the NSA has not been able to break Tor's core functionality. "[T]he documents suggest that the fundamental security of the Tor service remains intact," reports the Guardian.

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