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

from the a-slight-detour dept

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:
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.

Filed Under: andrea shepard, computers, fbi, interception, nsa, routing, tor
Companies: amazon

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    diane, 25 Jan 2014 @ 1:34pm

    And why is Andrea an Amazon supporter/customer?

    It’s hard to have any sympathy whatsoever for someone who orders through Amazon. What? She doesn’t know about Amazon’s horrid warehouses? Amazon’s cloud servicing the CIA? Bezos’ disdain and contempt for the average human? I suppose she also has a gmail account and a facebook page?

    She’s clearly one of the many who have made Amazon, et al, relevant and dragged the rest of us, who’ve watched in horror for at least a decade now, into a world where Amazon, Google, Apple, PayPal, eBay, Facebook, Twitter, et al, violate, hand in hand with the Fascist (for lack of a more horrific and current adjective) U$ Government, with impunity.

    It’s also truly sickening to see so many of those Blawwgers!!! - who fervently aided in making Sly Con Valley the monster that it is – finally, way too late, talking against it with no apology, or recognition, that they trashed others as Luddites, Trolls even, for at least a decade, whenever those Luddites expressed concerns re Amazon, Google, Apple, PayPal, eBay, Facebook, Twitter, et al, and the swift trajectory where someone like the sociopath Kurzweil (who has been connected with the Defense Industry for decades, to my understanding) is rapidly approaching his, Go Daddy!, 100% Mechanized World run and imagined by Thought Leader ! ... Papas [only!], wet dream.

    Post Script: And about kade? kade is well past the time in which he should explain why the ACLU has a Face Fiend page.

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