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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    czxc, 24 Jan 2014 @ 2:07pm

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    trigger you seem like a logical person. you are kidding right? have you read any of Snowdens´ statements? They got no techies or superhackers at the NSA, they just pulled out a suitcase full of dollars and all info was being handed to them no questions asked. Ppl go easy on the paranoia and get well informed, plus someone mentioned the ockham razor well this is the case ITS A FUCKING KEYBOARD. Apart from all the "yeah they put malware in the keyboard" -shows no indepth reading of snowdens´ statements, that there was no hardcore intel or epic hacker work there but LOADS OF MONEY TO PAY COMPANIES TO RELEASE THE DATA. Keep watching 24 and thinking the CIA is made of super spies, or watch Argo yeah the NSA and the CIA are top-notch secret service agents -they are indeed in spreading disinfo and messing foreign policies but no epic "spies" there... again, all the stupid nonsense stuff coments directly disregard most of snowdens´s statements, its crazy, all experts on snowden and intelligence lol but you all seem to have read NONE of what he stated... :P and yes again, get some logic... in the imaginary world were the NSA is super hi tech and has super spies like the one on comics and shit ... they would "bug" a KEYBOARD LMAO being sent to that particular person? LMAO... google social engineering cause that was mostly the "hacking" being done by the NSA, not to be rude but the ignorance is high on some ppl here

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