How to detect if the NSA is tracking you

I am sure many of you have heard about the NSA spy scandal where the NSA along with the major ISP’s of the country have been secretly recording our digital lives. 

One must know that AT&T customers aren’t the only ones apparently being tapped. “Transit” traffic originating with one ISP and destined for another is also being sniffed if it crosses AT&T’s network. Ironically, because the taps are installed at the point at which that network connects to the rest of the world, the safest web surfers are AT&T subscribers visiting websites hosted on AT&T’s network. Their traffic doesn’t pass through the splitters.

With that in mind, here’s the 27B Stroke 6 guide to detecting if your traffic is being funneled into the secret room on San Francisco’s Folsom street.

If you’re a Windows user, fire up an MS-DOS command prompt. Now type tracert followed by the domain name of the website, e-mail host, VoIP switch, or whatever destination you’re interested in. Watch as the program spits out your route, line by line.

You are looking for traffic that is jumping from Level 3 Communications to AT&T’s network in San Francisco, presumably over the OC-48 circuit that AT&T tapped on February 20th, 2003, according to the Klein docs. In the above example, mine is not routed that way. The magic string you’re looking for is If it’s present immediately above or below a entry, then — by Klein’s allegations — your packets are being copied into room 641A, and from there, to the NSA. Of course, if Marcus, the AT&T whistleblower is correct and AT&T has installed these secret rooms all around the country, then any entry in your route is a bad sign.

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5 replies to this post
  1. It’s called the CALEA project. It is not unique to AT&T. It also does not involve layer 3 devices that will show up in a traceroute, although the particular host mentioned might be adjacent to equipment that the AT&T whistleblower knows about. Also, they are or soon will be recording EVERYTHING for a given period of time whether they are ‘watching’ you or not, just in case they might want to in the future. See? The truth is actually MORE alarming. They have been doing this for close to two years now.

  2. About the blurring… That what you have blurred is still readable. I would advise to cover it up with a grey box instead if you don’t want people to know what’s written there.

  3. yeah i’m a at&t customer not by choice i prefered charter i only have att services cause of where i live there is no cable e net so i;m stuck with it and i hate it and i had a cingular phone but we all no what happen there and i’m looking to change that soon too.

  4. People need to stop supporting AT&T. Harder said then done cause when you wave an i-Phone in front of them they will shell out the cash for one supporting the evil giant that they are. Me for one, I dont buy any AT&T products or related services. I think one by one we need to start doing this.

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