22 Mar NSA Develops System to Identify Bitcoin Users Around the World
According to The Intercept, classified documents provided by Edward Snowden revealed that the NSA had already developed the capability to locate and identify Bitcoin users around the world.
It was revealed that the agency was interested in targeting Bitcoin through a surveillance program codenamed OAKSTAR which can pull data directly from the internet undergrid, while a VPN-like service called MONKEYROCKET collected information such as passwords, browser history, device MAC addresses used to identify targets.
Other documents reportedly showed that the NSA is using a system that harvests, analyzes, and process raw global internet traffic using a program disguised as a popular anonymizing software.
Source: Coin Telegraph