Detect the NSA with Traceroute
July 2, 2006
It seems that detecting whether your internet messages are going through an ATT/NSA data collection point is easier than anyone imagined.
On any PC, go to your RUN window and type tracert followed by your destination website (for example, I typed tracert cnn.com). Sure enough, by hop 6 my packet moved from Seattle’s Comcast network to ATT San Francisco, home of the infamous room 641A – NSA’s listening post in the ATT building there.
See the full story on this at Wired’s 27B Stroke 6 blog.