German student Sebastian Hahn helped run a server in Germany's southern city of Nuremberg which was used for the global Internet portal Tor. By routing search requests or e-mails via multiple encrypted servers, Tor allows users to stay anonymous, and hides their true whereabouts. Hahn's server was exceptional in that it helped administer thousands of other Tor servers.
Many people who want to protect their privacy online make use of Tor.
For those living under a dictatorship or otherwise oppressive
government, tools like Tor are crucial - as it's forbidden to even
Google terms like democracy or press freedom.
According to research by two German public broadcasters, WDR and NDR, the
observed Hahn's server to the extent that everyone who used the server
automatically landed on the surveillance agency's spy list. As a result,
anyone intending to hide their tracks - or even test the Tor service -
would be caught in the NSA's surveillance net.
Needless to say, the revelation has caused outrage among Germans,