There was interesting article in Business Insider a few days ago:
Researchers: NSA Infiltrated RSA Encryption Security More Deeply Than Previously Known http://www.businessinsider.com/r-exclusive-nsa-infiltrated-rsa-security-more-deeply-than-thought—-study-2014-31 via @bi_contributors
I always thought that the Tor Browser and Bitcoin are a bit suspicious too. When I first tried out the Tor Browser and found Silk Road I could not believe that it existed, so I went digging. Here is the inception story of the Tor Browser from the Tor Project web site:
Tor was originally designed, implemented, and deployed as a third-generation onion routing project of the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory. It was originally developed with the U.S. Navy in mind, for the primary purpose of protecting government communications. Today, it is used every day for a wide variety of purposes by normal people, the military, journalists, law enforcement officers, activists, and many others.
And here is a description of Bitcoin from Wikipedia:
Satoshi Nakamoto (中本 哲史 Nakamoto Satoshi?) is a person or group of persons that created the Bitcoin protocol and reference software, Bitcoin-Qt. In 2008, Nakamoto published a paper on The Cryptography Mailing list at metzdowd.com describing the Bitcoin digital currency. In 2009, he released the first Bitcoin software that launched the network and the first units of the Bitcoin currency, called bitcoins.
Apparently his name is actually A. Satoshi Nakamoto; in Japanese you say people’s names backwards – that makes his initials NSA.
If I were the head of an international intelligence organization, the moment I realized the power of internet, I would freak out that all my current intelligence methods would mean nothing in this new world. So I would quickly start devising ways to listen in - maybe promote cryptography with a back door, and a routing protocol that everybody thinks is secure and untraceable. Then I’d throw in a currency that no one allegedly controls but where every transaction is recorded so I can see how money flows.
And if I was really devious, I would make it so obvious that nobody would believe it is me!