Trafficthief (stylized TRAFFICTHIEF) is a database maintained by the United States' National Security Agency (NSA) and operated under the Turbulence program, containing "Meta-data from a subset of tasked strong-selectors,"[1] according to an XKeyscore presentation. An example of a strong selector is an email address. In other words, it would be a database of the metadata associated with names, phone numbers, email addresses, and other identifying information that intelligence services are specifically targeting. Journalist Marc Ambinder speculates the program is a "raw SIGINT viewer for data analysis."[2]


  1. ^ Greenwald, Glenn (July 31, 2013). "XKeyscore: NSA tool collects 'nearly everything a user does on the internet'". Retrieved May 20, 2015.
  2. ^ Ambinder, Marc (May 20, 2014). "An Educated Guess About How the NSA Is Structured". The Retrieved May 20, 2015.