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SEXINT is the practice of monitoring and/or indexing the pornographic preferences of internet users in an effort to later use the information for blackmail. The term is a portmanteau of sexual intelligence retrieved on an intelligence service target and was first used by Jennifer Granick, Director of Civil Liberties at the Stanford Center for Internet and Society.[1][2]


The term was first used specifically in reference to the practice by Five Eyes member, the National Security Agency of the United States of America. It is unclear how often these programs and methods are used in comparison to other Five Eyes initiatives such as Optic Nerve (GCHQ), MUSCULAR, and XKEYSCORE.

The extent to which SEXINT itself is used is unknown. Targets who have come forward are few and far between. While first-hand accounts are rare it is confirmed that 6 people, all Muslims not involved in any terror plots, were demonstrated as potential targets of this method for their influence on the popular video hosting sites YouTube, Facebook and other social media websites.[3]

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  1. ^ Granick, Jennifer (November 29, 2013). "NSA SEXINT is the Abuse You've All Been Waiting For". Center for Internet and Society. Stanford Law School. Retrieved May 7, 2014.
  2. ^ Granick, Jennifer (November 29, 2013). "NSA SEXINT is the Abuse You've All Been Waiting For". Just Security. Retrieved May 7, 2014.
  3. ^ Greenwald, Glen; Grim, Ryan; Gallagher, Ryan (November 26, 2013). "Top-Secret Document Reveals NSA Spied On Porn Habits As Part Of Plan To Discredit 'Radicalizers'". The Huffington Post. Retrieved May 7, 2014.