FBI’s Carnivore: “vacuum cleaner” approach to tracking your data
FBI sucks in complete internet pipes in latest surveillance evolution
It looks as though the FBI is quietly canning its long-standing Carnivore methodology of scanning internet users’ sessions, and, where it is difficult to isolate a users’ actual IP session, simply replicating and recording the entire IP data pipe.
According to the ZDNet newswire, this approach effectively monitors the online activities of thousands of internet users at a time into massive databases, which can then be queried for names, e-mail addresses or keywords.
The Carnivore system – aka DCS-1000 – is a Windows-driven customisable packet sniffing platform that was first deployed in the field by the FBI back in 1997 and was very successful. The system was reportedly augmented by another system, an enhanced version of NarusInsight, in 2005, Infosecurity notes.
`NarusInsight-plus’, it seems, is also getting pensioned off in favour of what some experts call the `vacuum cleaner’ approach.