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Carnivore

2004/08/11

The FBI's ip wiretapping software, since renamed "DCS1000". After a court order allowing it, the FBI would install a computer at your ISP's premises to monitor your packets. Of course the concerns of civil libertarians included wondering what other packets are picked up as a side effect. They also wonder how secure the FBI's system is: could it be taken over by someone else either for other snooping or to generate false information about the intened target? This was even more alarming when it was revealed that the NT based system used Windows PcAnywhere for remote administrator access! Interestingly, it originally was called Omnivore and ran on Solaris.

Carnivore's name came up again recently as Congress looked at VoIP.



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