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Salon: Defanging Carnivore

Sep 25, 2000, 12:25 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Sean Dugan)

"Graham is the CTO of NetworkICE, a security company he co-founded with Greg Gilliom and Clinton Lum to provide "anti-hacking" services such as intrusion detection software. Given his family background and his own interests, one could understand that Graham might be interested in anything related to cyber-snooping. But on Tuesday Graham took his involvement to a whole new level, inserting himself directly into the middle of the charged debate over Carnivore -- the FBI's much-maligned system for spying on the e-mails of suspected criminals."

"Graham released to the general public the source code to "Altivore," a program that mimics all the capabilities of Carnivore. Part protest against Carnivore's potential for invasions of privacy and part defensive measure aimed at subverting Carnivore, Altivore is the latest escalation of the ongoing battle over just how much privacy we can expect in cyberspace...."

"A: Is it accurate to characterize Altivore as open-source software?"

"A: That depends on someone's open-source definition. Right now, we're holding the copyright close to our chest because there are so many open-source licenses out there to choose from. Right now, we're basically just "copyright: us." I think we're looking at the BSD license, rather than the GPL license."

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