eWeek: Report: FBI could abuse Carnivore
Nov 22, 2000, 17:44 (3 Talkback[s])
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"In a 121-page report released Tuesday night by the U.S.
Department of Justice, a seven-member review team gave mixed marks
to the FBI's Internet surveillance system, known as Carnivore.
While the Illinois Institute of Technology Research Institute
review team confirmed that the software program can snoop on e-mail
communications in a manner limited by a court order, it voiced
concern over the lack of any method of assuring that FBI agents
don't abuse the system."
"We found that the system does not over-collect, and that it
basically does what it's represented to do," said Henry Perritt
Jr., head of the review panel and dean of the Chicago-Kent College
of Law, in a Wall Street Journal report. "Some of the larger
concerns were way, way overblown." One of those concerns -- the
alleged ability of the system to monitor all traffic -- has no
factual basis, stated the report."
"However, the system is a tool without safeguards to prevent
misuse, according to the report. The system does not keep track of
who accessed it and when. Every operator has the same username --
"administrator" -- and there is no feature for confirming that the
wiretap has been ordered by a court."