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eWeek: Report: FBI could abuse Carnivore

Nov 22, 2000, 17:44 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Robert Lemos)

"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."

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