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BW: Network ICE Releases Open-source Carnivore

Sep 08, 2000, 20:50 (3 Talkback[s])

"Network ICE is disclosing the source code to a new e-mail sniffing program called "Altivore." This software provides a potential alternative to ISPs who do not want to install the FBI's secretive black-box known as "Carnivore." Altivore will allow ISPs to respond to court ordered e-mail surveillance without FBI help, thus allowing them to be self-regulated instead of government regulated."

"The controversy surrounding Carnivore comes from the mystery of its internal operations," says Robert Graham, CTO of Network ICE. "We are disclosing the full details of our program to allow auditing by the security community."

"Altivore is based upon concepts similar to Network ICE's award-winning intrusion detection technology with stateful packet decoding. This allows more accurate data collection that avoids many of the controversial technical concerns surrounding Carnivore."

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