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ZDNet UK: Carnivore: The truth is worse than you thought

Oct 18, 2000, 15:05 (12 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Brock Meeks)

"Carnivore, the FBI's controversial email snooping program, is part of covert surveillance triad known inside the bureau as the "DragonWare Suite", according to recently declassified documents. The documents also outline how the DragonWare Suite is more than simply an email snooping program: it's capable of reconstructing the Web surfing trail of someone under investigation."

"According to an analysis of the declassified documents by SecurityFocus, a California-based computer security firm, the DragonWare Suite can "reconstruct Web pages exactly as a surveillance target saw them while surfing the Web". Besides Carnivore, the DragonWare Suite includes programs called "Packeteer" and "Coolminer", the documents reveal. These latter programs are used to reconstruct the raw data scooped up in the initial phase by Carnivore."

"The FBI was forced to release documents relating to Carnivore as the result of a lawsuit brought by the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC). The suit was filed to force the bureau to comply with a Freedom of Information Act request the Washington-based privacy watchdog organisation filed earlier this year."

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