Saturday, January 15, 2005

FBI's Carnivore is obsolete

SecurityFocus has an article by Kevin Poulsenon saying that the controversial Carnivore program has been replaced.

FBI surveillance experts have put their once-controversial Carnivore Internet surveillance tool out to pasture, preferring instead to use commercial products to eavesdrop on network traffic, according to documents released Friday.

Two reports to Congress obtained by the Washington-based Electronic Privacy Information Center under the Freedom of Information Act reveal that the FBI didn't use Carnivore, or its rebranded version "DCS-1000," at all during the 2002 and 2003 fiscal years. Instead, the bureau turned to unnamed commercially-available products to conduct Internet surveillance thirteen times in criminal investigations in that period.

I was suprised that it was only used 13 times in a year. I'd expect packet sniffers to be used more often with all the internet crime out there....

Saw this over at Slashdot: News for Nerds.

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