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------- Forwarded message follows ------- Date sent: Tue, 11 Jul 2000 12:07:59 -0400 (EDT) From: "P.J. Ponder" <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: FBI announcement on email search 'Carnivore'
>From today's 'Good Morning Silicon Valley':
FBI unearths sequel to Orwell's 1984: Privacy advocates are outraged over the FBI's deployment of a high-speed e-mail search technology called Carnivore which can scan massive amounts of data for e-mail messages from criminal suspects. Federal investigators -- who claim to have used the system in fewer than 100 cases since it debuted a year ago -- showed the technology to industry specialists in Washington a few weeks ago in the hopes of fostering an industry consensus on a standard for monitoring all digital communications. Marcus Thomas, chief of the FBI's Cyber Technology Section at Quantico, described Carnivore as nothing more than a "very specialized sniffer." Privacy advocates, predictably, see the technology as wide open to abuse. Said Mark Rasch, a former federal computer-crimes prosecutor, "It's the electronic equivalent of listening to everybody's phone calls to see if it's the phone call you should be monitoring."
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