This latest attempt to raid ISPs is following one insidious pattern. Here are some other pixels worth connecting.
The system is called the Cyber Incident Detection and Data Analysis Center (CIDDAC) and it was first created by the Philadelphia chapter of
The FBI's InfraGard is a communications system whereby private industry and government can exchange information about threats and vulnerabilities to
the nation's vital information systems.
CIDDAC kind of gets us information that we weren't able to get before and still protect the privacy of corporations
," said FBI Special
Agent John Chesson.
CIDDAC attaches real-time attack-detection sensors onto participating computer networks and tracks activity in search of hackers or OTHER
Once those sensors warn CIDDAC of an intrusion, data is sent to the main hub at the University of Pennsylvania for analysis. The center will then
notify DHS and the FBI of the intrusion.
The government says its only interest is in large-scale attacks, not individual companies' personal data, and vows that information gained won't
compromise users' privacy.
The FBI is poised to launch the Sentinel program to build, among other things, a case management system to replace the defunct Virtual Case File
Sentinel is to be designed along the lines of the Federal Investigative Case Management Solution (FICMS), which will provide a blueprint for federal
law enforcement case management systems. Senior bureau officials from across the country recently met in Washington to review the concept of
operations for Sentinel.
Because Sentinel is based on a service-oriented architecture, other agencies will be able to use the core solution.
The bureau has not yet appointed a project manager for Sentinel. Officials said the FBI is conducting an executive search that will include looking at
Senior Executive Service leaders in other intelligence and law enforcement agencies, as well as private sector executives.
Sentinel will go beyond [the capabilities of] VCF," the official added. "It is part of a larger service-oriented architecture, to develop and deploy
services and capabilities to FBI employees."
The bureau plans to run the Sentinel procurement through the National Institutes of Health's Government Wide Acquisition Contract office.
A Bush administration proposal would grant the FBI broad authority to track the mail of people in terrorism investigations.
Would allow the FBI to direct postal officials to turn in names, addresses and other material on the outside of letters sent to or from people
connected to foreign intelligence investigations. But the Postal Service is raising privacy concerns about the plan to carry out such operations,
called mail covers.
the plan would effectively eliminate postal inspectors’ discretion in deciding when mail covers are needed, giving sole authority to the FBI, if it
decides that the material is “relevant to an authorized investigation to obtain foreign intelligence.”
The proposal would not allow the FBI to open mail or review its contents, however. According to the officials who spoke to the Times, that would
require a search warrant.
The proposal is part of a larger package that strengthens the FBI’s authority to demand business records in intelligence gathering without judicial
or grand jury approval.
Zoe Strickland, chief privacy officer for the Postal Service, told the Times that “from a privacy perspective, you want to make sure that the right
balance is struck between protecting people’s mail and aiding law enforcement, and this legislation could impact that balance negatively.”...the
new proposal ”removes discretion from the Postal Inspection Service as to how the mail covers are implemented,” and that she worries ”quite a
bit about the balance being struck here, and we’re quite mystified as to how this got put in the legislation.”
added for emphasis
Monitor, Web, Net, Going Postal seem to be taking on their other catchy meanings like a bad commercial of Big Bro taunting "You can fear me now'.
[edit on 30-5-2005 by Vajrayana]