posted on Apr, 30 2003 @ 12:21 PM
mere links to the content were not enough?
From the site: "The U.S. government is making it known that they can and do sift through all the data packets on the internet, using Carnivore and
Echelon, hoping to find some terrorist's email in the process. As long as they're looking for words like these, let's give them the satisfaction
of finding a few."
Simply put, not possible. The hardware and manpower required for the task described is beyond extraordinary. We calculated the required hard drive
storage space to manage the tracking of one-day's worth of e-mail a couple months ago here. The figure came to a couple-thousand terrabytes (1,000
gigabytes) of storage... for one day. This is because the nature of TCP/IP technology does not allow for "stream watching" as some people think,
each packet would need to be duplicated and routed to the monitoring station somehow... also requiring an immediate doubling of bandwidth
utilization... again cost prohibitive.
What can be done
is the monitoring of packets to and packets from a given location (server), once monitoring devices are put in place.