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Date: 2002-04-02

Update: EPIC gegen Carnivore

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Was ist nur aus dem guten alten Carnviore, dem großen Datenfresser des
FBI geworden? Seit er DCS-1000 heisst, will ihn kein Netzwerker mehr
irgendwo gesehen haben, nur die Boys von EPIC vergaßen seiner nicht. Zwar
wurde in der Klage gegen das Justizministerium eine Runde gewonnen, doch
dieses rückt die technischen Unterlagen wieder einmal nur sehr ungern

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Whatever Happened to Carnivore? By Jay Lyman NewsFactor Network April
1, 2002

Sobel said EPIC and other organizations are keeping pressure on the U.S.
Department of Justice and FBI to disclose exactly what law enforcement
officials are doing with Carnivore.

Its name may have changed from Carnivore to DCS-1000, but the
controversial cybersnooping software used by the Federal Bureau of
Investigation is still on the hunt for information, and likely is scouring vast
amounts of Internet communication.

In fact, Carnivore probably is chomping on more data than ever as a result of
the September 11th terrorist attacks in the United States. Following those
events, it was widely reported that the FBI installed its e-mail snooping
program on several Internet service provider (ISP) networks around the nation.

But a recent court order may mean that more information will be revealed
about how Carnivore works and what it is being used for, according to privacy

After all, while a majority of people may now be more willing to come under
government scrutiny in the name of security, civil libertarians say their
concerns that the snooping software threatens privacy have actually
heightened since September 11th.

Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) general counsel David Sobel
told NewsFactor that acquiring information about the e-mail sifting software
has been a long struggle. On March 25th, Washington D.C.-based EPIC won
a round in that battle when U.S. District Court Judge James Robertson
approved a further search of FBI records on Carnivore.

"It looked like something was imminent, then again nothing happened," Sobel
said in reference to last year's review of the snooping software by U.S.
Attorney General John Ashcroft.


However, Sobel said, EPIC and other organizations are keeping pressure on
the U.S. Department of Justice and the FBI to disclose exactly what law
enforcement officials are doing with Carnivore and how the software, which is
reportedly capable of "filtering" e-mail, works.

"We're still criticizing, and we're still pursuing our Freedom of Information Act
request," Sobel said. "The judge agreed the initial search was not complete,
and the FBI has been sent back to do more searching. Now there's a
likelihood that our lawsuit will generate more disclosure. I'm hopeful we'll
learn more."

Still, SecurityFocus incident analyst Ryan Russell said the events of
September 11th changed many citizens' minds.

"I think there is a lot less concern from the majority of people that they're
going to be monitored," Russell told NewsFactor.

Sobel argued, conversely, that people know the FBI already had significant
abilities -- both legal and technical -- to monitor communication before the


Regardless of whether people approved of its decision, the FBI deployed
Carnivore on ISPs across the country after September 11th, according to
numerous reports.

While EarthLink had resisted Carnivore deployment on its network prior to the
attacks, an EarthLink spokesperson told NewsFactor shortly afterward that
he assumed every large ISP in the country had been contacted by the FBI
and that all of them were cooperating.

More recently, however, EarthLink spokesperson Carla Shaw told
NewsFactor that the company's cooperation with law enforcement does not
mean that Carnivore is scanning the EarthLink network.


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