Skip to comments.FBI pressures Internet providers to install surveillance software
Posted on 08/03/2013 10:40:40 AM PDT by Jim Robinson
CNET has learned the FBI has developed custom "port reader" software to intercept Internet metadata in real time. And, in some cases, it wants to force Internet providers to use the software.
The U.S. government is quietly pressuring telecommunications providers to install eavesdropping technology deep inside companies' internal networks to facilitate surveillance efforts.
FBI officials have been sparring with carriers, a process that has on occasion included threats of contempt of court, in a bid to deploy government-provided software capable of intercepting and analyzing entire communications streams. The FBI's legal position during these discussions is that the software's real-time interception of metadata is authorized under the Patriot Act.
Attempts by the FBI to install what it internally refers to as "port reader" software, which have not been previously disclosed, were described to CNET in interviews over the last few weeks. One former government official said the software used to be known internally as the "harvesting program."
Carriers are "extra-cautious" and are resisting installation of the FBI's port reader software, an industry participant in the discussions said, in part because of the privacy and security risks of unknown surveillance technology operating on an sensitive internal network.
It's "an interception device by definition," said the industry participant, who spoke on condition of anonymity because court proceedings are sealed. "If magistrates knew more, they would approve less." It's unclear whether any carriers have installed port readers, and at least one is actively opposing the installation.
In a statement from a spokesman, the FBI said it has the legal authority to use alternate methods to collect Internet metadata, including source and destination IP addresses: "In circumstances where a provider is unable to comply with a court order utilizing its own technical solution(s), law enforcement may offer to provide technical assistance...
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Um... NO. If the FBI can violate the Constitution, so can we. NSA and FBI better stop this crap before we get tired of putting up with it and put a stop to it HARD.
Tired of my Rights being infringed upon.
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.........the FBI has developed custom “port reader” software to intercept Internet metadata in real time.>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
More unconstitutional warrantless searches.Look, the fact uis that the Obama administration will use data acquired
tis way to damage its political enemies.
We need to put a stop to this....... NOW~
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70% of America has no idea about this and don’t even care....just as long as the shelves are full, fridge is stocked, gas in the car, and access to wifi is available...
The point is they want us to KNOW they are doing it.
Rather than have to actively control each and every one of us one-on-one, they want to induce FEAR and let us self-censor and control ourselves.
Induce FEAR to influence behavior.
Isn't that the very definition of TERRORISM?
(1) The mentality that "More control = better",
(2) The FBI as a bureaucracy wants to ensure its own survival; having NSA's PRISM be found Kosher means it will move into more legitimate/mundane prosecutions, this will, in turn, cause the FBI to lose much relevance and open it to being reduced in size or eliminated altogether,
(3) Professional envy; the FBI might just want in on the action
And it could be combinations of the three.
It's the private industry that provides the economic engine that is taxed to pay for the government.
What would happen if they all rise up and say "No?"
When you are in bed with someone at times it is not easy to say ‘no’. ;-)
Active eavesdropping hardware sure simplifies the Feds’ snooping.
“When will the CEO’s of major private corporations such as trading, banking, investing, oil, consumer goods, etc., rise up and protest this?”
Why in the world would they do that? These are the same people that pay congress to pass legislation favorable to them. They own the government, especially the bankers. They don’t care about you or your family except as a rancher cares about his herd. Just shut up and keep working.
Are We Approaching>?
“A Ceausescu Moment”
Abimbola Adelakun: Between Amaechi & Ceausescu http://omojuwa.com/2013/04/abimbola-adelakun-between-amaechi-and-ceausescu/
Mr. President learn from Ceausescu! http://www.wnd.com/2010/10/211825/ Are we near Oboma’s Ceausescu Moment?