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Thursday, January 20, 2005

FBI Kills Carnivore

The FBI has switched to commercially available computer software to read emails and trace computer activity among suspected criminals, terrorists and spies.  Prior to the switch, the FBI used a controversial custom-built surveillance program called "Carnivore."  According to FBI spokesman Paul Bresson, the FBI decided to abandon Carnivore because the commercially available computer surveillance software has significantly improved in effectiveness and is less expensive. More from MSNBC... 

I always thought that naming their original spy software a sinister name like "Carnivore" doomed it to failure from day one.  The FBI apparently needs some help in the PR department.  Perhaps if they had called it the "Happy Bunny Computer Program," civil libertarian groups would not have noticed.  [Mark Godsey]

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