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ID:

434

Date:

2007-08-29

Headline:

Point, Click ... Eavesdrop: How the FBI Wiretap Net Operates

Reporter's name:

Ryan Singel

Delay/denial:

No

Lawsuit:

Yes

Fees:

No

Media outlet:

Wired News

City:

Washington, DC

Summary:

Documents obtained under FOIA by the Electronic Frontier Foundation show that the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has developed a national electronic-data surveillance system that can be activated instantly for most communications devices. The system, known as Digital Collection System Network (DCSNet), facilitated the connection of FBI data-recording nodes to telecommunications infrastructure in response to Justice Department concerns that new technology would reduce the ability of law enforcement to monitor electronic communications effectively.

Notes:

Many details and capabilities of DCSNet were redacted, but information released did depict three separate programs, focusing on signaling information, the content of communications, and data from suspected spies and terrorists. Documents also showed that a 2003 internal audit revealed DCSNet to have had problems similar to those affecting Carnivore, an earlier electronic information-gathering FBI program.

Keywords:

FBI, surveillance, wiretapping, DCSNet, software, Electronic Frontier Foundation, EFF, telephone, switches, data, security

URL:

http://www.wired.com/politics/security/news/2007/08/wiretap


Agencies:

DOJ
FBI

States:

CA
DC

Categories:

national security
technology
telecommunications


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