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New US Government Project To Monitor Electronic Communication 164

An anonymous reader writes "PRODIGAL (Proactive Discovery of Insider Threats Using Graph Analysis and Learning) is a recently uncovered U.S. government program created in partnership with the Georgia Tech School of Computational Science and Engineering, ostensibly to monitor IMs, texts, and emails on government networks, is feared to be turned on the U.S. population at large. From the article: 'Cherie Anderson runs a travel company in southern California, and she's convinced the federal government is reading her emails. But she's all right with that. "I assume it's part of the Patriot Act and I really don't mind," she says. "I figure I'm probably boring them to death."'"
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New US Government Project To Monitor Electronic Communication

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  • First post! (Score:5, Funny)

    by GameboyRMH ( 1153867 ) <> on Monday December 05, 2011 @11:58AM (#38266576) Journal

    First entry into PRODIGAL database!

  • Re:Encrypt (Score:5, Funny)

    by Neutral_Observer ( 1409941 ) on Monday December 05, 2011 @12:12PM (#38266792)
    I have been working on an application that makes this easy for every... hold on, someone is at the door.... ****carrier lost****
  • by Anonymous Coward on Monday December 05, 2011 @12:54PM (#38267408)

    Cherie Anderson:
    Anderson, nordic last name: aryan flag, militia flag, christian flag, racial solidarity flag

    Person match:
    Slashdot, an open techno-social resistance site: knowledge flag, ideals flag, subversion flag, networking flag, anonymous flag, hacking flag, criticism flag, hub flag, unusual interests flag
    Discovery, an unredacted popular science site: knowledge flag, inspiration flag, networking flag, science flag, news flag, hub flag, unusual interests flag
    Travel agency AB7311C2, a "prime interest" industry: owner flag, subversion flag, knowledge flag, hub flag, transportation flag, capabilities flag, insider flag, resources flag, moneylaundering flag, financial flag, offensive category 111F flag, defensive category 02B3 flag

    Flagged words: Patriot Act, death
    Pattern counts: 2 "I"'s per sentence, narcissist flag

    California: troublemaker flag, insolvency flag, social unrest flag, extremism flag

  • by PPH ( 736903 ) on Monday December 05, 2011 @12:55PM (#38267440)

    My private communications should be kept between myself, my closest friends, and my sysadmin [].

  • by c6gunner ( 950153 ) on Monday December 05, 2011 @01:19PM (#38267792)

    I've assumed that the US government has been intercepting all our communications since they first had the technical ability.

    I look at this the same way I might view a person who said to me "I've always assumed that an invisible Bigfoot watches me whenever I masturbate".

    What should we expect from them today? I expect that as soon as they find a terrorism suspect, that they are able to review his/her communications retrospectively; and also those whom he/she had contact with and so on 3 plys deep. To do that, they need an archive of everyone's messages 100% of the time, because they can't know in advance whose they want to review in the future.

    Also, they're flying interstellar UFO's out of area 51. And don't forget the Alien Autopsies.

    C'mon man ... REALLY? This is a tech-site. I know a lot of us are sci-fi fans, too, but primarily we're supposed to be tech geeks. How in the world could anyone who is familiar with modern technology convince themselves that the US government has the capabilities you've just described? Is it a case of paranoia overriding common sense, or is there some other problem?

  • by qbast ( 1265706 ) on Monday December 05, 2011 @03:00PM (#38269376)
    Sound of drone firing?

I've noticed several design suggestions in your code.