News Burst: FBI uses covert email surveillance system

A super-fast scanning system nicknamed 'Carnivore' is being used by the FBI to covertly search through email messages, says the Wall Street Journal
Written by Will Knight, Contributor

America's Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is using a super-fast email scanning system dubbed "Carnivore" to covertly trawl through email messages in order to capture suspected criminals, reports the Wall Street Journal Tuesday.

The revelations have caused a furore among privacy and security advocates, because it requires a direct connection to a commercial ISP's network, giving the authorities, in theory, access to all Internet communications.

Carnivore is reportedly nothing more than a personal computer fitted with special software capable of scanning millions of emails in a second.

According to the WSJ's report Carnivore, which was launched last year, has been used to gather evidence in fewer than 100 criminal cases.

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