Saturday, December 31, 2011

Homeland Security has created fake profiles to scan Facebook, Twitter accounts

The Department of Homeland Security makes fake Twitter and Facebook profiles for the specific purpose of scanning the networks for 'sensitive' words - and tracking people who use them. Simply using a word or phrase from the DHS's 'watch' list could mean that spies from the government read your posts, investigate your account, and attempt to identify you from it, acccording to an online privacy group. The words which attract attention range from ones seemingly related to diseases or bioweapons such as 'human to animal' and 'outbreak' to other, more obscure words such as 'drill' and 'strain'. The DHS also watches for words such as 'illegal immigrant'. The DHS outlined plans to scans blogs, Twitter and Facebook for words such as 'illegal immigrant', 'outbreak', 'drill', 'strain', 'virus', 'recovery', 'deaths', 'collapse', 'human to animal' and 'trojan', according to an 'impact asssessment' document filed by the agency. When its search tools net an account using the phrases, they record personal information...more

Well, since many of my posts on energy have the word "drill", and on animal diseases have "outbreak", and on border security have "illegal immigrant", they must be scanning the hell out of me.

So, "Hello" to the DHS Scanner(s).  Stick around and you might learn something.

1 comment:

Tick said...

Simply announcing you were a "former legislative assistant to a U.S. Senator" would put you on the NSA, CIA, FBI and maybe even more watch lists.