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A Sinister Cyber-Surveillance Scheme Exposed

Posted By admin On June 23, 2011 @ 6:41 am In Featured Stories | Comments Disabled

Hacked emails from security contractor HBGary Federal reveal a disturbing public-private partnership to spy on web users

Barrett Brown
London Guardian [1]
Thursday, June 23, 2011

Last February, three of these firms – HBGary Federal, Palantir and Berico, known collectively as Team Themis – were discovered to have conspired to hire out their information war capabilities [2] to corporations which hoped to strike back at perceived enemies, including US activist groups, WikiLeaks [3] and journalist Glenn Greenwald. That such a dangerous new dynamic was now in play was only revealed due to a raid by hackers associated with the Anonymous [4] collective, resulting in the dissemination of more than 70,000 emails [5] to and from executives at HBGary Federal and affiliated company HBGary.

After having spent several months studying those emails and otherwise investigating the industry depicted therein, I have revealed my summary [6] of a classified US intelligence programme known as Romas/COIN [7], as well as its upcoming replacement, known as Odyssey. The programme appears to allow for the large-scale monitoring of social networks by way of such things as natural language processing, semantic analysis, latent semantic indexing and IT intrusion. At the same time, it also entails the dissemination of some unknown degree of information to a given population through a variety of means – without any hint that the actual source is US intelligence. Scattered discussions of Arab translation services may indicate that the programme targets the Middle East.

Despite the details I have provided in the document – which is also now in the possession of several major news outlets [8] and which may be published in whole or in part by any party that cares to do so – there remains a great deal that is unclear about Romas/COIN and the capabilities it comprises. The information with which I’ve worked consists almost entirely of email correspondence between executives of several firms that together sought to win the contract to provide the programme’s technical requirements, and because many of the discussions occurred in meetings and phone conversations, the information remaining deals largely with prospective partners, the utility of one capability over another, and other clues spread out over hundreds of email exchanges between a large number of participants.

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[1] London Guardian: http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/cifamerica/2011/jun/22/hacking-anonymous

[2] were discovered to have conspired to hire out their information war capabilities: http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/cifamerica/2011/feb/17/wikileaks-internet?INTCMP=SRCH

[3] WikiLeaks: http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/wikileaks

[4] Anonymous: http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/anonymous

[5] dissemination of more than 70,000 emails: http://blogs.forbes.com/seanlawson/2011/02/22/hbgary-hearts-apple/

[6] I have revealed my summary: http://wiki.echelon2.org:8090/wiki/Romas/COIN

[7] classified US intelligence programme known as Romas/COIN: http://www.networkworld.com/community/node/75467

[8] in the possession of several major news outlets: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2011/06/22/u-s-conducting-mass-surveillance-against-arab-world-report/

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[10] Stock up with Fresh Food that lasts with eFoodsDirect (AD): http://www.efoodsdirect.com/

[11] Security Grifters Partner-Up on Sinister Cyber-Surveillance Project: http://www.prisonplanet.com/security-grifters-partner-up-on-sinister-cyber-surveillance-project.html

[12] Exposed: Military contractors hired to create fake Facebook accounts, infiltrate opposing groups: http://www.prisonplanet.com/exposed-military-contractors-hired-to-create-fake-facebook-accounts-infiltrate-opposing-groups.html

[13] Sinister truth about Google spies: http://www.prisonplanet.com/sinister-truth-about-google-spies.html

[14] Anonymous: US security firms ‘planned to attack WikiLeaks’: http://www.prisonplanet.com/anonymous-us-security-firms-planned-to-attack-wikileaks.html

[15] Lawmakers want spy agencies to share cyber data: http://www.prisonplanet.com/lawmakers-want-spy-agencies-to-share-cyber-data.html

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