For all the amazing technology developed by and for American defense and intelligence agencies, the government’s spooks are apparently lagging way behind in one key area: Smartphones. That means no mobile email or Angry Birds for our nation’s spy corps. One NSA agent is trying to change that.
In a move that is poised to become extremely unpopular with privacy advocates, the National Security Agency -- you may remember them from the warrant-less wiretapping scandal -- is launching a program dubbed "Perfect Citizen" to detect cyber attacks on private companies running critical infrastructure like the electricity grid or nuclear plants. All companies have to do is let the NSA deploy a bunch of sensors within their networks, and trust that the nation's best eavesdropping agency won't abuse the system.
We always knew that the National Security Agency collects a lot of surveillance data from satellites and by other means, but we never quite imagined it was this much: the NSA estimates it will have enough data by 2015 to fill a million datacenters spread across the equivalent combined area of Delaware and Rhode Island. The NSA wants to store yottabytes of data, and one yottabyte comes to 1,000,000,000,000,000 GB.
The Osama tapes highlight a technical challenge: verifying the voice of the enemy.
By Jessica Snyder SachsPosted 02.24.2003 at 8:08 pm 0 Comments
Last November's split verdict on the Osama bin Laden tape was more than another disagreement between the United States and Europeans over the al Qaeda threat. It was a salvo in a war that is heating up over the future of forensic voice analysis, or voiceprinting.