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Software that tracks your every move and predicts future behavior draws heat
02-13-2013, 06:34 PM,
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Software that tracks your every move and predicts future behavior draws heat
Quote:US defense giant Raytheon has developed a controversial software that uses social networking sites to track your movements, able to predict where a person will be and their future behavior. The program has drawn criticism from civil rights groups.

A video obtained exclusively by The Guardian shows how software developed by the US defense contractor Raytheon, can gather vast amounts of personal information from social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Foursquare.

Raytheon has admitted that the technology was shared with the US government as part of a joint research and development program in 2010, as part of an effort to build a national security system capable of analyzing trillions of entities from cyberspace.

But, the Massachusetts-based company says it has not sold the software, which is called Riot, or Rapid Information Overlay Technology, to any clients.

The controversial software allegedly enables access to entire parts of a person’s life, their friends, any pictures of themselves they have posted online and places they have visited charted on a map.

In the video it is explained by Brian Urch, Raytheon’s ‘principal investigator’, exactly how the program can be used to track someone down.

“We’re going to track down one of our employees,” says Urch. He then proceeds to show, using information gathered from social networking sites, how “Nick” visited Washington National Park and a picture of Nick in the park with a blonde woman.

“We know where Nick is going, we know what Nick looks like, now we want to try to predict where he will be in the future,” Urch continues.

As Nick regularly uses Foursquare, a phone app that alerts friends to your whereabouts, it was possible for Riot to track the top ten places visited by Nick and the times at which they were visited.

It shows that Nick visits a gym every Monday at 6am. “So if you want to get hold of Nick, or maybe get hold of his laptop, you might want to visit the gym at 6am on a Monday,” says Urch.

Using public websites for law enforcement is considered legal in most countries, and Riot will be of interest to intelligence and national security agencies. In February last year the FBI requested that it wanted to develop ways of mining social media sites for monitoring “bad actors or groups”.

This has prompted concern from civil liberties groups about online privacy. Ginger McCall, an attorney at the Washington-based Electronic Privacy Information Center, said Riot raised concerns about how an individual’s data could be collected covertly without oversight or regulation.

“Users may be posting information that they believe will be viewed only by their friends, but instead it is being used by government officials or pulled in by data collection services like the Riot search,” McCall told The Guardian.

But Raytheon defended its product and in an email to the Guardian Jared Adams, a spokesman for the company’s intelligence and information systems department, said it would help to meet the US’s rapidly changing security needs.He also highlighted that it does not analyze personally identifiable information, such as bank details or social security numbers.

In December Raytheon indicated that Riot would be part of a patent the company is pursuing for a system designed to gather data from social networking sites and blogs to identify if someone is a national security risk.

http://rt.com/news/software-tracks-predicts-raytheon-878/
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02-14-2013, 10:00 AM,
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RE: Software that tracks your every move and predicts future behavior draws heat
Haha, people are so paranoid. Can the software detect the probability of the next false flag operation?

Stay tuned!
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02-14-2013, 12:05 PM,
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RE: Software that tracks your every move and predicts future behavior draws heat

It is an interesting article, but a few people have come out over the years ratting out these types of software-based violations.

A fellow from the NSA who wrote the same type of software while employed there, has been giving lectures on it for years, and saying exactly how it works, and its original intent.

So now the military has it too... so how do they get access to the Internet in that manner? The last I checked the military had nothing to do with running the Internet... however, we all know that is just the SPIN and that the military has always been working hand in glove with the other domineering organisations, even if the do tend to fight amongst themselves in the lower ranks, the top level people in all of these organisations all belong to one unit... albeit unnamed.
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02-21-2013, 09:29 AM,
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RE: Software that tracks your every move and predicts future behavior draws heat
Here's a streaming video of the Raytheon application.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/video/2013/feb/10/raytheon-software-tracks-online-video

What's sad is that people actually get paid to snoop in on people like this all day, then they get a fat pension.

This video was "leaked" to get the people in that restless mode where we are always watched by our big mother.

The internet is a trap.

Kill your cell phones at the very least.
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02-21-2013, 11:31 AM,
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RE: Software that tracks your every move and predicts future behavior draws heat
So what if "authorities" want to track me? Let them.

If they want to know whether I'm heading out shopping, what I'm buying, what my habits are (many of which I've eliminated), and other details, what's the bother? It's like that big brouhaha about posting cameras at intersections to catch speeders. Privacy advocates said it was bad. I even bought into it for a while. But after actually rationalising it, I realised that there was nothing they could do with that information, because I'm just too damned boring a person to want to track.

I can see this being a concern for those who are deemed as threats to the aspirations of The Glorious World Leaders. But let's call this natural selection: those potential threats who don't learn to stay a step or two ahead of TPTB and don't randomise their movements and habits get eliminated, while those who do get to stay in the game and become even more beneficial to the fight.

Here's something to fuel some paranoia, which I'm sure at least a few here have read about: Metal Gear.

Leaked HBGary memos documented a program (literally a piece of software) run by CIA agents which would emulate several "personalities", complete with online accounts, unique typing patterns (grammar, spelling, etc.). These would be used to emulate users on message boards and chats to fish for potential threats against the purification of democracy.

Now THAT'S dope. That's the ultimate trolling software right there. I was thinking to myself, "I wonder how many people I can piss off per hour with such a beast!"

Now I got other priorities, but it would have been fun. Almost reminds me of that old MSDOS program "Babble", that analysed text files and spit out random sentences based on the order of words in the file. Take that to the next level, analyse incoming texts from forums and IRC, add grammar and spelling randomiser algorithms, and you have Metal Gear.
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