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Carnivores and backbones

Posted on Tue, Feb 07, 2006 at 11:25 PM by Andrew Chadwick

Watching the excellent This Week In Tech #39 over the weekend I was intrigued by the comments of the President of the California ISP Association, Dane Jasper, regarding US government surveillance of ISPs. Jasper discussed the government's fabled Carnivore (now DCS1000) Internet 'wiretap' system, but stated that his own ISP, Sonic.net, had never had a request to install a DCS1000 machine. In fact, he added that these days that sort of surveillance would take place at the telecommunication backbones level, which goes against what most of the (admittedly slight) literature would suggest.

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