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.Ha ha, now the Daily Mail is on the spy list for repeating the key words! Wait, er.. Oh well, I guess we can't be too careful when dealing with bloggers and tweeters yakking about illegal immigrants and recovery and strains. Dang, did it again! Hey wait, 'recovery'? 'Strain'? That implicates the White House itself. Fishy!
When its search tools net an account using the phrases, they record personal information. It's still not clear how this information is used - and who the DHS shares it with.Why Dick Cheney, who else? Let's see now, what's that quip about voting for McCain and such?
Double Barrel Assault 12/30/11
While stories float around about the DHS snooping on regular peeps we have to worry about hackers with noble intent using their skills not to become the next Steve Jobs but to provide our credit card numbers to various geeks and Russian criminals:
“It’s time to dump the full 75,000 names, addresses, CCs and md5 hashed passwords to every customer that has ever paid Stratfor. But that’s not all: we’re also dumping ~860,000 usernames, email addresses, and md5 hashed passwords for everyone who’s ever registered on Stratfor’s site… Did you notice 50,000 of these email addresses are .mil and .gov?”Sorry boys and gals, but if that's your MO it ain't noble, it's damn stupid. All you're doing is making it easier for politicians to declare the web is that much more dangerous and therefore must have tighter controls, while setting yourself up for an orange jump suit.