Warning to Gossipy Grunts: Darpa’s Eyeing Your E-Mails

#1
If you don’t have anything nice to say, then definitely don’t say it, type it or text it over a military network.The Pentagon’s intent on weeding out “insider threats” — troops or other military personnel who might be disgruntled enough to (Wiki)leak some documents, or mentally unhinged enough to go on a shooting rampage. Now, military-funded scientists are plotting a computer system that’d boast unprecedented abilities to scan and interpret every keystroke, log-in and file upload performed over Pentagon networks.Darpa, the military’s far-out research arm, recently announced a $9 million award to a consortium of five institutions, led by Georgia Tech, to kick off a two-year project called “Proactive Discovery of Insider Threats Using Graph Analysis and Learning,” (PRODIGAL). The initiative is one part of a larger Darpa endeavor, ADAMS, that aims to find malevolent insiders before they cause problems. Already, a team at Columbia University is using ADAMS funding to trick WikiLeaker wannabes with decoy documents.PRODIGAL would take that threat detection up a few notches.

Under the Columbia team’s plan, decoy documents would give military officials a trail of digital breadcrumbs: If the fakes were released online, analysts might be able to backtrack and figure out when and where they were obtained and how they went public.But PRODIGAL, if it works, could lead officials to a WikiLeaker before that person ever breaks the law.
Right now, a human analyst in the military has time to find and investigate a mere five anomalous computer activities a day — unusual file transfers, log-in locations or website visits — out of thousands that occur. PRODIGAL would make sure analysts were looking into the most important ones. The program would use a complex combination of algorithms, including those designed to spot anomalies and statistically calibrate their potential threat, and then spit out a ranked list of the unexplained events most in need of examination.The program will keep tabs on individual users, checking their activity history against current habits to detect unusual behavior. And it’s intended to be incredibly thorough: Researchers plan to create a program that scans e-mails, text messages, log-ins, file transfers and web browsing.

All in, the software will be able to scan an estimated 250 million e-mails, IMs and file transfers a day, along with infinite quantities of basic computer activity.
Sounds like fodder for my next favorite dystopian novel. But Darpa officials are quick to reassure that PRODIGAL will initially only be tested on government officials and military personnel who’ve agreed to be monitored. And assuming initial tests go well? Well, maybe don’t get too worried. The Pentagon’s got bigger plots to foil than your coordinated efforts to steal your captain’s underwear.

Warning to Gossipy Grunts: Darpa's Eyeing Your E-Mails | Danger Room | Wired.com
 

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#3
Is being mentally unhinged a bar to service? It certainly wasn't in my day. The entertainment value was enormous.
 
#5
If you don’t have anything nice to say, then definitely don’t say it, type it or text it over a military network.The Pentagon’s intent on weeding out “insider threats” — troops or other military personnel who might be disgruntled enough to (Wiki)leak some documents, or mentally unhinged enough to go on a shooting rampage. Now, military-funded scientists are plotting a computer system that’d boast unprecedented abilities to scan and interpret every keystroke, log-in and file upload performed over Pentagon networks.Darpa, the military’s far-out research arm, recently announced a $9 million award to a consortium of five institutions, led by Georgia Tech, to kick off a two-year project called “Proactive Discovery of Insider Threats Using Graph Analysis and Learning,” (PRODIGAL). The initiative is one part of a larger Darpa endeavor, ADAMS, that aims to find malevolent insiders before they cause problems. Already, a team at Columbia University is using ADAMS funding to trick WikiLeaker wannabes with decoy documents.PRODIGAL would take that threat detection up a few notches.

Under the Columbia team’s plan, decoy documents would give military officials a trail of digital breadcrumbs: If the fakes were released online, analysts might be able to backtrack and figure out when and where they were obtained and how they went public.But PRODIGAL, if it works, could lead officials to a WikiLeaker before that person ever breaks the law.
Right now, a human analyst in the military has time to find and investigate a mere five anomalous computer activities a day — unusual file transfers, log-in locations or website visits — out of thousands that occur. PRODIGAL would make sure analysts were looking into the most important ones. The program would use a complex combination of algorithms, including those designed to spot anomalies and statistically calibrate their potential threat, and then spit out a ranked list of the unexplained events most in need of examination.The program will keep tabs on individual users, checking their activity history against current habits to detect unusual behavior. And it’s intended to be incredibly thorough: Researchers plan to create a program that scans e-mails, text messages, log-ins, file transfers and web browsing.

All in, the software will be able to scan an estimated 250 million e-mails, IMs and file transfers a day, along with infinite quantities of basic computer activity.
Sounds like fodder for my next favorite dystopian novel. But Darpa officials are quick to reassure that PRODIGAL will initially only be tested on government officials and military personnel who’ve agreed to be monitored. And assuming initial tests go well? Well, maybe don’t get too worried. The Pentagon’s got bigger plots to foil than your coordinated efforts to steal your captain’s underwear.

Warning to Gossipy Grunts: Darpa's Eyeing Your E-Mails | Danger Room | Wired.com
Perhaps that's why all the systems have disclaimers saying that they are subject to monitoring and you have to agree before you are logged on then?


At this rate we are going to have to use the outrage bus to go and restock the tinfoil on aisle 6.
 
#7
Chill out, Peeps, it's nearly Chrissymas!
 
#8
Here's a sneaky Photo of JARROD, considering a witty retort to AK!
 
#9
And the differance between this and a major corporate network is?
Actually the answer is the military did it last and the corporates have been doing it for years. Nothing to see here.
 
#10
PrinceAlbert..."Where's my fcuking Chaser, you cnut"

 
#11
I think I'll have poached eggs on toast for breakfast, seeing as it's Sunday.
I had 2 boiled eggs with nice toasted granary bread, and some orange juice.
 
#12
Only just had my breakfast as i went for a nice run first thing. I had cheese on toast and freshly ground coffee (a rare treat for me) and a mince pie. I figure I can eat like that after a good run, it kind of sorts itself out if you know what I mean.
 
#13
................................................Forth, Tyne, Dogger, Heligoland, German Bight.............................Moderate to fresh increasing, precipitation possible.................Dover, Wight...........................................................
 
#15
Now where did I leave my woodchipper

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Szŏszke thniks you are a twat AK
 
K

Kirkz

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#16
................................................Forth, Tyne, Dogger, Heligoland, German Bight.............................Moderate to fresh increasing, precipitation possible.................Dover, Wight...........................................................
Oooooh! In that case I may take the yacht out for a spin and see if I can catch some pillocks :)
 
#18
Here's a warning for gossipy grunts:

Our chutney loving antihero, bright eyed like a freshly fucked squirrel taken before detention in a caring 21st century military institution in the land of the free:

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and after

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and bear in mind that he has not been convicted of anything yet!
 
#20
I had sausages, beans and a boiled egg, with wholegrain toast. Mmmmm.
 

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