Thursday, December 29, 2011

Watch what you Tweet: Certain words could get you on a DHS watchlist

The Department of Homeland Security makes fake Twitter and Facebook profiles to scan the social media sites for terms like "drill" and "strain" and then tracks the people behind the profile.


The Department of Homeland Security makes fake Twitter and Facebook profiles for the specific purpose of scanning the networks for 'sensitive' words - and tracking people who use them. 


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'.



Read more: http://www.knst.com/cc-common/news/sections/newsarticle.html#ixzz1hyLEsIGS

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