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Homeland Security, Snooping ALL Internet Traffic

March 4, 2010, by Ken Jorgustin


NSA and Homeland Security develop Cyber Shield to Snoop ALL Internet Traffic

Homeland Security and the NSA are teaming up to deter Internet cyber attacks on government systems, which will involve snooping into all Internet traffic including the contents of your emails.

It was an open secret that the National Security Agency was bolstering a Homeland Security program to detect and respond to cyber attacks on government systems, but a summary of that program declassified Tuesday provides more details of NSA’s role in a Homeland program known as Einstein.

The current version of the program is widely seen as providing meager protection against attack, but a new version being built will be more robust–largely because it’s rooted in NSA technology. The program is designed to look for indicators of cyber attacks by digging into all Internet communications, including the contents of emails, according to the declassified summary.