FBI retires its Carnivore

Monday, 17 January 2005, 10:24 AM EST

FBI surveillance experts have put their once-controversial Carnivore Internet surveillance tool out to pasture, preferring instead to use commercial products to eavesdrop on network traffic.

Two reports to Congress obtained by the Washington-based Electronic Privacy Information Center reveal that the FBI didn't use Carnivore, or its rebranded version "DCS-1000," at all during the 2002 and 2003 fiscal years. Instead, the bureau turned to unnamed commercially-available products to conduct Internet surveillance thirteen times in criminal investigations in that period.

By Kevin Poulsen at SecurityFocus.

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