~e; fyi: CarnivorePE "Personal Edition"

From human being <human@electronetwork.org>
Date Wed, 24 Apr 2002 12:48:47 -0500

  [this 'press release' from a pseudo-art.gov-bureaucracy,
  is an example of where 'the arts' are playing these days.
  for _real carnivore information, see: JYA's cryptome.org]

Title: Announcement of CarnivorePE "Personal Edition"
US Department of Art & Technology
PO Box 32265 Washington, DC

Press Secretary
For Immediate Release:  April 24, 2002

Announcement of RSG's Release of
CarnivorePE "Personal Edition" Data Detection Tool

WASHINGTON, DC - The US Department of Art & Technology, in 
conjunction with Radical Software Group (RSG) and the Federal Bureau 
of Investigation (FBI), is announcing today the availability of the 
CarnivorePE "Personal Edition" detection tool to perform packet 
sniffing on a local area network. CarnivorePE was created by RSG, an 
artist-collective that has been producing client applications since 
last year that openly taps networks for aesthetic, social and 
politically-motivated purposes. CarnivorePE is inspired by DCS1000 
(known by its nickname "Carnivore"), software used by the FBI to 
perform electronic wiretaps. The tool is available at: 

CarnivorePE uses personal computers to transmit data streams to one 
or more client systems. Pioneering a new platform for surveillance 
systems, the detection tool allows users to examine networks to 
identify the presence of specific data types and thereby unleash 
their computers to conduct the musicalization of network traffic, 
deconstruct media, trigger words, and investigate streaming bits to 
expose their true content-information.

Last year, RSG made available the first edition of the Carnivore tool 
that surpassed other network sniffing techniques, including Etherpeek 
and SurfWatch. This current release updates the tool to include the 
ability to detect sustainable encounters and designable futures. 
CarnivorePE greatly improves on the original FBI DCS1000 wiretapping 
software, openly monitoring Web communications as well as serving 
data to any recipient for real-time analysis.

RSG also continues to work aggressively with other government 
agencies and industry to provide timely and effective warnings and 
countermeasures to the increasingly damaging threats posed to the 
U.S. cyber infrastructure.

As with earlier RSG exploits, there is currently no way for the 
technology industry to contain this "open source" project. Rather, 
development depends on a community-wide effort to detect data 
streams, thereby increasing the number of computers that can be used 
to reshape the way individual and organizations collaborate and share 
information. For that reason, RSG strongly encourages widespread use 
of its detection tool, as artist-generated, data-revealing client 
applications increasingly become available - a mega-media portal 
through the blending of mediums.

Any anti-CarnivorePE related activity should be reported to the RSG 
Watch and Warning Unit, or computer emergency response support 
organizations, as appropriate. RSG can be reached at (+1 917 514 
5815), or by e-mail at rsg@rhizome.org


Carnivore is created by RSG, an all-star collective of computer 
artists hand selected from cities around the world. Carnivore is 
their first public release.

The US Department of Art and Technology is the principal conduit for 
facilitating the artist's need to extend aesthetic inquiry into the 
broader culture where ideas become real action. It also serves the 
psychological and spiritual well-being of all Americans by supporting 
cultural efforts that provide immunity from the extension of new 
media technologies into the social sphere.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) prides itself on obedience 
to the Constitution of the United States; surveils the identity of 
those they protect; and upholds values that must be vigorously 


RSG CarnivorePE: http://www.rhizome.org/carnivore
US Department of Art & Technology: http://www.usdept-arttech.net
Federal Bureau of Investigation: http://www.fbi.gov/

Contact: Press Secretary of the US Department of Art & Technology

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