Former intelligence officials have revealed a surveillance system that has been quietly laid out to stalk millions of Americans across the country. The system is stronger than facial recognition and is out of the site of most Americans.
Emails hacked by the group “Anonymous,” have found evidence of these systems and they serve as warnings to privacy experts everywhere. Data is collected on thousands of street corners across the US and then encrypted to be stored in a central database and aggregated with other forms of information.
The program is called Trapwire and it came out of the Abraxas, a company in Virginia that is staffed with the technologically elite.
Although the federal government wishes to keep these developments secret, a hack of the Strategic Forecasting intelligence agency, or Stratfor, has opened these secrets for others to analyze and understand. Hackers broke into Stratfor on Christmas Eve, 2011. They then collected over five million emails from the company. The emails were then released via Wikleaks as a group of Global Intelligence Files (GIF).
A June press release states that TrapWire is “designed to provide a simple yet powerful means of collecting and recording suspicious activity reports.” It collects a series of data on various suspects for it to be “analyzed and compared with data entered from other areas within a network for the purpose of identifying patterns of behavior that are indicative of pre-attack planning.”
Other details to have emerged about Trapwire include the following:
“Suspicious activity reports from all facilities on the TrapWire network are aggregated in a central database and run through a rules engine that searches for patterns indicative of terrorist surveillance operations and other attack preparations.”
TrapWire has been used in most major American cities at high value targets (HVTs) and across the globe as well. The release of this information comes at the same time that there is a push to reduce the number of data leaks coming out of Washington. The government is also ramping up its prosecution of whisteblowers.
There are concerns from privacy experts that this secret technology might be used against American citizens and dissidents of the federal government.