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Throwing a Wrench & White Noise in Gov't Surveillance?

The devil is in the details when it comes to the government spying on social media. Although the list of 'hot' NOC keywords doesn't seem to have changed from last year, to celebrate Sunshine Week transparency, here's the list of search terms DHS monitors in social media. If everyone were to start using the keywords, would it throw a wrench and enough white noise to mess with the government's social networking surveillance?

To celebrate Sunshine Week and government transparency, would you be interested in creating some "white noise" in Homeland Security monitored social media? Theory has it that if enough people use these hot NOC keywords that it might cause a few problems for the unblinking eye of Homeland Security surveillance. It remains to be seen if enough "chatter" would cause the people behind the spying eyes migraines . . . not that We the People would buck the system when the government is snooping to find voices of dissent. But as a comment on Schneier on Security stated, "the signal to noise ratio must be epic." All the three letter agencies are getting into the game to monitor and data-mine social networking sites like YouTube, Flickr, Twitter and Facebook to name but a few, so that you never know what might come back to bite you.

When DHS testified on social networking and media monitoring, it listed "categories of individuals may be collected when it lends credibility to the report or facilitates coordination with federal, state, local, tribal, territorial, and foreign governments, or international law enforcement partners." One such category included "Names of anchors, newscasters, or on-scene reporters who are known or identified as reporters in their posts or articles, or who use traditional and/or social media in real time to provide their audience situational awareness and information." Although DHS called it a "narrow category of individuals" from whom "DHS may only collect the full name, affiliation, position or title, and publicly-available user ID," we live in a networked world where countless millions of people use social media and/or blog. You can see the video or read the transcript on Public Intelligence.

In its Sunshine Week FOIA gallery, EPIC, which has sued DHS over the monitoring of social media, stated that right after DHS testimony before Congress, "EPIC obtained new documents that contradicted the agency officials' testimony. Though DHS testified that it does not monitor for public reaction to government proposals, the documents obtained by EPIC indicate that the DHS analysts are specifically instructed to look for criticism of the agency and then to redirect reports that would otherwise be circulated to other agencies. The documents also indicate that, contrary to agency testimony, DHS continues to monitor public reaction to government policy proposals."

When comparing the current list of keywords and search terms used by NOC for monitoring social media to the last list, there doesn't seem to be any changes and noting some keywords under cybersecurity like "Cain and Abel" and the lack of Anonymous or AntiSec makes it suspicious if this is the current list being watched by the National Operations Center (NOC) in cooperation with the DHS (or its contractor General Dynamics). According to the Department of Homeland Security National Operations Center Media Monitoring Capability Desktop Reference Binder 2011 [PDF page 20], the unblinking eye of Homeland Security will be scouring social media for the following list of "hot" keywords and search terms:

DHS & Other Agencies

Department of Homeland Security (DHS)

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

Coast Guard (USCG)

Customs and Border Protection (CBP)

Border Patrol

Secret Service (USSS)

National Operations Center (NOC)

Homeland Defense

 

Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE)

Agent

Task Force

Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)

Fusion Center

Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA)

Secure Border Initiative (SBI)

Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)

Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms (ATF)

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (CIS)

Federal Air Marshal Service (FAMS)

Transportation Security Administration (TSA)

Air Marshal

Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)

National Guard

Red Cross

United Nations (UN)

Cyber Security

Cyber security

Botnet

DDOS (dedicated denial of

service)

Denial of service

Malware

Virus

Trojan

Keylogger

Cyber Command

2600

Spammer

Phishing

Rootkit

Phreaking

Cain and abel

Brute forcing

Mysql injection

Cyber attack

Cyber terror

Hacker

China

Conficker

Worm

Scammers

Social media

Domestic Security

Assassination

Attack

Domestic security

Drill

Exercise

Cops

Law enforcement

Authorities

Disaster assistance

Disaster management

DNDO (Domestic Nuclear

Detection Office)

National preparedness

Mitigation

Prevention

Response

Recovery

Dirty bomb

Domestic nuclear detection

Emergency management

Emergency response

First responder

Homeland security

Maritime domain awareness

(MDA)

National preparedness

initiative

Militia

Shooting

Shots fired

Evacuation

Deaths

Hostage

Explosion (explosive)

Police

Disaster medical assistance

team (DMAT)

Organized crime

Gangs

National security

State of emergency

Security

Breach

Threat

Standoff

SWAT

Screening

Lockdown

Bomb (squad or threat)

Crash

Looting

Riot

Emergency Landing

Pipe bomb

Incident

Facility

Infrastructure Security

Infrastructure security

Airport

CIKR (Critical Infrastructure

& Key Resources)

AMTRAK

Collapse

Computer infrastructure

Communications

infrastructure

Telecommunications

Critical infrastructure

National infrastructure

Metro

WMATA

Airplane (and derivatives)

Chemical fire

Subway

BART

MARTA

Port Authority

NBIC (National

Biosurveillance Integration

Center)

Transportation security

Grid

Power

Smart

Body scanner

Electric

Failure or outage

Black out

Brown out

Port

Dock

Bridge

Cancelled

Delays

Service disruption

Power lines

Southwest Border Violence

Drug cartel

Violence

Gang

Drug

Narcotics

Cocaine

Marijuana

Heroin

Border

Mexico

Cartel

Southwest

Juarez

Sinaloa

Tijuana

Torreon

Yuma

Tucson

Decapitated

U.S. Consulate

Consular

El Paso

Fort Hancock

San Diego

Ciudad Juarez

Nogales

Sonora

Colombia

Mara salvatrucha

MS13 or MS-13

Drug war

Mexican army

Methamphetamine

Cartel de Golfo

Gulf Cartel

La Familia

Reynosa

Nuevo Leon

Narcos

Narco banners (Spanish

equivalents)

Los Zetas

Shootout

Execution

Gunfight

Trafficking

Kidnap

Calderon

Reyosa

Bust

Tamaulipas

Meth Lab

Drug trade

Illegal immigrants

Smuggling (smugglers)

Matamoros

Michoacana

Guzman

Arellano-Felix

Beltran-Leyva

Barrio Azteca

Artistic Assassins

Mexicles

New Federation

Weather/Disaster/Emergency

Emergency

Hurricane

Tornado

Twister

Tsunami

Earthquake

Tremor

Flood

Storm

Crest

Temblor

Extreme weather

Forest fire

Brush fire

Ice

Stranded/Stuck

Help

Hail

Wildfire

Tsunami Warning Center

Magnitude

Avalanche

Typhoon

Shelter-in-place

Disaster

Snow

Blizzard

Sleet

Mud slide or Mudslide

Erosion

Power outage

Brown out

Warning

Watch

Lightening

Aid

Relief

Closure

Interstate

Burst

Emergency Broadcast System

Terrorism

Terrorism

Al Qaeda (all spellings)

Terror

Attack

Iraq

Afghanistan

Iran

Pakistan

Agro

Environmental terrorist

Eco terrorism

Conventional weapon

Target

Weapons grade

Dirty bomb

Enriched

Nuclear

Chemical weapon

Biological weapon

Ammonium nitrate

Improvised explosive device

IED (Improvised Explosive

Device)

Abu Sayyaf

Hamas

FARC (Armed Revolutionary

Forces Colombia)

IRA (Irish Republican Army)

ETA (Euskadi ta Askatasuna)

Basque Separatists

Hezbollah

Tamil Tigers

PLF (Palestine Liberation

Front)

PLO (Palestine Liberation

Organization

Car bomb

Jihad

Taliban

Weapons cache

Suicide bomber

Suicide attack

Suspicious substance

AQAP (AL Qaeda Arabian

Peninsula)

AQIM (Al Qaeda in the

Islamic Maghreb)

TTP (Tehrik-i-Taliban

Pakistan)

Yemen

Pirates

Extremism

Somalia

Nigeria

Radicals

Al-Shabaab

Home grown

Plot

Nationalist

Recruitment

Fundamentalism

Islamist

HAZMAT & Nuclear

Hazmat

Nuclear

Chemical spill

Suspicious package/device

Toxic

National laboratory

Nuclear facility

Nuclear threat

Cloud

Plume

Radiation

Radioactive

Leak

Biological infection (or

event)

Chemical

Chemical burn

Biological

Epidemic

Hazardous

Hazardous material incident

Industrial spill

Infection

Powder (white)

Gas

Spillover

Anthrax

Blister agent

Chemical agent

Exposure

Burn

Nerve agent

Ricin

Sarin

North Korea

Health Concern + H1N1

Outbreak

Contamination

Exposure

Virus

Evacuation

Bacteria

Recall

Ebola

Food Poisoning

Foot and Mouth (FMD)

H5N1

Avian

Flu

Strain

Quarantine

H1N1

Vaccine

Salmonella

Small Pox

Plague

Human to human

Human to Animal

Influenza

Center for Disease Control

(CDC)

Drug Administration (FDA)

Public Health

Toxic

Agro Terror

Tuberculosis (TB)

Tamiflu

Norvo Virus

Epidemic

Agriculture

Listeria

Symptoms

Mutation

Resistant

Antiviral

Wave

Pandemic

Infection

Water/air borne

Sick

Swine

Pork

World Health Organization

(WHO) (and components)

Viral Hemorrhagic Fever

E. Coli

To celebrate Sunshine Week, and because readers have requested it, I posted this government surveillance list in a copy and paste format as opposed to words in image tables. There are some people, voices of dissent precisely like DHS is monitoring social media for, who have suggested people use as many keywords as possible on Twitter and other social networking sites to "help increase the white noise for the DHS. Start tweeting with these keywords." It was also suggested, "Let's make random poetry from these words & screw their #surveillance." But personally, I'm not suggesting anyone do that . . . since, according to the government, you no right to anonymous speech on Twitter. Would it work? Who knows, the devil is always in the details when it comes to government surveillance.

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