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School of Law, University of New England
December, 18 2011
Computer Law & Security Report, Vol. 20, No. 2, 2004
Carnivore is a surveillance technology, a software program
housed in a computer unit, which is installed by properly authorized FBI agents
on a particular Internet Service Provider’s (ISP) network. The Carnivore
software system is used together with a tap on the ISP’s network to
“intercept, filter, seize and decipher digital communications on the Internet”.
The system is described as a “specialized network analyzer” that works by
“sniffing” a network and copying and storing a warranted subset of its traffic.
In the FBI’s own words “Carnivore chews on all data on the network, but it only
actually eats the information authorized by a court order”. This article, in
two parts, provides an overview of the FBI’s Carnivore electronic surveillance
Nabbali, Talitha and Perry, Mark, Going for the Throat:
Carnivore in an Echelon World - Part II (December, 18 2011). Computer Law &
Security Report, Vol. 20, No. 2, 2004. Available at SSRN: