‘Google for spies’ draws ire from rights groups

Sydney Morning Herald | Feb 11, 2013

By Ryan Gallagher

A multinational security firm has secretly developed software capable of tracking people’s movements and predicting future behaviour by mining data from social networking websites.

A video obtained by the Guardian reveals how an “extreme-scale analytics” system created by Raytheon, the world’s fifth largest defence contractor, can gather vast amounts of information about people from websites including Facebook, Twitter and Foursquare.

Raytheon says it has not sold the software – named Riot, or Rapid Information Overlay Technology – to any clients. But the Massachusetts-based company has acknowledged the technology was shared with US government and industry as part of a joint research and development effort, in 2010, to help build a national security system capable of analysing “trillions of entities” from cyberspace.



1 Comment on "‘Google for spies’ draws ire from rights groups"

  1. here they come again -not knowing ones ;looking to discover but forget the things made from ground – the dirt , the earth and all around -one angel just has to speak and all the logarithms and little crystals in the computers get tweaked and what they thought is fabricate -they’ll end up spying on themselves all trying to be king of the mountain

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