1994-07-12 - Re: Supposed NSA turncoat reveals monitoring of anon remailers? >pshah!<

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From: Christian Odhner <cdodhner@PrimeNet.Com>
To: Ian Farquhar <ifarqhar@laurel.ocs.mq.edu.au>
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UTC Datetime: 1994-07-12 09:31:55 UTC
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From: Christian Odhner <cdodhner@PrimeNet.Com>
Date: Tue, 12 Jul 94 02:31:55 PDT
To: Ian Farquhar <ifarqhar@laurel.ocs.mq.edu.au>
Subject: Re: Supposed NSA turncoat reveals monitoring of anon remailers? >pshah!<
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On Tue, 12 Jul 1994, Ian Farquhar wrote:

> On the subject of network monitoring, Bruce posted a copy of an NSA
> technology transfer which described a database searching algorithm
> that looked fairly sophisticated (I don't have the actual posting
> handy.)  Did anyone (Bruce?) obtain a copy of the algorithm, and if
> so, were there any distribution limitations on it?  It looked like
> just the thing that the NSA would use as their "watchword" scanner,
> and even if not, it looked like a very useful design all the same.

The NSA algorithm involved didn't use keywords. It was way more powerfull 
than that, able to sort text samples into arbitrary catagories based on 
examples of text that you give it. It doesn't use any keywords or grammer 
recognition, it doesn't even matter what language you feed it.

They refused to give me a copy, they are trying to make a buck by 
licensing it commercialy. I tried to ask about what it costs to get a 
license, and they asked what company I was representing, and I told them 
I was representing myself, and they stonewalled me. Looks like they don't 
think I have the money they want. (they're probably right about that btw...)

Happy Hunting, -Chris.

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