FBI Los Angeles branch (via FBI)
As if federal agencies like the FBI or Homeland Security didn’t have their noses in our private matters enough, the FBI is announced the formation of yet another “surveillance” organization. This new group called the National Domestic Communications Assistance Center (NDCAC or DCAC) will be one designated towards ensuring the Feds have access to information passed via Internet, wireless communications and VoIP.
Little else about this new center was disclosed, but its purpose was outlined. The DCAC will initially focus on VoIP, like Skype, social networks, and wireless communication mediums. They will be in charge for inventing technology that will let police eavesdrop on Internet and wireless communication easier than ever before.
The FBI hopes for Internet companies to simply comply with their “security” measures and willingly install backdoors for VoIP communications, social networks, instant messaging and email so the government can sneak in when they deem necessary.
The DCAC is looking to hire people with experience in PacketCable, QChat, T1.678 VoIP etc. The FBI would also like to improve upon their Computer and Internet Protocol Address Verifier (CIPAV), which is illegal, remotely installed spyware used by the above-the-law FBI to identify child molesters, hackers, hit men, extortionists, terrorists and all other scary evil people that lurk among us.
This center, based out of Quantico Virginia, will be receiving about 15% of the $54 million budge allocated by congress towards “lawful electronic surveillance."
There are some who are raising concerns about the transparency the FBI seems to be avoiding. Jennifer Lynch of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a civil liberties group, said, “We should know more about the program and what the FBI is doing. Which carriers they’re working with – which carriers they’re having problems with. They’re doing the best they can to avoid being transparent.” A committee of the House of Representatives has directed the FBI to disclose other agencies involves and what the DCAC has accomplished three months after it becomes effective.