28 Nov '13, 9pm

ScareMail Tries to Disrupt NSA Email Surveillance

ScareMail Tries to Disrupt NSA Email Surveillance

Are you on the NSA’s email watchlist? Do you want to be? This project is called ScareMail and it’s designed to mess with the NSA’s email surveillance programs. [Benjamin Grosser] has written it as a plugin for many popular web browsers , and it uses an algorithm to generate a clever but ultimately useless narrative in the signature of your email using as many probable NSA search terms as possible. The idea behind this is if enough people use it, it will overload the NSA’s search results, ultimately making their email keyword tracking useless. So how does it work? The algorithm starts with natural language processing (NLP) and an original source of text — he picked Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451. Using the processor it identifies all nouns and verbs in the original text and replaces them with properly formatted and conjugated “scary” words that he’s indexed from a list of hy...

Full article: http://hackaday.com/2013/11/28/scaremail-tries-to-disrupt...

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