James Nixon writes:
Anonymous, the WikiLeaks-loving online hacktivist collective, claims the US military is developing a piece of software that can infiltrate Facebook and other social networks using an army of fake profiles, cross-referencing information to “track and identify” individuals.
Evidence of the software – code-named ‘Metal Gear’ by the group – was uncovered in leaked emails belonging to US security contractor HBGary, after the company was attacked by Anonymous for providing assistance to the FBI in unmasking its members.
In a press release issued late on Wednesday, Anonymous revealed a US patent application by IBM’s research labs for software designed to recognise individuals by analysing their linguistic traits and online behaviour.
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