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Major Defense Company Develops Software For Gov’t To Track ‘Trillions Of Entities’

| February 13, 2013

Rapid Information Overlay Technology

A top government defense contractor revealed it created software that can sift through social media sites to collect information from “trillions of entities” in order to reasonably predict a person’s next move.

The spokesperson for the Massachusetts-based company Raytheon, Jared Adams, told The Guardian in an email that it developed RIOT (Rapid Information Overlay Technology), which is “a big data analytics system design we are working on with industry, national labs and commercial partners to help turn massive amounts of data into usable information to help meet our nation’s rapidly changing security needs.”

The Guardian obtained a video showing Raytheon’s Brian Urch explaining the RIOT software and how it uses photographs that are embedded with location data (generally they’re taken by smartphones) to conduct analysis about where the person was and where they might be going next.

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This image shows where a Raytheon employee had checked in with his smartphone. (Image: The Guardian video screenshot)

Urch explains in the video that the software uses Facebook, Twitter and Foursquare. He tracks one of Raytheon’s own employees as an example. He shows all the places the employee — Nick — checked in with his smartphone. Then Urch goes to look for photos.

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Now they can see what Nick looks like. (Image: The Guardian video screenshot)

“One of the things we’ve noticed is that when people take pictures and post them on the Internet using their smartphones that the phone will actually embed the latitude and longitude using the exif header data,” Urch said. “Now we know where Nick’s going, what he looks like, now we want to predict where he may be in the future.”

By using a “very basic analytic” called “get top places,” Urch shows a pie chart that breaks down the top 10 places where Nick checks in. He is able to analyze check ins at a specific place by month and day. For example, Nick checks in the most at the gym. June was found to hold his highest gym attendance, and he seems to go more frequently on Mondays and Wednesdays. And the “most interesting” bit of info is that Urch is able to show the time when Nick most likely would be there — 6 a.m.

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A look into the specifics of Nick’s daily schedule based on check-in trends. (Image: The Guardian video screenshot)

“If you ever did want to try to get a hold of Nick or maybe get a hold of his laptop, you might want to visit the gym at 6 a.m. on Monday,” Urch said. The software also shows the people with whom Nick has some sort of connection, whether they be tagged in checkins or shout outs on Twitter.

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A web of Nick’s connections with other people. Some phone numbers were included too. (Image: The Guardian video screenshot)

The Guardian reports that this software has not been sold, but it was shared with the U.S. government as it was part of a join research effort that took place in 2010 to develop a system that could analyze “trillions of entities” on the Web.

The Guardian dubs the software  a “Google for spies” given that it has a similar look and search function. The company filed for a patent for RIOT in December and is expected to feature the program at an industry conference in April, according to The Guardian.

If you haven’t come up with your own concerns over the use of such technology, here is what The Guardian reported the Electronic Privacy Information Center’s attorney Ginger McCall saying:

“Social networking sites are often not transparent about what information is shared and how it is shared,” McCall said. “Users may be posting information that they believe will be viewed only by their friends, but instead, it is being viewed by government officials or pulled in by data collection services like the Riot search.”

While some have called it “stalking software,” ZDNet’s Steven Vaughan-Nichols pointed out it’s “business as usual”:

Here’s the simple truth: If you put your personal details on the Internet, especially on the social networks, it doesn’t require any fancy defense contractor software to track your every move. The social networks themselves can do it. Advertisers can do it. Anyone with a lick of computer sense can do it.

If you want to keep your private life private, you have to keep it off the Internet. It’s really that easy.

This also isn’t the first time that the government has had an interest in monitoring social media for national security measures. For several years the government has been monitoring Twitter and even has a media monitoring component that can tracks journalists who post publicly on traditional and social media. source – The Blaze

 

About the Author:

NTEB is run by end times author and editor-in-chief Geoffrey Grider. Geoffrey runs a successful web design company, and is a full-time minister of the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. In addition to running NOW THE END BEGINS, he hosts a twice-weekly bible study and prophecy radio show on BlogTalk Radio, and oversees a dynamic street preaching outreach and tract ministry team in Saint Augustine, FL.
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  1. Mario says:

    Keep posting your life in the internet and you will have only yourself to blame when the government takes away everything from you.

  2. MARIO, THEY (GOV’T) HAS FULL CONTROL OF US, WE JUST WILL NOT ACCEPT IT! SOME BELIEVE HE’LL TURN EVERYTHING AROUND AND LIFE WILL GET BETTER.

    AS MY OLDER BROTHER STATES: NEXT YEAR WILL GET BETTER, BUT EACH YEAR NEVER DOES?

    ITS A PROBLEM TO THE ONES WHO BELIEVES THEY NEED TO PROVE THEIR BELIEF IN GOD IN THE TRIBULATION.

    AS FOR MY BELIEF I’M SAVED BY JESUS BLOOD ROMANS 5:9 AND SOON AT ANY MOMENT I WILL BE CAUGHT UP INTO THE CLOUDS IN THE AIR TO MEET MY SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST.

  3. Bahar1 says:

    This is only one reason why I never signed up for Facebook. I have nothing to hide but it still gives me the creeps that any entity good or evil would have access to your personal info for any use that suits their purposes. Bro Geoff I hope you are hearing this. I would LOVE to join your prayer group, always have, but not at this compromise. I hear there is a Tea Party form of Facebook that is supposed to be more private but I doubt anything on the net is 100% private, including this.

  4. Oneofhisown says:

    One more piece of the puzzle in place. I am not concerned about Facebook, cell phone, etc. as they have plenty of other ways to find out about me. Barring the Lord’s return for me, I am a marked person already. I am confident, though, in Him and his promises. This, though, shows how the technology is already there for the mark. It could happen any day. We live in amazing times. I will continue to pray for those who don’t share my confidence.

  5. Steve C says:

    For all Believers:

    Just another “sign” given from God for His children to see what is going on in this (Satans World) of which we are seeing.

    Time to get ALL of YOUR loved ones led to Christ, the clock is ticking close to Jesus returning for the Church!!

    • Tracy says:

      You are so right. Pray, pray and pray for the lost.
      The puzzle is coming together just exactly like the Bible says it will.
      God Bless All

  6. Debra says:

    Amen! Awesome times! Time to seek the Lord is now! Wow! Amazing technology that just keeps evolving to the Mark of the beast! Shalom!

  7. Maxx says:

    Ladies and gentlemen;
    Please prepare for departure…

  8. Enter my name and “bad background check” on google or bing and read my horror story!
    ChoicePoint, Inc. is a multi-national corporation that has compiled dossiers of millions of people. And as in my case, not all are correct!
    kennethschu@hotmail.com
    I tried to get my local paper, The Victoria Advocate to do a story on it and the reporter said I got what I deserved.

  9. TJ2000 says:

    So this begs the question”if they can track a trilion entities how come the can’t track just 20 milion illeagle aliens”?
    Just asking,

  10. Chris says:

    Who needs a “mark” anymore? All you have to do is accept their system. Your fingerprints (in your hand) or a retinal scan (your eyes are in your forehead) is all the info they need. Nobody is gonna get chipped, but we will all be required to submit to the system if we want to buy, sell or trade. If you don’t have a plan, get one. There are at least three theories on the “Tribulation” – Pre, Mid and Post rapture. Only a fool would think that they would really know which one will happen (Matt. 24:36 is pretty clear) I’d love to believe we are gone before the poop hits the fan but best case is hardly ever the reality in this broken world. Who knows, your preparedness might even be a witness to someone who didn’t believe. In any case, I’ll take whatever lot God leads me to and, I would consider it an honor to be able to bring more people into His kingdom during that time. The HS may be pulled from the earth but God’s love will still remain in the hearts of believers, regardless. Gods promises are without repentance.

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