'Fog Computing' would snare those who leak classified docs
- By Defense Systems Staff
- Jul 05, 2012
Computer scientists at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency have developed a new plan for identifying those who are leaking classified information that focuses on spotting them while they search the Web and then providing them with decoy documents that they release without authorization, reports Wired's Danger Room blog.
DARPA describes its "Fog Computing" plan, which a recent paper commissioned for the research agency describes as in a recent paper as “a prototype for automatically generating and distributing believable misinformation … and then tracking access and attempted misuse of it. We call this "‘disinformation technology.'"
The Fog Computing project is part of a wider initiative launched in 2010 in the wake of the WikiLeaks debacle that seeks to head off so-called insider threats before they occur, the story said. Possible problems with the approach, according to the story, are that some of the researchers’ techniques are difficult to distinguish from spammers’ tricks, and that the effort could actually undermine trust among those charged with guarding the nation's secrets.