DARPA will use decoy documents to catch leaks

Greg S

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Acrobat X asks if you want to allow the document to connect to the site when opening the sample documents, its not very hard to fool the demo. Anyone doing document leaking won't be fooled by that. Also, if hackers haven't figured out how to execute code using pdfs, images, and text files by now, Darpa won't either, not to mention the legal consequences even if they did figure it out.
 

Burty117

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So wait, document gets sent to me, I unplug my desktop from the internet, read the contents and move it to a USB stick. Plug internet back in? I can't see how this is effective. Also since there is live running unknown code in the files surely anti-virus programs would pickup on this and block the files as an unknown virus?
 

Cota

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The best part of this article, is that this level of professionalism is the standard on most companies.
 
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What happens when a fake document is confused for the real thing internally?
 
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It is best to never bring Big Brother into the spotlight and you sure as heck better not hold him accountable; because big brother has the right to take away all your rights which includes whistle blowing.
We are in the best possible situation where we don't need, want, nor protect any of our constitutional rights (including civil rights) because big brother knows better and always act in our best interests; and those committing such Heinous acts should be met by eliminating of the said rights. It is heart warming to see such great progress in this regard.
 

Rick

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What happens when a fake document is confused for the real thing internally?
That's a good question and I'm wondering that too. This is actually outlined as one of the goals, but no details are provided.

If users can identify which documents are decoys internally, then that means there is a way to beat the system externally.
 
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Bah this is just a decoy in it's self. The plan is to have this news out and then in case any actual sensitive information gets out they can just say " oh that was a decoy document don't believe what it says" and deny the whole thing. They couldn't do that before even though they wanted to. But now they have that option eh. good move DARPA. Confusion is power for sure.
 
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Is this not the kind of thing that countries with dictators do?

Also, what have they got to hide, I hear more and more Americans use the phrase "If you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to fear" (makes me cringe), I wonder what they have to say about this?
 
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For security reasons nobody should know about internal security rules in the serious organization. Then they need that we know it and want to manipulate ours mind.

"But now they have that option. They can just say " oh that was a decoy document don't believe what it says" and deny"

Absolutely right.
 

MilwaukeeMike

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Guest said:
Is this not the kind of thing that countries with dictators do?

Also, what have they got to hide, I hear more and more Americans use the phrase "If you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to fear" (makes me cringe), I wonder what they have to say about this?
What?! having nothing to hide doesn't mean you're ok with people stealing your stuff. DARPA does a LOT of high tech research and I'm sure they'd like to hold on to their work.
 

MilwaukeeMike

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Guest said:
Is this not the kind of thing that countries with dictators do?

Also, what have they got to hide, I hear more and more Americans use the phrase "If you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to fear" (makes me cringe), I wonder what they have to say about this?
What?! having nothing to hide doesn't mean you're ok with people stealing your stuff. DARPA does a LOT of high tech research and I'm sure they'd like to hold on to their work.