CIA spies hunt online for 'fair game' data
AMERICAN spies are investing in technology designed to monitor internet blogs, Twitter and YouTube videos.
They say social media websites offer a powerful opportunity for "open source" intelligence -- publicly available data that can be mined for information.
In an attempt to sift through the information, the investment arm of the CIA, In-Q-Tel, has invested in a company that monitors social media.
Terrorist networks are increasingly using the internet as it allows people to communicate anonymously and across borders.
"Anything that is out in the open is fair game for collection," said Steven Aftergood, of the Federation of American Scientists.
He added, however, that it would be "problematic" if information was used for unauthorised domestic investigations. (© Daily Telegraph, London)