On July 8, 2010, The Wall Street Journal published a story which revealed the National Security Agency's plan to launch a program to detect cyber assaults on government agencies and private companies. The program, dubbed "Perfect Citizen," would employ sensors in computer networks that would be activated by unusual activity. Allegedly, the program would not monitor computers persistently.
Raytheon Corp., a defense contractor, won the classified contract valued for up to $100 million dollars, according to sources familiar with the project. When asked for further information, NSA and Raytheon spokespeople declined to comment. The WSJ obtained access to internal Raytheon emails; one which stated "Perfect Citizen is Big Brother." Raytheon refused to comment.The government has increasingly gained interest in enforcing its technological infrastructure because of suspected Russian and Chinese surveillance efforts. Recently, a US Cyber Command office, headed by Lieutenant Keith Alexander, was established under US Strategic Command to conduct cyber space operations. "Perfect Citizen" would be an additional attempt to strengthen US cyber security. Because the program is still in its beginning stages, many of the details have not been worked out. Generally, "Perfect Citizen" would be renovate outdated computer systems that were put in place before Internet connectivity.
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Communications Law and Policy
Jerry Kang and Alan Butler