Project Vigilant: One Nearly Homeless Guy Talking Big?
from the vigilant-indeed dept
Now, Declan McCullough, who has apparently known the guy supposedly "running" the operation, Chet Uber, for years, has an article suggesting that, while it might not be a hoax, it sure sounds like one guy making very little sound like it's a lot. And, not just one guy, but a nearly homeless guy, who couldn't afford a razor until his disability check came in the mail, the day that McCullough spoke to him.
Basically, it sounds like Uber talks big, but there's little, if anything, to back any of it up -- and, at times, doesn't much sense at all:
Uber has a habit of making pronouncements that manage to be both grand and incomprehensible. Two months ago, he sent me an e-mail about Project Vigilant that said, in part: "We do not look at attribution ever as a 100 percent solution. We do see offering a high level of confidence determined by showing correlation that are consistent with perceived events in this time-space model--causality is a bitch--and then based on how that correlation was done and our view of the reliability of the sources and methods used we have a confidence interval."As for the claims of various well-known folks involved with the project? Well, that seems to again be blown out of proportion. One of the "big names" involved is Mark Rasch, who apparently gave Uber free legal advice at some point. When asked about the project, Rasch told McCullough: "I don't know if he's done this or it's something he's looking to do."
In conversations over the last week, Uber dropped phrases like "we have dozens and dozens of things that are ready to go to patent pending," "we're running hundreds and hundreds of different experiments," "we've developed steganography and compression algorithms and the use of noise," and "we have the capability to monitor up to 250 million IP addresses per day."
Of course, now we can get the conspiracy theories going about how this story is also a hoax to lessen the concerns about this group's supposed monitoring of the internet (yes, please?). But, seriously, this sounds like one guy talking really big without much to back it up. Not quite a hoax, but not quite anything serious either.