CIA Using Google Search Technology For Spy Work

The UK’s Times Online is reporting that the CIA is using servers equipped with Google search engine technology to share information gathered on suspects.

US government agencies like the National Security Agency have purchased servers loaded with Google search technology to process information gathered by their network of spies around the world.

Google also provides the search engine technologoy for a Wikipedia-style site, called Intellipedia, where agents can post intelligence information about their targets that can be accessed and modified by other intelligence professionals.

Intellipedia allows agents to post intelligence information to a secured wiki forum that other spies can read, edit, and tag like other Web 2.0 collaboration sites.

Thus far 37,000 intelligence professionals have created accounts on Intellipedia, and the database now contains 35,000 articles.

Intellipedia is hosted by the director of national intelligence, Mike McConnell, and is available only to the CIA, the FBI, the National Security Agency, and other intelligence departments.

Source: Times Online