The government is planning to release a new bot that will target its political enemies and collect data on them.
The Cyber Security Protection Office of the United States (CSPO) said in a blog post that it is developing a bot called HATACABLOW that will attempt to “target and collect information about targeted and potential adversaries,” including the US and the UK.
It is being developed by researchers at the University of Southern California (USC) and University of Maryland (UMass), and will be available for download at the end of the year.
The bot will have two different features: It can “searches and monitor websites” and will “monitor, target and collect user data, including IP address, date of birth, and user name, in real time.”
“The HATABLOWER bot will scan websites and collect IP address information in real-time to analyze and identify targets,” the CSPO said.
It will also track what kinds of information is being used on the websites.
“The HATTACABLED bot will monitor for specific types of information, such as social network accounts, social media activity, and browsing history.
The bot will also collect data related to the target, such, IP address and date of purchase, as well as the content of the targeted webpage.””
By the end, the bot will be able to identify and track individuals who may have participated in botnet activity and, in turn, will provide the target with additional information to help identify their intended targets,” it said.
In the past, HATACCABLED has been deployed to attack groups such as Russia-backed separatists in Ukraine and pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine, but the bot is not as sophisticated as it once was.
The researchers said the new bot is more powerful than the previous version, which used only a small number of connections to collect the information it was collecting.CSPOs website notes that it has seen “a number of botnets” in the past that used “a variety of tactics to target, collect, and distribute personal information”.
“It’s critical that we ensure the HATACHABLED Bot is used as a last resort, when other, more robust, and effective tools are unavailable, and when it is possible to stop a bot from operating, by using a more robust set of controls and protections,” the site says.HATACBOW has also been deployed on the Democratic National Committee’s (DNC) server and the House of Representatives website, the CspO said, while the bot was also deployed on a US government network that monitors the US military’s network.
The site says the new HATACABLOW will be used “to target and target and gather information about individuals and groups that pose a threat to US interests or the nation.”
“In addition, HATTACABLow will be deployed to monitor and collect a variety of types of data, such data on the target as well, such information about their behavior, as to assess their vulnerability, including vulnerabilities in their infrastructure, including the ability to evade detection, and to assist in targeting specific individuals and targets,” CSPOs blog said.”HATTACABOW will use information about the target to determine what steps to take to mitigate or prevent further attack against the target.””HATACABOLD is also a tool that can help determine who to target.
Targeting individuals who are suspected of engaging in criminal activity or terrorism may be difficult, if not impossible, and HATAYCOLD can help prevent individuals from engaging in terrorist activities and activities that pose an immediate threat to the United State,” it added.HATTACBOLD and HATTAYCLD will only be used to collect and analyze IP addresses of people, organizations and government agencies.
HATPACBOW and HATHACBLOW “will only be deployed when the targeting is more specific and targeted, and for individuals whose IP address is known to have been compromised, or for specific individuals or groups, such that the IP address does not match any known IP addresses or other known patterns of activity,” the website said.