[Interesting implications on automated traffic analysis... --Perry]

At 1:37 AM -0600 on 2/1/01, by way of [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:

> We wouldn't go so far as to suggest that your are boring, but this
> week's New Scientist does have evidence that you are somewhat
> predictable. Especially when you use your mobile phone. Researchers at a
> London company have discovered that the numbers we ring, the length of
> our calls and the times of the day we make them are all characteristic
> behaviours that are very specific to us. Now, SearchSpace intends to use
> our "predictability" to develop a fraud-detection system which could
> help foil potential phone thieves. The new system has
> pattern-recognition software built into intelligent agents - called
> sentinels - which assemble behaviour profiles of subscribers on a
> network and demand user identification if they spot anything unusual.
> According to SearchSpace's Jason Kingdon, "It's like having a virtual
> software guardian assigned to each customer."
> http://www.newscientist.com/news/newsletter.jsp?id=ns9999370

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