Homeland Security Tracking Preppers?
Survivalist and Prepper websites have been reporting that the Department of Homeland Security has been paying them a visit – for example Off Grid Survival:
So of course I went and checked some of my sites, here are the totals since Jan 1, 2011:
2012 Connect 16
2012 Base 21
Survive 2012 237
That makes sense because the last site contains this blog, so there’s lots more new content to look at. I’m both proud and scared that they find my writing interesting. So I checked DOD and the Navy as well:
Click on the images for a closer look, but there were also 427 visits from the Department of Defence, and 716 from the Navy Network Information Center. Interestingly, the average page views and time spent on the site were extremely similar to DHS. And the spikes in visits correlated with spikes in general – they visited more on days the site was visited more.
It doesn’t feel natural – it feels automated. So I check another of my sites that is unlikely to interest the government, searchenginez.com:
91 visits. The site certainly doesn’t mention any of the major trigger keywords.
My initial prognosis is that:
- These visits are automated, and the same system is used by all branches of U.S. intelligence agencies
- Sites are visited based on popularity, trigger keywords or most likely both
- They have no problem with being identified – letting sites know they are being watched is probably a secondary objective
- While some scraped data might be looked at by humans, it’s most likely just stored
Basically, I’M NOT CONCERNED!!
PS. More information over at Prison Planet