By William Berstrom | Politico | May 30, 2012
A 2011 Department of Homeland Security reference binder for monitoring social media, released following a public-records request by the Electronic Privacy Information Center, includes a variety of terms that analysts should search for on the web. These terms — from strange to serious, vague to specific — can “provide situational awareness and establish a common operating picture,” according to the manual [pdf]. Here are the 10 weirdest terms:
1. Cloud: as in, a nuclear or “mushroom” cloud — assuming cloud computing and actual clouds aren’t threats, too.
2. Drill: a common term in military training, but even more common in carpentry.
3. Tamiflu: a drug that treats some forms of influenza. Not be confused with Theraflu.
4. Lightening: when combined with “hole,” it’s a civil engineering term. But the word was listed under “Weather/Disaster/Emergency,” so DHS probably meant “lightning.”
5. Mexicles: a nickname for the Partido Revolucionario Mexciano, a prison gang.
6. Exercise: comes highly recommended by doctors.
7. Plume: a column or band of smoke or gases. But also: a large or conspicuous feather.
8. Trojan: a malicious file or program that appears to be a legitimate file or program. Something elsemight come to mind.
9. Cain and Abel: a password recovery tool for MS Windows. Named, of course, after the Biblical brothers responsible for untold thousands of literary and cinematic motifs.
10: Pork: Yes, pork.