The Defense Department’s research arm will fund development of a computer program for predicting cyber terrorism-related events on social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter, Nextgov reports.
Citing solicitation documents, Dawn Lim reports the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency wants to detect how criminal groups and hackers recruit, collaborate and shift their allegiances online.
DARPA wants the software to find conflicts and weak links in online criminal groups so the Pentagon can prevent espionage and use strategic military operations tactics.
Ultimately, the agency says it wants to be able to monitor 1,000 online groups with more than a million members total that post more than 100,000 items, Lim reports.
DARPA will accept proposals between Aug. 27 and Sept. 26, according to the report.