Here’s How the Post Office’s Internet Cops Describe Themselves
The Postal Inspection Service says its Analytics Team’s mission “is to identify and develop intelligence on targets operating on the clear and dark webs.”
The U.S. Postal Service has a law enforcement branch, called the U.S. Postal Inspection Service. The USPIS runs its own social media and online investigation unit called iCOP, or the Internet Covert Operations Program. Now, an internal presentation provides more insight into how exactly the USPIS perceives its role of combating crime and what sort of data the organization leverages.
“Analytics Team specializes in providing actionable intelligence through cryptocurrency tracking, open source intelligence and social media analysis, geospatial mapping, and data visualization, and USPS backend and network data exploitation,” the presentation reads. Motherboard obtained the presentation through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request with the USPIS asking for documents specifically related to iCOP.