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Cybersearch Tool Locates Internet Trail

December, 2005

As part of an effort to anticipate — and thwart — the plans of potential terrorists, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is supporting the development of a new search engine by University at Buffalo (UB) researchers that is specifically designed to detect “hidden” information that can often be gleaned from public Web sites.

Once the technique is developed and validated, it has the potential to make the Web searches that the public performs daily far more effective in locating meaningful information on the Internet.

The UB team recently completed an initial prototype system, designed explicitly to enable searches for “hidden” information within the 9/11 Commission Report.

The system permits users to find the best trail of