Use these words and get on the Department of Homeland Security “watch list”

// June 1st, 2013 // Hacking and Security


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Via a Freedom of Information request, the Department of Homeland Security has released a list of keywords and phrases it uses to monitor social networking sites and online media for signs of terrorist or other threats against the U.S.  According to the released documents, these words are used to search for comments that “reflect adversely” on the government.  Many words on the list would be expected but some have us scratching our heads.  Let’s just hope our leaders have an improved updated list and a use linguistics logic that doesn’t simply scan for these keywords.  Here’s the complete list of words below.

Oh, and feel free to add your own in the comments section below (and I’ll promise to write to you from Guantanamo).


Domestic Security

Assassination Attack
Domestic security Drill
Exercise Cops
Law enforcement Authorities
Disaster assistance Disaster management
DNDO (Domestic Nuclear Detection Office) National preparedness
Mitigation Prevention
Response Recovery
Dirty bomb Domestic nuclear detection
Emergency management Emergency response
First responder Homeland security
Maritime domain awareness (MDA) National preparedness
initiative Militia
Shooting Shots fired
Evacuation Deaths
Hostage Explosion (explosive)
Police Disaster medical assistance team (DMAT)
Organized crime Guns
National security State of emergency
Security Breach
Threat Standoff
SWAT Screening
Lockdown Bomb (squad or threat)
Crash Looting
Riot Emergency Landing
Pipe bomb Incident

HAZMAT & Nuclear

Hazmat Nuclear
Chemical spill Suspicious package/device
National laboratory Nuclear facility
Nuclear threat Cloud
Plume Radiation
Radioactive Leak
Biological infection (or event) Chemical
Chemical burn Biological
Epidemic Hazardous
Hazardous material incident Industrial spill
Infection Powder (white)
Gas Spillover
Anthrax Blister agent
Chemical agent Exposure
Burn Nerve agent
Ricin Sarin
North Korea

Health Concern + H1N1

Outbreak Contamination
Exposure Virus
Evacuation Bacteria
Recall Ebola
Food Poisoning Foot and Mouth (FMD)
H5N1 Avian
Flu Salmonella
Small Pox Plague
Human to human Human to Animal
Influenza Center for Disease Control (CDC)
Drug Administration (FDA) Public Health
Toxic Agro Terror
Tuberculosis (TB) Strain
Quarantine H1N1
Vaccine Tamiflu
Norvo Virus Epidemic
Agriculture Listeria
Symptoms Mutation
Resistant Antiviral
Wave Pandemic
Infection Water/air borne
Sick Swine
Pork World Health Organization (WHO
Viral Hemorrhagic Fever E. Coli

Infrastructure Security

Infrastructure security Airport
CIKR (Critical Infrastructure & Key Resources) AMTRAK
Collapse Computer infrastructure
Communications infrastructure
Telecommunications Critical infrastructure
National infrastructure Metro
WMATA Airplane (and derivatives)
Chemical fire Subway
Port Authority NBIC (National Biosurveillance Integration Center)
Transportation security Grid
Power Smart
Body scanner Electric
Failure or outage Black out
Brown out Port
Dock Bridge
Cancelled Delays
Service disruption Power lines

Southwest Border Violence

Drug cartel Violence
Gang Drug
Narcotics Cocaine
Marijuana Heroin
Border Mexico
Cartel Southwest
Juarez Sinaloa
Tijuana Torreon
Yuma Tucson
Decapitated U.S. Consulate
Consular El Paso
Fort Hancock San Diego
Ciudad Juarez Nogales
Sonora Colombia
Mara salvatrucha MS13 or MS-13
Drug war Mezican army
Methamphetamine Cartel de Golfo
Gulf Cartel La Familia
Reynosa Nuevo Leon
Narcos Narco banners
Los Zetas Shootout
Execution Gunfight
Trafficking Kidnap
Calderon Reyosa
Bust Tamaulipas
Meth Lab Drug trade
Illegal immigrants Smuggling (smugglers)
Matamoros Michoacana
Guzman Arelian-Felix
Beltran Leyva Barrio Azteca
Artistic Assassins mexicles
New Federation

Terrorism and Middle East

Terrorism Al Qaeda (all spellings)
Terror Attack
Iraq Afghanistan
Iran Pakistan
Agro Environmental terrorist
Eco terrorism Conventional weapon
Target Weapons grade
Dirty bomb Enriched
Nuclear Chemical weapon
Biological weapon Ammonium nitrate
Improvised explosive device IED (Improvised Explosive Device)
Abu Sayyaf Hamas
FARC (Armed Revolutionary Forces Colombia) IRA (Irish Republican Army)
ETA (Euskadi ta Askatasuna) Basque Separatists
Hezbollah Tamil Tigers
PLF (Palestine Liberation Front) Car bomb
Jihad Taliban
Weapons cache Suicide bomber
Suicide attack Suspicious substance
AQAP (AL Qaeda Arabian Peninsula) AQIM (Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb)
TTP (Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan) Yemen
Pirates Extremism
Somalia Nigeria
Radicals Al-Shabaab
Home grown Plot
Nationalist Recruitment
Fundamentalism Islamist

Weather – Disaster – Emergency

Emergency Hurricane
Tornado Twister
Tsunami Earthquake
Tremor Flood
Storm Crest
Temblor Extreme weather
Forest fire Brush fire
ICE Stranded/Stuck
Help Hail
Wildfire Tsunami Warning Center
Magnitude Avalanche
Typhoon Shelter in place
Disaster Snow
Sleet Blizzard
Mud slide or Mudslide Erosion
Power outage Brown out
Warning Watch
Lightening Aid
Relief Closure
Interstate Burst
Emergency Broadcast System

Cyber Security and Hackers

Cyber security Botnet
DDOS (Dedicated denial of service) Denial of service
Malware Virus
Trojan Keylogger
Cyber command 2600
Spammer Phishing
Rootkit Phreaking
Cain and abel Brute forcing
Mysql injection Cyber attack
Cyber terror Hacker
China Conficker
Worm Scammers
Social media
Geek wear at Ivy and Pearl Boutique

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