Carnivore is apparently the third generation of online-detection software used by the FBI. While information about the first version has never been disclosed, many believe that itwas actually a readily available commercial program called Etherpeek .In 1997, the FBI
deployed the second generation program, Omnivore . According to information released by the FBI, Omnivore was designed to look through e-mail traffic travelling over a specific Internet service provider (ISP) and capture the e-mail from a targeted source, saving it to a tape-backup drive or printing it in real-time. Omnivore was retired in late 1999 in favor of a more comprehensive system, the DragonWare Suite , which allows the FBI to reconstruct e-mail messages, downloaded files or even webpages.