Smite: To hit; To strike down or kill with godly force; To injure with divine power
To DARPA SMITE stands for: “Suspected Malicious Insider Threat Elimination”
Darpa Wants Code to Spot ‘Anomalous Behavior’ on the Job
Looking for clues that a turncoat or accidental leaker is about to spill (.pdf) “could potentially be easier than recognizing explicit attacks,” Darpa notes in a request for information. But even that simpler search won’t be easy. “Many attacks are combinations of directly observable and inferred events.” Which is why SMITE’s program managers are interested in techniques to figure out“the likely intent of inferred actions, and suggestions about what [that] evidence might mean.” That goes for “behaviors both malicious and non-malicious"
How to go about this? Build a big data base..
“The next step is to determine whether an individual or group of individuals is exhibiting anomalous behavior that is also malicious.
Anomalous in one context might be perfectly normal in another. One possible solution, the SMITE paper adds, could be detecting “deceptive” activities, which are a sign of cyberspying. Or cheating on your taxes. Or carrying on an office affair. Or playing World of Warcraft on the job. Depending on the situation.
Another article calls this the witchfinder ware.
A clear reference to the ridiculous killing of multitudes of innocent women justified by, as claimed, their alleged witchcraft practices and allegiances to satan.
This time the Pentagon boffins want nothing less than some kind of automated witch-finder technology able to finger "increasingly sophisticated malicious insider behavior" in the USA.
It will no doubt be a comfort for anyone in a position of trust within the US information infrastructure to know that mighty military algorithms and hybrid engines will soon sniff your every move so as to forecast any context-dependent malice on your part and then in some unspecified way (remember what the E in SMITE stands for) eliminate you as a threat