Monday, January 25, 2010

The lesson from the Google-hacking by China

Bruce Schneier makes a point that you may not want to hear. By giving up our freedoms to fight terrorists, child pornographers and other malcontents, we, the people, have handed the perfect weapon to those who want to eavesdrop on every electronic communication we make.

Schneier places the blame not on China, for being able to hack Gmail, but on the western governments, led by the United States, that have passed laws that require technology companies to provide law enforcement officials a backdoor into our email accounts and phone lines. It is no secret that the telecoms in the US corporate with the US government to allow the surveillance of telephone calls across their lines and airwaves -- but what may not be widely known, is that the same is required of Internet services companies.

Your email account is not secret from a curious law enforcement official. Ever wonder what else isn't totally secure? If there's a backdoor built to allow anyone access to your private information, it is a door that is potentially available for the wrong person to also enter.

in reference to: U.S. enables Chinese hacking of Google - CNN.com (view on Google Sidewiki)

No one really cares until their privacy has been invaded. When will you care?

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