Minggu, 27 November 2011

Fighting fire with wires

There was controversy earlier this month when the German state of Bavaria has a Trojan - a malicious program in a digital camera to collect data in secret - to collect information on suspected criminals.

The R2D2 has been criticized for malware makers to initiate and potentially allow the software to capture images on the infected computer.
The German Minister of Justice called for a probe using national and state controversial software.
Ironically, the Trojan is considered to be sophisticated enough to defeat anti-virus software that would be able to infiltrate unsecured computers - something is probably not the expert computer users.
But it seems that there is a growing trend of the government offensive.
Digital software company confirmed the role of the program and also to sell to state and federal agencies in Switzerland, the Netherlands and Austria.
But how far the authorities should come to look online?
In the UK, officials have not ruled anything like that.
"In terms of sensitivity surrounding the Trojans some, not something you particularly want to talk," said Lee Miles, director of the British agency on Cybercrime, the Soca.
"But if he is willing to work within a legal framework ... then we could use a tactic at our disposal to organized crime. "
Experts on Cybercrime Professor Peter Sommer of the London School of Economics, believes that the addition of software to the computer of a suspect may be illegal under current UK legislation.
And the introduction of new police powers is something that many will be collected with a fine tooth comb for his release has been proposed.
"We need to take care to take this path [of the use of new technologies] to exercise because of unintended consequences - is something that deserves careful consideration," said UK Minister for Crime Prevention James Brookshire and security.
"But we are very clear to have a sound legal framework for privacy and balancing capabilities of law enforcement to ensure that we are all protected."
As one speaker said at the conference, it seems that the police will always strive to maintain the right to freedom, then they are not a free-for-all.

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