I can’t believe we are going through the “let’s
monitor the internet” saga yet again.
No one wants to believe this, but there are no
credible resources consistent with a tolerable society that can
prevent a determined terrorist from…
Sending and receiving encrypted messages over any telecom
Carrying out a suicide mission with guns and/or bombs
Meantime plenty of contractors will eagerly take money from gullible
governments when pretending to do the impossible.
As one IT writer reminded me today: “May I
remind the honourable gentleman of the column I wrote some years ago
about how bt would end up owning the uk Internet, how vpns would be
banned unless licensed to businesses, all in the name of national
Of course BT will encourage Cameron and his
gullible advisers to think that if only they were able to control
the entire UK internet they could prevent terrorist misuse.
Sadly, and with perverse irony, my good friend
of over 30 years, Steve Gold, who was made famous as one of the two
hackers that exposed the shortcomings in BT security back in 1985
when they hacked the Duke of Edinburgh’s email account, died last
Steve’s actions in exposing the shortcomings in
both BT and legislation, lead directly to the 1990 computer misuse
act. Steve was a complete realist and all round voice of reason. We
badly need his sanity right now.