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EU Hacking Your PC

Police set to step up hacking of home PCs - Times Online

THE Home Office has quietly adopted a new plan to allow police across Britain routinely to hack into people’s personal computers without a warrant.

Under the Brussels edict, police across the EU have been given the green light to expand the implementation of a rarely used power involving warrantless intrusive surveillance of private property. The strategy will allow French, German and other EU forces to ask British officers to hack into someone’s UK computer and pass over any material gleaned.

The authorities could break into a suspect’s home or office and insert a “key-logging” device into an individual’s computer. This would collect and, if necessary, transmit details of all the suspect’s keystrokes. Police might also send an e-mail to a suspect’s computer. The message would include an attachment that contained a virus or “malware”. If the attachment was opened, the remote search facility would be covertly activated. Alternatively, police could park outside a suspect’s home and hack into his or her hard drive using the wireless network.

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256 bit encryption as used by all recommended terrorist groups is clearly the way to go. Seriously the only people in any danger of this are the odd bloggers who criticise government/EU policy, everyone else who might feel endangered simply wont put anything remotely controversial on a computer.

We endured all the vilence the IRA threw against us without terrorism being used as an excuse to drive a coach and horses through our ancient liberties. And look at the situation now. Except now not only terrorism but "global warming" is also used to push and prod us.

The government fallback is always that a Chief Constable or another senior individual has to authorise such a use of power - as if that is supposed to make us feel any safer or less threatened by the potential for abuse.

"Seriously the only people in any danger of this are the odd bloggers who criticise government/EU policy, everyone else who might feel endangered simply wont put anything remotely controversial on a computer."

That would be about 99% of all Britbloggers, not "the odd" one.

And in today's world, "Chief Constable" can be found in the new OED under "Rubber stamp".

"The authorities could break into a suspect’s home or office and insert a “key-logging” device into an individual’s computer..."

Why bother? I would expect the 'authorities' simply to install a monitor at the ISP. If you use a laptop or a PDA a keylogger is going to be pretty obvious....

Anyone who wants to remain anonymous can simply use the free anonymising package Tor. Google for it...

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