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Securing Freedom, What Tactics Should and Currently are Being Used to Combat Criminal Exploitation of the Internet, and is it Legal or Proportionate ?

A few recent broadcasts not too be missed..

Stephen Grey investigates the use of computer hacking by the police and security agencies to combat criminal exploitation of the internet and asks if it is legal.

“.. RIPA .. range of surveillance powers.. unspecified hardware/software, keyloggers..

software installed on suspect computers could be considered breaking section 3 of Computer Misuse Act, by altering data..

lack of clarity from authorities, Article 8 Human Rights Act, scope of states power must be disclosed and made clear what authorities will or won’t use ..

William Hague, who speaks for the government on computer security issues, said: “Any export of goods that could be used for internal repression is something we would want to stop” .. He also admitted the law governing software exports was a grey area ..”

UK firm denies ‘cyber-spy’ deal with Egypt
Stephen Grey, File on 4, BBC Radio 4, 20 September 2011
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-14981672 – (Full Broadcast) – last access 23 September 2011

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Excellently delivered by Eliza, offering public insight into reasons behind securing freedom and perceived hypocrisy.

Her second Reith lecture of 2011, the former director-general of the British Security Service (MI5), Eliza Manningham-Buller, discusses policy priorities since 9/11. She reflects on the Arab Spring, and argues that the West’s support of authoritarian regimes did, to some extent, fuel the growth of al-Qaeda.

The Reith Lectures – Securing Freedom: 2011 : Freedom
Eliza Manningham-Buller, BBC Radio 4, 20 September 2011
http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/p00k4053/The_Reith_Lectures_Eliza_ManninghamBuller_Lecture_3_Freedom/ – (Full Broadcast) – last access 23 September 2011

Her first and the previous Reith Lecture:

The Reith Lectures – Securing Freedom: 2011 : Security
Eliza Manningham-Buller, BBC Radio 4, 13 September 2011
http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b014fcyw/The_Reith_Lectures_Securing_Freedom_2011_Eliza_ManninghamBuller_Security/ – (Full Broadcast) – last access 23 September 2011

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StarLogger Keylogger Found on New Samsung Laptops

Keylogger software discovered by Mohamed Hassan on two new Samsung laptops…

“.. Samsung installed a commercial keylogger on brand-new laptops to monitor customer usage, the company admitted after a user exposed the practice in a security newsletter.

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While setting up a new Samsung R525 laptop in early February, Hassan ran a full-system scan using an unnamed “licensed commercial security software” before installing anything else. The scan found two instances of a commercial keylogger, called StarLogger, installed within the Windows directory..

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A support supervisor then confirmed that Samsung knowingly put this software on the laptop to “monitor the performance of the machine and to find out how it is being used,”

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“Samsung installs keylogger on its laptop computers”
M. E. Kabay and Mohamed Hassan Mohamed Hassan, Network World – Security Strategies Alert, 30 March 2011
http://www.networkworld.com/newsletters/sec/2011/032811sec2.html – last access 31 March 2011 – ( Full Article )

“Samsung responds to installation of keylogger on its laptop computers”
M. E. Kabay and Mohamed Hassan Mohamed Hassan, Network World – Security Strategies Alert, 30 March 2011
http://www.networkworld.com/newsletters/sec/2011/040411sec1.html – last access 31 March 2011 – ( Full Article )

“Samsung Installs Stealthy KeyLogger on Brand-New Laptops”
Fahmida Y. Rashid, eWeek, 30 March 2011
http://www.eweek.com/c/a/Security/Samsung-Installs-Stealthy-KeyLogger-on-Brand-New-Laptops-265944 – last access 31 March 2011 – ( Full Article )

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