Are you a terrorist?

14/05/2007 Written by Alberto Redi (halfmoon)

TV, radio and news­pa­pers from all over the world often linger on the costs of ter­ror­ism, but what is not so often men­tioned are the costs of the fight to ter­ror­ism. While deal­ing with such costs, we do not refer to how much money were spent to set up proper coun­ter­mea­sures against ter­ror­ist attacks, but to the con­se­quences of a sort of Hys­te­ria that affected whole west­ern soci­ety from Sep­tem­ber 11th on.

Ter­ror­ism is undoubt­edly a threat that must be fought with all means, but we should take care to avoid that this state of alert will turn us into witch hunters, and we should pre­vent the fear of ter­ror­ism from dam­ag­ing us much more than ter­ror­ism itself.

Need some exam­ples? Ear­lier this year, specif­i­cally on Jan­u­ary 4th, the CNN apol­o­gized after mis­tak­enly putting the name of US Sen­a­tor Barack Obama as a cap­tion on a story about Osama Bin Laden.

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Real conflicts and digital clashes

11/05/2007 Written by Boris Mutina (minor)

We often wit­nessed that wars and riots have also a dig­i­tal form. Take in exam­ple few cases from recent his­tory: the con­flict between Israel and Lebanon has been trans­ferred to dig­i­tal ground through the rise of
deface­ments with anti-​war mes­sages and, as it seems, cyber-​war will not be over soon . Or con­sider riots pro­voked by the pub­li­ca­tion of satiric pic­tures about Holy Prophet Mohammed. Reac­tions were def­i­nitely strong in Islamic world, both in streets and on-​line .

As things stand, no sur­prise that the protest that took place some week ago in Esto­nia because of the removal of a “Red Army memo­r­ial” had also dig­i­tal con­se­quences. As riots started in Tallinn, some gov­ern­men­tal web­sites , such as For­eign Min­istry site, got defaced and even the web­site of Prime Minister’s party, Reform Party ‚was attacked. Prime Min­is­ter Andrus Ansip, has been just the main sup­porter of the move to relo­cate the memorial.

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Identity theft: a true story

10/05/2007 Written by Zone-H

Zone-​H often deals with iden­tity theft. We use to explore meth­ods, vul­ner­a­bil­i­ties and par­tic­u­lar cases that could lead to such frauds in order to inform our audi­ence on the invalu­able dam­ages that they could pro­voke to nor­mal people.

But maybe, no the­ory or analy­sis can be as much effec­tive as the words of peo­ple who has been vic­tim of an iden­tity fraud. No tech­ni­cal sta­tis­tics can be more clear than the rage emerg­ing from the story of an inno­cent man whose fam­ily, job and life were destroyed because his per­sonal details were stolen in 1998, while he was shop­ping on-​line on a legal and pop­u­lar website.

The fol­low­ing story was pub­lished few days ago in ORE EXPOSED web­site . Both the web­site and the story refer to Oper­a­tion Ore , an enquiry car­ried out by British Police against dig­i­tal crime. Oper­a­tion Ore was launched in the UK in May 2002, when UK author­i­ties claimed they had the names of 7,272 UK cit­i­zens who had paid to view on-​line child pornog­ra­phy. Hun­dreds of peo­ple were involved and many of theme were com­pletely inno­cent, as the enquiry itself demon­strated later .

But in the mean­time, they lost every­thing, and some­one lost his life as well.

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The long arm of the American Law

08/05/2007 Written by Roberto Preatoni (SyS64738)

 Hew Ray­mond Grif­fiths, a British national liv­ing in the Aus­tralian city of Bateau Bay, after spend­ing almost four years in prison in his native coun­try and after being extra­dited to the USA, is now about to face a process and even­tu­ally a conviction.

The accu­sa­tion is infringe­ment of the law on copy­right. Being processed in the USA, Mr. Grif­fiths risks up to 10 years in prison and a half– million-​dollars fine.

Grif­fiths was arrested in 2003 because of a war­rant emit­ted by Aus­tralian insti­tu­tions under the request of the Amer­i­can Depart­ment of Justice.

The news has been booed by the blo­gos­phere and harshly crit­i­cized by mag­a­zines that deploy the intro­mis­sion of US Gov­ern­ment in the Aus­tralian Sys­tem of Justice.

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Hotspots, the crux for wireless security

07/05/2007 Written by Alberto Redi (halfmoon)

 The debate on wire­less secu­rity in Inter­net cafes keeps burning…

Inter­net users were recently warned about dan­gers linked to wi-​fi hotspots in Inter­net cafes, includ­ing Starbucks.

As reported by Times Online , cyber pranksters base their attacks on the tech­nique of “evil twin attack”, which is a dif­fer­ent name for “man in the mid­dle attacks”, where users are diverted to a mali­cious con­nec­tion that is con­trolled by the attacker through a lap­top. So, the attacker is allowed to get any kind of Infor­ma­tion on users and their activ­i­ties, and to com­mit iden­tity frauds.

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