EU wants to fight against cyber terror

02/10/2007 Written by minor

terrorSophis­ti­cated equip­ment in small air­plane is used to eaves­drop and mon­i­tor of sus­pected ter­ror­ists. In UK this plane is flew by RAF. But this is not only one tech­no­log­i­cal mea­sure against terrorists.

More such action will fol­low and not only against sus­pected ter­ror­ists. Last month Euro­pean Com­mis­sioner respon­si­ble for Jus­tice, Free­dom and Secu­rity Franco Frat­tini spoke about con­nec­tion between Inter­net and ter­ror­ists. The same he told on last meet­ing of Euro­pean Home Depart­ment sec­re­taries in Lisbon.

It is no doubt that ter­ror­ists are using Inter­net as e-​learning tool for any kind of activ­i­ties: from tac­tics to bomb assem­bly, every­thing of that king you can find just few mouse clicks. Mr. Frat­tini told that he doesn’t want to vio­late free­dom of speech, but he wants to pun­ish those who spread ter­ror­is­tic pro­pa­ganda, because this in not about free­dom of speech.
His ini­tia­tive is looks inter­est­ing, as Reuters wrote ear­lier , Mr. Frat­tini wants to block access to these web­sites from EU. Of course idea behind is good, but we should take to ques­tion another fact: how the whole fil­ter should be real­ized? What are cri­te­ria for such website?

For exam­ple, Zone-​H more times reported about cyber ter­ror­ist activ­i­ties and if you look bet­ter, you maybe find a link to elec­tro­mag­netic bomb. But are we ter­ror­ists? No. If the web­site will con­tain words like “how to make a bomb” or “jihad”, does it mean the site will be blocked? Well, more or less it looks like begin­ning of new cen­sor­ship in EU. Apro­pos, cen­sor­ship is well known also in other coun­tries of the world, like China, or recently Burma, Iran…

Zone-​H will observe, how this web­site block­ing will come to life. I’m pretty excited to see, how will be the result of good idea.

On the other hand, we should not for­get the fact, that EU is now talk­ing seri­ously about fight with cyber ter­ror­ists. It seems, that after “few” years of Inter­net pres­ence in the world Euro­pean Com­mi­sion finally under­stood, what kind of tool the Inter­net is. Cyber ter­ror­ists and other crim­i­nals are using it long time, because they under­stood it’s value and possibilities.

There­fore, any coun­ter­mea­sures against cyber ter­ror­ists will affect also another inno­cent surfers. Since the ter­ror­ists are long time on the inter­net, often they use it in much more sophis­ti­cated way, then only post­ing mes­sages and “how-to’s” on their web­sites. Hid­den forums, that are not traced and cached by Google are know only to few “right” per­sons.
Any­way, Mr. Frat­tini was true in the fact, that all these actions against ter­ror­ism in var­i­ous forms require joint action from all orga­ni­za­tions and coun­tries in EU.

But this is an ini­tia­tive and action will come later. Later can mean: hunt­ing the Inter­City train on a bike…


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