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[News] Police States Fight Free Software for Being Too Secure or Sharing 'Too' Much

  • Subject: [News] Police States Fight Free Software for Being Too Secure or Sharing 'Too' Much
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 18 Mar 2009 23:26:42 +0000
  • Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.advocacy
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How to Lie with Maps: When Open Source and National Security Collide

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| This is not the first time that the world of Open Source and the desire for 
| national security has slammed together. The most notable of these was the 
| release of Phil Zimmerman’s PGP software in the mid 1990s. But is this really 
| an issue of national security?   



Feds appeal loss in PGP compelled-passphrase case

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| It's time to take another look at the intriguing case of United States v. 
| Boucher, which may set the ground rules for whether or not criminal 
| defendants can be compelled to divulge encryption passphrases.  



Animal Rights Activists Forced to Hand Over Encryption Keys

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| If you remember, this was sold to the public as essential for fighting 
| terrorism. It's already being misused. 


Judge: Man can't be forced to divulge encryption passphrase

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| In this case, Judge Niedermeier took the second approach. He said that 
| encryption keys can be "testimonial," and even the prosecution's alternative 
| of asking the defendant to type in the passphrase when nobody was looking 
| would be insufficient.    


- From Zero to Holy $&*#!

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| What if Linux and Free and Open Source Software became illegal to use due 
| to “national security?”  Never mind the fact that the American military uses 
| it.  Never mind the fact that Microsoft funded both political parties in the 
| year 2000.  Never mind that Richard Stallman has accused Microsoft of 
| enabling terrorism in the first place.    


UK gov sets rules for hacker tool ban

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| A revamp of the UK's outdated computer crime laws is long overdue. However, 
| provisions to ban the development, ownership and distribution of 
| so-called "hacker tools" draw sharp criticism from industry. Critics point 
| out that many of these tools are used by system administrators and security  
| consultants quite legitimately to probe for vulnerabilities in corporate 
| systems.    


German Security Professionals in the Mist

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| This hope was important because earlier this year the German Government had 
| introduced similar language into Section 202c StGB of the computer crime 
| laws, which would have made the mere possession of (creates, obtains or 
| provides access to, sells, yields, distributes or otherwise allows access to) 
| tools like John, Kismet, KisMAC, Nessus, nmap, and the ability to Google 
| effectively a crime.     


BitTorrent Admin Monitored by US Government, Forced to Dump Linux

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| Sk0t, an ex-administrator of the EliteTorrents BitTorrent tracker is to have 
| his internet connection forcibly monitored by the US Government. If that 
| wasn’t bad enough, the monitoring software is Windows based - which means he 
| is being forced to ditch Linux - or face being barred from the internet.   

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