Reader Comments on Aardvark Daily 6 Nov 2000
From: Edwin Hermann For : The Editor (for publication) Subj: Aardvark saves the day! Thanks to Aardvark, a friend has saved probably thousands of dollars. This morning she showed me a promotional CD-ROM about a SkyBiz2000 scheme in which she was considering 'investing' a considerable amount of money. As soon as I heard the name 'SkyBiz' the alarm bells went off. I vaguely remember having read about something like that on Aardvark. The search on Aardvark proved me right. I showed the friend a few articles about it and how it was an illegal pyramid scheme. She is now going to stay well away from it. Thanks Aardvark! From: Richard For : The Editor (for publication) Subj: Interception capabilities In the IDG article "All networks to be capable of interception" if find it worring that the proposed amendments allow "the authorised agencies to intercept digital communications or hack into computer systems." While I can see the possibility of needing to intercept email and cellular messages, I wonder about the ability or necessity of needing to "hack" into systems. If someone has suspect banking transactions, will our internet banking systems be attempted to be broken into? (Mind you, I believe banks hand over access on demand anyway...) What if said person(s) banks/computes offshore - would the agencies of the NZ government attempt to hack an offhore system? How would corporations such as Deloittes or IBM feel about intrusions into their systems where (suspect) customers have outsourced to? Again, what if the outsourcing is offshore? If you wished to store data that was of interest to said agencies, surely you would store it *offline* on a protected internal network and only move the data online in unpredictable "bursts"? Would the new raft of personal & professional firewalling products become illegal if the government couldn't bypass them? If you leave backdoors you also take the risk that the hacker community will find them (such as CDC's BackOrifice). Oh and as for GSM's encryption, that been broken already. (I am unsure if the standard was strengthened since then).
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