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Re: [Full-Disclosure] On PGP (was: Wiretap or Magic Lantern?)
From: Szilveszter Adam (adamhif.hu)
Date: Thu Apr 08 2004 - 02:04:39 CDT
Thanks Tamas, I really got a kick out of the article. Especially your
last paragraph, which really underscores my previous point: no need to
go against the crypto head-on (although doing it anyway and suceeding is
certainly nice, even if you only find some unimportant info like the
love letters of the female suspected terrorist, you can use it later
carefully in small drips to pressure her during the interrogation phase,
since she may assume that you know far more than she thought.) when you
can zoom in on them through the "human angle". Any reasonable police
officer knows how to do the latter, and this is why the saying "there is
no perfect crime" goes around in those circles.
Of course, this does not mean, that the fetisization of technology does
not happen in the forces. Especially, since quite often (and quite
wrongly) people believe that just by cracking the files on this device
they would get all the info that they need and that getting that info
any other way is hard, so frustration sets in. People are after quick
success, you know :-) This is why some idiotic "anti-terrorist"
legislation primarily focuses on technology and misses the larger
picture (nicely stamping out human rights while at it too) Of course,
fear of the unknown also plays a role: modern technology often is one of
the great unknowns to people. But the cure for this is understanding the
technology, and what it can and what it cannot do. But this is no easy
task :-) as we all know.
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