26-02-05

should we close terrorist sites or watch them

it is an continuing discussion, that sometimes reminds me of the discussion about infiltrators in left and rightwing terrorist organisations during the 90's. When is infiltration or in this case, letting exist, becoming more dangerous than the things you hope to achieve with the information you have collected. In the internetworld, the risks are even greater, because with infiltration in a terrorist group you can have actual information to stop the group at the moment it will act and proof that it theser were its intentions, information on the internet can have a much more damaging effect because it is so widescale (without any limit). The more, they know that they are being watched and there are enough technical possibilities to make detection of the communication much more difficult, if not impossible.
 
Another thing is that those military manuels, the anarchist cookbook, how to make a gun or attack a convoy, you can find this on the underground hackers sites, in Kazaa, the usenet and numerous other places. We will never get this stuff totally off the internet anymore, forget it. And yes that stuff will be found on these terrorist sites.
 
And what about freedom of opinion you will think. Well, that freedom ends where your freedom of expression becomes a real danger for my life. Organizing terrorist attacks is a bridge too far I think to fall under freedom of expression. Showing videos with terrorist attacks is degusting, but even big news shows are doing it, even if it seems only staged sometimes. For me it stays an open debate. And this is a discussion going on since the 70's. Should the news and the internet in this case, not stop showing material that can be interpreted like publicity for such terrorist groups ? ANd what has this kind of glorification of terrorist attacks to do with freedom of expression ? http://www.kataebaqsa1.com/arabic/
 
Some will answer that in  the terorist groups list of the US http://www.state.gov/s/ct/rls/fs/2004/37191.htm (40) are some that are now going political, even if it not in their own name. At the other side, those fanatics have no respect whatever for our democracy, lifestyle and culture and accept no discussion or contradiction as this shows http://www.neildoyle.com/cgi-bin/yabb/YaBB.cgi?board=news...  (also a description of an action against sites linked to Hamas) at the other side
 
There are two approaches. One is closing them down, one by one and tells you how you could do the same http://haganah.org.il/harchives/003133.html The advantage of this approach is that is legal and not based upon hacking or virus, ddos attacks (like linux lovers did against SCO) and that can destabilize the whole internet. And if you look in their database, you will see that they have already closed down numerous of them http://haganah.org.il/jihadi/  and their news http://haganah.org.il/haganah/  that seems to be somewhat coloured (well, if you seem linked to the Jewish Defense League what can you expect ?) But whatever, I respect their legal approach that I prefer to the cyberwar hackers from both sides wage against each other.
 
The other site that is watching is more neutral and business like (because it is selling the collected information to the secret services around the world that don't have the money to keep an permanent internet watch on all these terrorist linked sites, chat rooms, newsletters and so on) http://www.siteinstitute.org/  and beside the newslinks, it has the publications, translations and multimedia from the different war and terror fronts that we have worldwide. The terrorist websites are here http://www.siteinstitute.org/websites.html 
 
based on the article  http://www.wired.com/news/privacy/0,1848,66708,00.html?tw=wn_tophead_1

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IDN, Mozilla, security and the webworld

IDN is a new domainname protocol that makes it easier for other countries to have domainnames in their particular languages, even if they didn't have the same letters and symbols as english does, as it was in the beginning of the web. It as heralded as the biggest breakthrough of the expansion and internationalisation of the web.
 
Seems nowadays that as with so many other things, they didn't securize their protocol and the way to register them before launching it publicly. The major problem nowadays with IDN is that there is no blocking mechanism to protect financial and other important sites to have spoofed sites that look like the real one. For example you can have COCA-COLA.com and C0CA-C0LA.com  Only a good observer would see the difference. The basic problem is here is that with the continuing liberalisation and privatization of the domainname business, the more controls are being lifted or neglected (because each control demands paperwork, manhours and would drive up the cost). The last 6 months you can find different cases and articles on the web about the stealing of domainnames this way (false papers, no checking of online transfer of domain demand, etc....)
 
Mozilla has done the right thing. It has broken the link between its browser and a totally unsecured domainbusiness. Let them bring their house into order and if this is the case, and only them, let them come on the web. As is the case with the alternative domainnames .mp3 etc. Mozilla is not alone. It is becoming standard practise for securitypeople to cut off access to domains (info, biz) or countries where all their spam and other attacks are coming from and their business have no case connecting with or receiving mail from. That is why, if you are launching your online business, get a real international domainname (net, com, org) and forget about the rest, because only those can guarantee you access to the whole world.
 
There seem to be some technical solutions, but these are only technical and will at some point be circumvented because the only solution is human and nothing else. Or you will create a domain for ebusiness where the control of who really owns the domain is really the person who should own it (like a trademark) and where from the startpage it is clear for everyone that they are at that site and not at another etc......  or you rewrite the rules for controlling the buying and transfering of ebiz domainnames. Just as the biz domain didn't allow any domainname that looked like another in the rest of the domainname and was only created for this reason, the IDN should do the same. This will make things a bit slower, but safer (just as we should drive slower to be safer)
 
based upon the article http://www.theregister.co.uk/2005/02/25/mozilla_nixes_idns/

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has belgacom found its iceberg

found publicity for unlimited national and local calls and adsl for 25 Euro a month in France
well, it is VOIP (with all the risks, you know)
and some begin installing such boxes here
but just as in the beginning with ADSL
there seem to be some trouble between the competitors and Belgacom about who is responsable for those problems
but just as with ADSL, once that seems to be cleared out.....
meanwhile Belgacom is not making any integrated offer of that kind and that fact alone may be costing itself deerly over time
I understand they want to keep milking the cow, but if they really want to win back the customers that went over to Tele2 and others, this will be the only way
one bill, one helpdesk for your digital tv, your mobile, your adsl and your phone with price reductions each time you subscribe to another service
otherwise Belgacom can have found its Iceberg like the Titanic did......
small on the outside, but a gigantic market waiting for that integration-price reduction
just as hostage-tv distribution users of Telenet wait for a competition with a better offer and better service  (the hickups don't stop, now my TCM channel is of laughable quality and Arte is in German)

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all quiet on the blogfront

almost a year ago, there was trouble in blogland over here
and I was involved - even if I didn't wanted to do anything else than let people work together
some people have left and some good blogs are gone
new ones have come - even if the service hasn't ameliorated
a year agon they talked about skynetblogs version 2
didn' see anything coming since
other blogservices are upgrading their service
and the difference becomes clear
now when you have been working a year on your blog, you should be stupid to let it go because you have your visitors and your ranking in the searchengines and your reputation
 
but where have the IT bloggers gone ?
I would love to work together with our IT bloggers over here
exchanging links and more (blogrolling for example)
or should I extend it to other belgian IT blogs elsewhere - let me know if you care
 
len

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crack XP before the 28th of february

According to the Microsoft alert, Microsoft will disable the ability to activate direct OEM product keys over the Internet. If a customer attempts to activate using a pirated key, the product activation wizard will instruct them to call Microsoft customer service. Microsoft call center operators will be authorized to issue override keys only to customers who answer questions that prove they have legitimate copies
Now the system didn't control those oem keys.
 
http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story2&u=/zd/20...

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nothing to report sire

ITsafe is a government service, launched on 23 February 2005, to provide both home users and small businesses with proven, plain English advice to help protect computers, mobile phones and other devices from malicious attack.  
http://www.itsafe.gov.uk/about/index.html
 
since 23 february we had a series of not massive but interesting viruses that by repetition would teach people not to open any mail anyhow
repetition is the strength of a security-information policy

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no more passwords for 8 Euro a year

RSA Security in the US that already works for Yahoo, AOL and others on authentification will launch SecureID for consumers later this year.
 
A key feature is a device that saves users from having to create or remember secure passwords. The system uses a key fob that plugs into a computer USB port and generates a new password each time a user logs in. To authenticate themselves during an online session, users enter the serial number on the back of the device and the password or code that appears on a small LCD display.
http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/businesstechnology/...

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