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Warrantless Intrusion: yet another reason for Using GNU/Linux (but it may not be enough)

Jan 16, 2009, 18:02 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Gary Richmond)

"I suspect however that the hard-core Redmondnites will blunder on as usual making the internet a gold mine for any individual, corporation or government maliciously inclined to steal or plant information your computer. So, what exactly is warrantless intrusion?

"Hacking computers is hardly new. Electronic surveillance, man in the middle attacks, rootkits, Trojans, adware, malware and keyloggers are well known and have been around for years. Just ask any Windows user but just because you are using GNU/Linux doesn't mean you should be smug. Using any decent distro with a relatively secure browser like Firefox will afford you a degree of protection not available to Windows users, but there is no such thing as 100% security -- and warrantless intrusion knows it. In the USA there is of course the Patriot Act and in the UK there is Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (RIPA). Despite the fact that when RIPA was passed into law only nine organisations had authority under the act, now seven hundred and ninety two do."

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