Spooks Happily Chase Phantom Cyber-terrorists Across State Boundaries… So Why Not Spammers?
Iain s Bruce argues we’re misled about digital weapons of mass destruction while our real enemies remain at large. The trouble with IT is that so surrounded is the sector by lies, misinformation and double talk, sometimes it’s well nigh impossible to tell what’s actually going on. You will recall, gentle reader, how, as 2002 got off to its tumultuous start, the threat of cyber-terrorism dominated technology’s headlines. Sinister geeks of foreign extraction were said to be on the brink of unleashing a deadly digital arsenal capable of anything from destabilising the entire Western economy to causing nuclear reactors to go critical, and the best thing computer users could do would be to find the box their PC came in, climb inside and wait for the all-clear. This looming Armageddon has since been the justification by which security services worldwide defend their continued attempts to gain access to our digital lives. Your e-mail can be intercepted and your browsing patterns monitored, and all in the name of protecting the innocent from the malevolent hacking hordes. Full Story