"keeping our citizens safe and free online"
How exactly am I free? They monitor everything I type and view online then at some point they could view an opinion I express or something I view as illegal then I get locked up. Free I am not.
Keeping the UK safe from cyber attacks is now as important as fighting terrorism, the new GCHQ boss has said. Jeremy Fleming, director of the signals intelligence service, said increased funding for GCHQ was being spent on making it a "cyber-organisation" as much as an intelligence and counter-terrorism unit. Fleming, who …
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"Fending off cyber attacks as important as combatting terrorism"
Translatingfrom politician-speak to tech-speak = "Having strong encryption as important as breaking encryption"
Does not compute!
You cannot make these 2 equal priority, one has to be more important than the other. And to any sane non-politician (mostly, but not limited to, anyone with any understanding of encryption) that means that fending off cyber attacks has to be a higher priority than combatting terrorism.
I would say that they should provide all citizens with free (well, paid for by the taxpayer) software defences. But you know they wouldn't be able to resist putting in some snooping backdoors. Who would trust GCHQ?
One idea that arose following the Kaspersky (alleged) snooping of NSA secrets was that an ordinary citizen in the UK or the US is better off being snooped on by Russians than their own government - after all, the Russians can't get to you as easily. And if they did, then killing you, zipping you up in a bag and padlocking it from the outside might make the coppers think there's something suspicious going on...
well known the body in bag with external padlock etc. story you refer to was not the Russians...
What do you mean, it "was not the Russians"? Are you a fool Mr tiggity? EVERYTHING is the fault of the Russians. The British government tells me that it is so. The Arab refugee crisis, that was the Russians. The rise of AfD in Germany, that was the Russians. The fractured nature of US politics, that was the Russians. Fat Boy Kim, he's the fault of the Russians. China's outlandish claims on the South China Sea, that's the Russians, too. Every form of malware, and every undisclosed zero day, that's Russians for you. Brexit, that's the fault of the Russians. Catalan secessionism, that's the Russians as well. Toast falling butter side down, that's the Russians. Not getting a clean break when going for a dump, that's the Russians' fault.
So, first of all please tell the Home Sec, who is determined to cock all of this up through her f'ing ignorant attitude to encryption.
Second, what exactly are you GCHQ doing about the Russian trollbots and similar nefarious influences (like Cambridge Analytica, and anyone else with deep pockets to buy Facebook power) which corrupt democracy with things like Brexit?
Defending the indefensible and obnoxious, corrupting elites and perverse easily subverted fiat currency power bases is always going to have useful useless idiots acting as if they be defending whole nations and established ways of living.
Does that captain of a sinking ship hat fit Jeremy Fleming perfectly?
And if that is the true sum of his Great Game Plan, then is he a clear and present danger to any and all who would be so enthralled and dependent upon his not so secret security services servering services.
Of course, one also has to consider that it is the observer that has changed, not the subject..... Sir Runcible Spoon
Quite so, Sir. And with both criteria exhibiting improvement and momentum in the right direction, does the future look brighter and able to be a whole lot different from the pathetic austere past.
And a right scary nightmare for guardians and establishments wedded to petrified past masters for their oats, methinks.
What think thee of they and all of that?
What think thee of they and all of that?
I've lost track of the number of times my hopes have been dashed. So I suppose the answer to that is 'I'm tired.' Nothing else is printable without tempting knocks on doors in the wee hours.
In England there used to be a legal doctrine, in Latin, to the effect that the law does not deal with trifles. So if you fiddled the raffle at the tennis club, MI5 are not interested in that particular misdeed, although it would tell them something about you. Nor can they conceivably be directly interested in the average nutjob opinions that infest the wibbly wobbly web. That is why they never get further than the surveillance computer systems. But in this wicked world, the authorities have to keep watch, even if the moaners keep moaning.
Unfortunately the litigious attitudes of the USA have spread to England (the case of Scotland must be discussed separately) and so many legal cases today would have been regarded as trifling in times past.
Bring back the concept of trifle, it is so good for all of us. And let the USA take note.
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