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Tuesday, May 1 

Best Snarky Nerd Comment Of The Day

I was just reading this week's SANS NewsBites, when I read this article.
--Internet Spying in Germany Halted Pending Legal Decision
(April 27, 2007)
German intelligence agencies have been using the Internet to monitor suspects for two years. German Interior Minister Wolfgang Schuble is in favor of the practice, but has placed a moratorium on it pending a legal ruling on its legality, which has been challenged across party lines. Some maintain it violates Article 13 of the German Constiutution. [sic] Schuble wants to amend Article 13 to permit the practice because he feels it is a valuable tool. Observers note that the practice catches only individuals who do not know how to protect their computers from Trojan horse programs and other spyware.
http://www.dw-world.de/dw/article/0,2144,2459853,00.html
[Editor's Note (Schultz): I predict that news items such as this one will becoming increasingly common over the next few years. Privacy protections that in many countries have been squashed in the name of fighting terrorism will become reinstated as governments realize that they have not achieved a reasonable balance between the need for privacy and the need to counter terrorism.
(Liston): "...the practice catches only those individuals who do not know how to protect their computers from Trojan horse programs and other spyware." Or, as we like to call them, the AOL Call Center. (emphasis mine)
Being the consummate nerd, I found this hilarious.

*channeling Nick Burns, your company's computer guy * "If you people knew anything about computers, you would be laughing about that too."

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