Monday, January 5, 2009

"The Road to Hell Is Paved With Good Intentions", Part II

It's been a while since the previous post discussed commercial "intelligence gathering tool".

It would have seemed ridiculous, if this time it wasn't UK government who thinks it's acceptable to hack into home computers, spread malware via email, log users' keystrokes, or sniff users' traffic, if it "believes" that it is "proportionate" and necessary to prevent or detect serious crime.

Whoever came up with this idea is apparently the follower of Niccolò Machiavelli (1469–1527), a strong believer that "the ends justify the means". Especially when it comes to the fight with paedophiles and terrorists, as if the last two words were doing exceptional job in shutting down one's intellect.

Considering these news follow other ridiculous reports that the UK military will now run nuclear-missile submarines under Windows XP (no, it's not April 1st), one could fairly ask "What exactly is going on in that part of the world?".