May 16, 2007

Stasi 2.0

by dataloo

Now you are  officially anounced STASI2.0


a good example

March 19, 2007

I once wrote about the problems with data collection and databases.
Today there is the best example  how to get in such a criminal database being fully innocent.

The short version:

Someone made a report about a wrong offer on a auction site and already had an IP of the suspect.
The policeman didn’t know know what to do with that address and called the information desk, which didn’t know much more and searched for the given number with google.
The “I’m feeling lucky”-button  led to a discussion site of wikipedia netherlands as the IP was listened there in the comments.

Now try to get out  of this database. I guess you won’t feel lucky.

for private use only

February 14, 2007

I think most people agree that you need a certain age to cope with someaspects of life. Though the protection of minors is quite reasonable and nobody would show to a five year old child.
But when they hit puberty some things get more and more interesting. Girls for example, but also drugs like alcohol and tabacco, guns and horror movies.

Some really smart guy must have told the Bavarians that people who are underage talk and interact with persons of full age. Whoa!

Long story, short: The government now wants to ban dvd rental of adult content.

They name it a barrier of purchasing, when you have to pay the full price. Won’t you get more used to lend your dvds if there isn’t any rental service? Won’t you start the donkey to avoid the costs?
Must be a bit different in an area with cows and tourists.
Perhaps Mr.Schäuble, the best informed politician on internet stuff can tell them what he found on harddrives.

With this argumentall rental services should be cancelled.
No cars, no karaoke maschines, no video consoles, no fashion, no party accesoires, no tech stuff for pros, no boats anf at last, we’ll close the libraries.

nothing to hide Mr.Schäuble?

February 8, 2007

Mr. Schäuble, Home Secretary of Germany wants to know all about the residents.

He doesn’t care about sanctities of the home presumption of innocence and other legal rights of the constitution.
Some proposals were tracking of all vehicles, filming all public rooms, tracking all phone calls, emails and internet connections.

As if this wasn’t enough, he know claims access to all private PCs out there. Other politicians would like to see offering hacking-tools and even testing if your maschine is vulnerable as a crime. Now hacking shall be the profession of some policemen?

If you put all the ideas together, why didn’t they just let the SBZ take over the BRD and did it just the other way?
Sure in real dictatorships and similar regims there it much more active suppression, but the passive ways of suirveillance never got that power.

the real problem

January 31, 2007

Just seen a documentation about surveillance on tv.

There were great technologies as face-recognition, implanted chips, 4mio cameras in Great Britain but no sinle word about the databases.
The tech stuff is crap, it will change every year. Maintenance of the databases and the infrastructure are the real threat.

Just think about the IT-problems in your company, the government won’t be better. One false entry and you get severe problems. Everyone knows some stories about administration horror, mostly if you move to another city or change your employer, insurance or telco.
At least one update goes wrong and now imagine the new entry is similar to a crminal. Just some weeks ago, Mikado showed that a certain amount of credit transfer was enough to get under suspicion.

So just do a quick check and go through your addressbook on your mobile phone.
Are sure that none of these numbers is outdated?

Just a few things from my neighbourhood which could lead to some bad entries

  • both license plate was stolen. When reporting this to the police, there were already two complaints from gas stations about not paying the bill for that number.
  • Three women with the same name which lived in one street moved to different towns in one quater, two got married since then. The forwarding requests aren’t working at all, especially the television fee was requested from the remaining single twice.
  • a contract for a moblie phone couldn’t be accepted, because the regstration office failed at updating the first and second residence the right way. So a credit rating was not possible.

So always remember that it’s not the high tech stuff that you have to fear, but a lazy administration