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The Indian city of Mumbai hopes to fight terrorism by installing keyloggers

All Internet cafes in the Indian city of Mumbai will have police-sanctioned key-logger software installed on their machines to help combat terrorism.  With a population of 13 million residents, cafe owners only in the city of Mumbai will be forced to install the software.

All cafe owners will be forced to register and receive a city license from police headquarters, reveal the number of PCs located in the location and Internet protocol (IP) addresses for all of the PCs.  Any cafe owners who do not register can be fined, with harsher punishments possible.

The announcement follows bombings in Hyderabad and Mumbai that were reportedly organized in Internet cafes.

"The police needs to install programs that will capture every key stroke at regular interval screen shots, which will be sent back to a server that will log all the data," said Vijay Mukhi, India Foundation for Information Security and Technology president.  "The police can then keep track of all communication between terrorists no matter which part of the world they operate from. This is the only way to patrol the net and this is how the police informer is going to look in the e-age," he added.

Privacy experts and bloggers around the world point out different methods criminals can use to remain anonymous.  A CNET blog indicates the use of proxy servers and Tor could be two potentially popular methods to get around the keyloggers.

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The Terror Attacks Conspiracy
By LogicallyGenius on 9/11/2007 1:33:38 PM , Rating: -1

How are they going to stop those terrorists chatting using private peer to peer chat programs ????????????

This is nothing but using terrorism to curb freedom that has made ACTIVISM a real deal and democracy into a participatory one. These Terror attacks are nothing but world wide illuminati attempt to put back the Genie into the bottel ie. Internet. First attack and then create new rules to curb freedom, the real terrorist are the politicians and those dogs wagging their tails to the illuminati.

RE: The Terror Attacks Conspiracy
By mdogs444 on 9/11/07, Rating: 0
RE: The Terror Attacks Conspiracy
By psychmike on 9/11/2007 2:37:13 PM , Rating: 4
They are curbing freedom. They are mandating that private owners of internet cafes install keylogging programs. Please see my post above.

I agree with you however that one's expectations of privacy depends on the context in which the activity is happening. In Canada, it's much easier for the police to stop you while driving and to ask you questions versus walking down the street because there is no 'right' to drive - it's an activity that's explicitly regulated by the government.


By FangedRabbit on 9/12/2007 11:36:01 AM , Rating: 2
This is just another law for a business to adhere to, it makes no difference whether it is truely public like a library, or privately owned in a cafe. Here in Oregon, by law, the grocery stores can't sell liquor and the bars must sell food. It is very common for state and federal law to control how business is done.

RE: The Terror Attacks Conspiracy
By kextyn on 9/11/2007 3:30:25 PM , Rating: 2
There's a difference between monitoring usage and logging every keystroke you make. Any site you log into they will have your password for. That's a HUGE invasion of privacy.

RE: The Terror Attacks Conspiracy
By Christopher1 on 9/12/2007 2:31:48 AM , Rating: 2
I have to agree. What if someone has their credit card number stolen because of this? That would put a damper on this quite quick, because the government would be responsible for paying some of the damages.

By FangedRabbit on 9/12/2007 11:38:59 AM , Rating: 2
No it wouldn't, because you shouldn't be putting your credit card information through a public computer. They would just say "Here's your sign", now don't do it again.

RE: The Terror Attacks Conspiracy
By hashish2020 on 9/11/2007 2:02:37 PM , Rating: 2
How's that tinfoil hat fitting you---a little too snugly?

So the 7/7 attacks, the 9/11 attacks, the hundreds of bombs being set off in India each year are the Illuminati?


Whatever strain of Jimson weed you are smoking...keep smoking it, but refrain from public discourse.

RE: The Terror Attacks Conspiracy
By hashish2020 on 9/11/2007 2:05:16 PM , Rating: 1
Oh and I'm sure the communists who are part of the ruling coalition in India would really love to know they are part of a Bavarian Secret Society.

Or that you read and believed the veracity of the Protocols of the Elders of Zion.

Fucking crackpot.

RE: The Terror Attacks Conspiracy
By luhar49 on 9/11/2007 2:59:12 PM , Rating: 1
I find it rather amusing that you accuse others of posting 'under the influence' when your nickname itself is rather intoxicating :-)


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A purified resin prepared from the flowering tops of the female cannabis plant and smoked or chewed as a narcotic or an intoxicant.

RE: The Terror Attacks Conspiracy
By deeznuts on 9/11/07, Rating: -1
RE: The Terror Attacks Conspiracy
By achintya on 9/12/2007 7:33:58 AM , Rating: 2
erm, i think that keyloggers record each and every keystroke in a computer, be it in a browser or a game.. so using private p2p chat programs doesnt make any difference. Your keystrokes still get recorded. And therefore so does your conversation....

RE: The Terror Attacks Conspiracy
By leexgx on 9/12/2007 7:30:28 PM , Rating: 2
thing is now thay Told every one that Pubic computers are now keyloged , the users thay are targeting will no longer use Public computers any more how daft is that

now thay just find an Open router some whare and work of that or use modem to get internet

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