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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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RE: The Terror Attacks Conspiracy
By mdogs444 on 9/11/2007 1:43:42 PM , Rating: 0
They are not curbing freadom. These are public computers - like what you would find in a local library. They should absolutely be monitored. You do not own the computer, the connection, the line, etc.

If this was happening on private computers in your home, then thats another story.

But on this specific article, you need to take a step back & open your eyes.

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.

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