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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: and who's fighting the invasion of privacy?
By psychmike on 9/11/2007 2:23:36 PM , Rating: 5
Internet cafes don't use public computers, they use privately owned computers rented out to the public. There's a world of difference between entering into a contract with someone who stipulates their own conditions for use verses a government imposing their restrictions.

I don't buy the arguement that only people who have something to hide should be afraid of scrutiny. There are many things that I do that I do not want others to see or know about because they are silly, embaressing, meant just for others close to me, etc. The onus should be on those who want to violate my privacy to demonstrate to the courts through a warrant application why my rights should be curtailed.

I'm sure casting a really wide net will curtail terrorist activity. Hell, it may even cut down on other offenses like drug distribution, kiddie porn, etc. Asking people to provide ID for walking on the street will probably stop a lot of crime too. I wouldn't have anything to hide there either but there is something very dangerous about the state treating its citizens as potential enemies. It often leads to the belief by those in power that their interests are the same as the state's interests and that anyone who disagrees is a terrorist / criminal / fool. Dissent is healthy and necessary in a democracy and this does nothing to encourage open and free speech.


By PrinceGaz on 9/12/2007 10:12:08 AM , Rating: 2
Exactly. Would anyone here ever use a computer in a library or internet-cafe to buy something online, entering their personal credit-card details. Anyone? Nobody with any sense would anyway.

I personally feel that when using such computers, it is best to assume key-logging and similar software may well be installed, and never enter personal information on them.

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