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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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By radializer on 9/13/2007 4:44:09 AM , Rating: 2
If you look at the source article in the Mid-Day newspaper that this DT article, the CNET blog as well as the Ars Technica article refer to (link below), the main thrust of the police seems to be the use of software remote monitoring. They speak of a locally produced software (by a company in New Bombay or Navi Mumbai called Micro Technologies) called CARMS [Cyber Access Remote Monitoring System]. CARMS would monitor web browsing, file transfers, news, chats, messaging and e-mail, including all encrypted attachments and can also be used to restrict user or group access to only approved external and internal sites. So it's definitely not just keylogging and screen captures ... it has the potential to be much more intrusive!

Additionally, all cyber cafes in the city would need a police license to keep their business going and would need to provide details on the number of computers installed, type of computers and the IP of each machine. This part of it sounds reasonable ... I'm surprised this wasn't already a requirement to setup shop. I am not aware of the policies in most countries for Internet Cafes ... is it standard (or even reasonable) to ask for LAN info during setup?

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