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New UK law allows Police to hack into users' PC's

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  1. themagician

    themagician Regular Member

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    The power of anti piracy organizations is constantly growing and latest news from Great Britain sounds somehow scary: The Home Office has quietly adopted a new plan to allow police across Britain routinely to hack into people?s personal computers without a warrant. The move, which follows a decision by the European Union?s council of ministers in Brussels, has angered civil liberties groups and opposition MPs. They described it as a sinister extension of the surveillance state which drives ?a coach and horses? through privacy laws. The hacking is known as ?remote searching?. It allows police or MI5 officers who may be hundreds of miles away to examine covertly the hard drive of someone?s PC at his home, office or hotel room. Material gathered in this way includes the content of all e-mails, web-browsing habits and instant messaging.


    Under the Brussels edict, police across the EU have been given the green light to expand the implementation of a rarely used power involving warrantless intrusive surveillance of private property. The strategy will allow French, German and other EU forces to ask British officers to hack into someone?s UK computer and pass over any material gleaned. A remote search can be granted if a senior officer says he ?believes? that it is ?proportionate? and necessary to prevent or detect serious crime ? defined as any offence attracting a jail sentence of more than three years. The authorities could break into a suspect?s home or office and insert a ?key-logging? device into an individual?s computer. This would collect and, if necessary, transmit details of all the suspect?s keystrokes. The Home Office said it was working with other EU states to develop details of the proposals.

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  2. aмillionaírе

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    Oh Gosh this is truly scary. I feel extremely sad for the UK people, this is why I moved out of Europe a long time ago... scary thing...you can't even have privacy online. I never thought someone would have to worry about what they express on the internet in a first world nation, anyway. Good luck!
     
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    lol WTF. That's bullshit. Now I need to carry my laptop 24/7 and sleep with it too.
     
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    this is shit.good that i dont live in Europe.
    if this is implemented it will suck.
    now you will have to monitor even what u say online.
     
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    Local Authorities also have many powers under RIPA...it's not just confined to the Police....
     
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    one thing i forgot,u guys may get into problem for accessing blackhatworld.

    because authorities may think it is scamming site or something.they dont have much brains do they?
     
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    It wouldn't surprise me in the slightest to discover this site was monitored...
     
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    WOW.

    Thank God I don't live anywhere near the UK (no offense to those who do) but this is truly a horrible move from your government.
     
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    Just wondering how would they gain access to a remote pc?. i.e making a user download a file?
     
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    l stopped worring about being hacked by the government a long time ago after they went and put a chip in the rubbish bins do you realise how many staff they need to moniter all the crap they collect and most of it is rubbish
     
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    No idea, or they could take advantage of users not keeping upp with security patchs/firewalls etc.
     
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    seems like the new world order is starting to come in effect all the other unions going to follow in their footsteps next if its no already happening as we speak those evil mother fuckers :(
     
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    They will break into your property and install a key logger...or...

     
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    hello - i know there is a Trojan Living Inside my computer.

    So what you see is only what you think you see!


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    Hopefully nothing I do is worthy of 3 years in the slammer :(
     
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    they'd have to install something onto your machines in the first place, so i find this threat is going to be very hard to implement. And hacking Wifi...... someone's shown they can hack the latest WPA2 encryption, by using lots of Nvida chips from graphic cards to speed up the process, but i believe this is only one way traffic that can be sniffed. So unless the police have hired uber hardware geeks that know what they're doing i wouldnt be worried ! lol

    Here's a little snippet i found about it

    "Brute force decryption of the WPA and WPA2 systems using parallel processing has been on the theoretical possibilities horizon for some time - and presumably employed by relevant government agencies in extreme situations - but the use of the latest NVidia cards to speedup decryption on a standard PC is extremely worrying."

    All i can say is thank god im fooking off from the UK to live in Oz within the next couple of years!
     
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    on noez. jaqui smiths gonna p00n me. :(
     
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    The NSA has been secretly doing this in the United States for years. Although it is very surprising to see how bold and openly the Home Office is now going about this in the UK.
     
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    lol this is illegal there are laws about doing this lol

    And it will end in more calms against the police I can see the head lines now

    UK Police trash millions of PC?s
    Around the country when a real virus was sent by mistake
    All the city londons banking records lost blah blah blah

    would have to happen
     
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    Exactly.

    And at best if you search around some of these us govt report sites you will see that most of the data collected is junk, but in order for someone to get caught they put in place algorithms that will group certain types of programs/files/file names ect which will then raise the flags.

    The sad part is most of the time when they do make a hit , the person has nothing to do with what was reported to them by the algorithm. Nice waste of taxpayer money.


    Then over here in the states you have the issue of Senate Bill 1959 ... Which is a whole other story.


    edit: A few different govt's around the world also has a device (built by microsoft) . It looks like a thumbdrive. But they stick it in your computer and they will get everything they need in a few min. This is because so many times they took computers away and to a lab to test against the so called criminal to only find there is nothing they were looking for. But with this device they just put it in where the system is hookedup in order to see if it does what they think, but only on the set home network.

    Crazy times only to get more crazy.
     
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