Internet activity ‘to be monitored’ under new laws

The London Daily Telegraph reports: “Under legislation expected in next month’s Queen’s Speech, internet companies will be instructed to install hardware enabling GCHQ – the Government’s electronic ‘listening’ agency – to examine ‘on demand’ any phone call made, text message and email sent, and website accessed in ‘real time’, The Sunday Times reported.

A previous attempt to introduce a similar law was abandoned by the former Labour government in 2006 in the face of fierce opposition.

However ministers believe it is essential that the police and security services have access to such communications data in order to tackle terrorism and protect the public.

Although GCHQ would not be able to access the content of such communications without a warrant, the legislation would enable it to trace people individuals or groups are in contact with, and how often and for how long they are in communication.

The Home Office confirmed that ministers were intending to legislate ‘as soon as parliamentary time allows’.

‘It is vital that police and security services are able to obtain communications data in certain circumstances to investigate serious crime and terrorism and to protect the public. We need to take action to maintain the continued availability of communications data as technology changes,’ a spokesman said…” (Big Brother is watching – Revelation 13:15 – 18.)

Official: FBI losing war on hackers

SpaceDaily.com reports: “America is losing the war against hackers, an executive assistant director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation says.

Shawn Henry, who is getting ready to leave the bureau after more than two decades with the law enforcement agency, says the United States is falling behind in the ongoing fight against cyber ne’er-do-wells, ZDNet.com reported.

‘I don’t see how we ever come out of this without changes in technology or changes in behavior, because with the status quo, it’s an unsustainable model,’ Henry told The Wall Street Journal. ‘Unsustainable in that you never get ahead, never become secure, never have a reasonable expectation of privacy or security.’

As hackers around the world increasingly target U.S. business and government Web sites, ‘we’re not winning,’ Henry said.

FBI agents are constantly finding data stolen from companies who are not even aware their networks had been hacked, he said…”