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Subject: Eurocops want seven-year retention of all phone, Net traffic

Civil liberties publication Statewatch claims to have obtained leaked
documents from the Council of the European Union (the 15 EU
governments), which recommend the long-term retention of "every phone
call, every mobile phone call, every fax, every e-mail, every website's
contents, all internet usage, from anywhere, by everyone, to be
recorded, archived and be accessible for at least seven years."

See http://www.statewatch.org/soseurope.htm . 

It gets scarier!

The law enforcement agencies, argues the proposal, must have access to
"user addresses, equipment identities, user name/passwords, port
identities, mail addresses etc" The agencies are also to be provided
with "the full name of the person (company), the residential address and
credit card details."


Cyber vandals hit DISA sites In a two-day rampage against U.S. 
government Web sites, a group of cyber vandals dubbed PoizonB0x,
attacked two sites maintained by the Defense Information Systems Agency,
the organization tasked with defending military networks.  The attacks,
which included the two Defense Department sites and nine U.S. 
government sites, were conducted May 24 and 25.  The group also
participated in an apparent multi-group attack on California state
sites.  In a terse confirmation of the attack, a DISA spokeswoman
replied, "Yes, two Defense Enterprise Computing Center publicly
accessible Web sites were defaced.  The group claiming responsibility
was PoisonB0x." She added that no classified networks were infiltrated
and that other than the defacements, no harm was done. 

Intruders crack open-source site Open-source development site
SourceForge.net acknowledged Tuesday that an Internet intruder cracked
its digital security.  "This week, one of our systems was compromised,"
said an e-mail message from the company received by some developers who
use the site.  "We have promptly taken the necessary steps to correct
this situation." SourceForge is a network of sites that hosts more than
21,000 open- source development projects, giving developers the tools
necessary to update different versions of the code and allowing people
to easily search the database of projects. 

E-mail users warned over spy network Computer users across Europe should
encrypt all their e-mails, to avoid being spied on by a UK-US
eavesdropping network, say Euro-MPs.  The tentacles of the Echelon
network stretch so far that the UK's involvement could constitute a
breach of human rights, they say.  The Euro-MPs have been studying
Echelon for almost a year, after allegations that it has been used by
the US to commit industrial espionage against European firms.  They
conclude that Echelon - whose existence is not officially acknowledged -
is reading millions of e-mails and faxes sent every day by ordinary

Report Assesses NSA Network A temporary investigative committee of the
European Parliament has concluded in a draft report that the National
Security Agency's global eavesdropping operations are not adequately
monitored by member nations of the European Union and could be violating
the privacy rights of Europeans.  But the May 18 draft, which now goes
to the full parliament for review, contains a realistic assessment of
the NSA's eavesdropping capabilities that should go a long way toward
countering much of the hyperbole that has surrounded the issue in Europe
over the past four years.  http://www.newsbytes.com/news/01/166212.html

How to spot Echelon listening stations
Trends in High-Tech Spying

Fears of a Website Inquisition Proposed legislation in Spain to regulate
Internet activity has enraged libertarians who say the measure would
squelch free speech.  The "Law of Information Society Services and
Electronic Commerce" (known by its Spanish acronym LSSI) would force
websites to register with the government and require Web hosting
companies to police content by reporting suspected illicit activity. 
Failure to obey the rules would generate fines of up to 175,000 Euros

Faint Voices Rise From Cuba They call themselves ciberdisidentes --
cyber dissidents.  They are Cuban journalists who risk harassment and
prison to publish independent news accounts on the Internet -- a medium
that few of them have even seen.  More than 100 independent reporters
defy Castro's regime by filing their articles on overseas websites,
giving the world a glimpse into the harsh reality of the communist

$1 billion lawsuit for world's first Jail-cam The world's first Jail Web
cams - installed and hyped by the living embodiment of James Bond
sheriff J.W.  Pepper, Joe Arpaio - is at the end of a $1.38 billion
lawsuit.  It was filed on Friday at Maricopa County Superior Court and
concerns the various Web cams installed in the local jail available on
the Crime.com site.  The cams have been a great success - millions have
viewed people being booked and locked up and pictures from them have
even been used in adverts.  Ole Joe reckons the cameras stop people
behaving badly.  Although, if it did have that effect, Joe would make
far less money.

Two more military sites taken!!! The US military is facing a grave
situation.  But really, which is worse? The fact that the US military is
being targeted or the fact that one of the most computer savvy
countries, with apparently the world's greatest military does not have
sufficient security to protect its citizens.  Either way this is a very
serious issue.  Bush better crack of few whips or his army will soon
become a mockery.  Interestingly, as rumor has it, the US military has
been putting pressure on Alldas.de, a defacement mirror site, to quit
showing .mil defacements.  Their ip is currently being filtered to so
that .mil top domains cannot be reached.  As of May 23 the site held 79
military defacements.  While we can understand the military would like
to be spared the embarrassment of admitting they cannot properly secure
their sites, perhaps more efforts should be made to prevent intrusions. 
After all, so far these defacements appear to be benign, but next time
they may not be so lucky. 


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