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Old 25th July, 2007, 04:57 PM
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Congress: P2P networks harm national security

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Congress: P2P networks harm national security
By Anne Broache
Staff Writer, CNET News.com
Published: July 24, 2007, 3:09 PM


WASHINGTON--Politicians charged on Tuesday that peer-to-peer networks can pose a "national security threat" because they enable federal employees to share sensitive or classified documents accidentally from their computers....Front Page
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Old 25th July, 2007, 05:23 PM
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Hold on. P2P networks are a security risk because they allow people to accidently share classified documents?

An example is provided "LimeWire on the home computer that her mother occasionally uses for telework--and misconfigured it in such a way that documents from the department and the National Archives were open to others using the network"

Why are people being allowed to use their own UNSECURED computers to handle sensitive material? Who knows what you'd find on the typical home computer? Trojans? Keyloggers?
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Sure sounds like a case of the cart before the horse to me.....of course we all know where this is REALLY coming from; the RIAA have finally come up with a way of linking illegal music swapping with National Security.

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Old 25th July, 2007, 06:43 PM
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More like, numpties pose a security threat.

If you leave your laptop in a car, and it becomes stolen, would you say that your car is to blame because the glass windows were breakable?
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If you listen to the Beattles...The Terrorists will win!
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I doubt he has the slightest thing in mind. These parasites are always talking about what they "are looking into". Usually they just give up and come out for" stiffer penalties!" than what ever it was we had/if we have them....":O}
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Sigh. These are the people we trust to weigh complex issues before crating our laws?! Excerpted below are some of the more choice quotes from the article.


At a hearing on the topic, Government Reform Committee Chairman Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) said, without offering details, that he is considering new laws aimed at addressing the problem. He said he was troubled by the possibility that foreign governments, terrorists or organized crime could gain access to documents that reveal national secrets.

Evidence that sensitive information is accessible through peer-to-peer networks illustrates "the importance of strengthening the laws and rules protecting personal information held by federal agencies" and other organizations, said Rep. Tom Davis (R-Va.)

Both Waxman and Rep. Paul Hodes (D-N.H.) dubbed P2P networks ongoing national security threats.

Waxman noted that he was not seeking to ban peer-to-peer networks this time around but rather to "achieve a balance that protects sensitive government, personal and corporate information and copyright laws."

Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) warned Gorton that Lime Wire's practices may open the company up to serious legal liability.

"Would it surprise you if you have a string of lawsuits for inherent defect in your product if people like Charlie Mueller of Missouri finds out he's lost his IRS filings and feels he's been damaged?" Issa asked.

The most scathing criticism came from Rep. Jim Cooper (D-Tenn.), who launched into a lengthy monologue in which he deemed Gorton "one of the most naive chairmen and CEOs I've ever run across," and accused his company of making the "skeleton keys" that grant access to material harmful to U.S. national security.

"I'd feel more than a shade of guilt at this point, having made the laptop a dangerous weapon against the security of the United States," Cooper said. "Mr. Gorton, you seem to lack imagination about how your product can be deliberately misused by evildoers against this country." (Cooper also, at one point, claimed that Gorton's own home computer was probably leaking sensitive documents.)
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Good God, I can't imagine that a gummint owned PC is permitted to P2P for anything. Surely they'd stop it before it "got out?" Our good pals at RIAA are at it again.
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It is unbelievable. At all the places I have worked, which have sensitive data, you would be shot on sight for installing any software at all. No one who wants to keep their job, would install anything on their work PC. In any case, they would have to bypass measures in place, e.g. no removable media drives are fitted.

On the odd occasion where I would need to take a large amount of data, to another location. I would have to copy the live data, and then write a little batch program to alter certain fields in the data. So, the test data I take away contains nothing which would be of use to fraudsters, etc.

It's not just filesharing which uses P2P. All kinds of software uses it now, for distributing updates, patches, new content, and so on. So, why single out sites like Limewire?
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"So, why single out sites like Limewire?"
First someone pays them to hassle Lime wire... then Limewire gets smart and pays them not to...this is a fund raising exercise for congress...nothing more...
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