The US Government - Friend of Phreakers, Hackers, Spammers, and Terrorists
If you force the telcos to build in complex technology that let's you selectively, and at will, intercept the communications of anyone you feel like, the phreakers will learn how to exploit it for themselves.
If you force ISPs and businesses to consolidate records of all transactions, all sites surfed, and all emails sent, hackers will break the databases, sell the information to spammers, and then...well...you ain't seen nothing yet phishing-wise.
If you build in all these centralized vulnerabilities and the hackers have learned how to exploit them, their methods will be available to terrorists, and you know what happens then?
it's all about the $$$$.
Knowing these amoral crackpots, they'll toss money at them, terrorist background or not. If they have a useful skill, they won't care.
Randal... Right you are. Centralized vulnerabilities are the surest way for some really bad attacks to be executed against our infrastructure.
Robert... I'm honored. I'll put up a post about the awards presently.
Ahh Deb, you know that I'm a huge BG fan. So, at the risk of being a whore for promoting my own content: Here's what Blognonymous had to say on the subject of Cylons and our infrastructure.
The really unfortunate thing is that there will be no revolution in the real world. At least not in my lifetime.
Having been a spy, phreaker, a hacker and a telco employee I don't even have to imagine.
The only element in the equation that actually worries me is the government - not the criminals or terrorists.
1138... I don't know, profit is a powerful motive. Though, I guess it wouldn't really be fair to say that a lot of what Bus$Co does isn't to line t heir pockets.
I worked for an FFRDC (Federal Funded Research and Development Corporation) back in the 90s and know from personal experience that they have some very, Very smart people working for them.