[svlug] France and Lebanon (was: France.)

Ehud Kaldor ehud.kaldor at gmail.com
Tue Nov 17 19:03:55 PST 2015


Amen. In the recent events in Israel, attacked used screwdrivers and a
vegetable peeler. You can also kill someone with a pencil in the eye. ..

On Tue, Nov 17, 2015, 14:23 Rick Moen <rick at linuxmafia.com> wrote:

> Quoting Michael C. Robinson (plug_1 at robinson-west.com):
>
> > This isn't Linux specific, but prayers offered for the French after the
> > attack on Paris.
>
> Beirut is also in mourning.
>
> http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/nov/17/adel-termos-martyr-father-became-saviour-beirut-bombings
>
> > The terrorists apparently used Sony Playstation 4 and secure DES
> > encryption to communicate in a way that intelligence could not pick
> > up.
>
> Nope.
> http://mashable.com/2015/11/16/isis-playstation-paris-attacks
>
> http://www.theverge.com/2015/11/16/9745216/playstation-4-paris-attacks-reporting-error
>
>   There's only one problem: the interview took place [link] three days
>   before the Paris attacks. The Forbes reporter who championed the
>   PlayStation connection, including new details about a PlayStation 4
>   being found at an attacker's apartment, has now admitted to Kotaku
>   that he got the story wrong [link], entirely inventing the discovery
>   of the console at the attacker's apartment. That leaves us with no
>   evidence linking the PlayStation 4 or Sony networks to the Paris attacks.
>
> Ah, I see.  A cynic might nurse nasty suspicions about who floated that
> rumour, and why.
>
> However, suppose the young hoodlums representing Daesh did.  After all,
> strong crypto has been a basic fact of life all over the world for about
> 20 years even among the less technically adept.
>
> Any technology can be abused.  But we don't ban eyeglasses (or put
> legally mandated backdoors into them) because some embezzlers wear them.
>
> > I'm not a strong advocate of having back doors on encryption, but how
> > can this terrible abuse of technology be combatted?
>
> Good basic police work, would be a start.  Information coming out of
> Belgium and France is suggesting deficiencies in that area, and I'm sure
> more will slowly dribble out.
>
> And also, in the end, perfect safety is an illusion, and ironically a
> dangerous one.
>
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