Image via Wikipedia…. and think about it the next time you take your laptop through
I admit that many PDAs aren’t really that comprehensive, don’t really store much above names and numbers, but there is a awful lot of information on my Newton. The X1 looks like it will be a small laptop.
But then, depending on your job and working tools, there is a lot of ‘portable electronics’ hat can easily go missing. My voice recorder is about the size of a pen and has many interviews and notes. Their value to someone else (aka espionage) is small, but their loss would impact me.
However, lets be realistic. I’ve never lost or misplaced the recorder or my laptop or my Newton. I have lost my house and car keys on a number of occasions.
BlackBerry maker Research In Motion (NSDQ: RIMM) told the Indian
government Monday that lowering the encryption level of its smartphones’
services will not solve the country’s security concerns because there
are other companies offering similar systems.
I won’t even go into matters such as sending telegrams or conventional phone calls with code phrases, and other techniques that proved efficacious in the first half of the 20th century and prior to that.
Officials in New Delhi said they were concerned that because these
e-mails couldn’t be intercepted, militants could be using BlackBerry
services to coordinate terrorist attacks.
I doubt it. Its more likely that the value of business communications to the economy outweighs the risk of terrorists remaining undetected and using modern technology to communicate.
As the article goes on to say …
But during a presentation to India’s Department of Telecommunications,
RIM pointed to four other mobile e-mail systems in the country —
Windows Mobile ActiveSync, Nokia Intellisync, Motorola’s Good, and Seven
Networks — that utilize similar encryption.Because these other services are widely available, RIM contends that the government would have to also take actions against those companies
instead of singling out RIM.
Quite so. And it would have to ban and take enforcing action to deal with other forms of secure communication. And lets face it, the cold war showed that wasn’t feasible.
Do we have another example of governments emphasising ELINT when they should be developing HUMINT?
Of course you idea of “strong” may differ from his.