Autumn has arrived in Sweden

You know I have not been posting so much lately…. I guess it’s because I am waiting for my first book to be published. I use my blog for my research, and at the moment I’m not doing any. I guess I should, you know for my next book. Anyhow instead I am walking in the Swedish mountains. Taking time-out, and it feels sort of nice to disconnect from society and its demands. In Sweden I made many friends during my short weekend in the mountains 🙂

Hacker to be extradited to the U.S.

Hacker Gary McKinnon to be extradite to the U.S. His appeal against an extradition order in 2006 has failed.

McKinnon claimed “I could scan 65 000 machines in less than nine minutes,” McKinnon said.McKinnon unearthed unprotected computer systems operated by the US army, the navy, the Pentagon and NASA. On every system he hacked, he left messages. “It was frightening because they had little or no security,” he told the newspaper. “I was always leaving messages on the desktop saying, ‘your security is really crap’.” Read more…

3000 passports gone walkies in Manchester, UK

The three thousand passports and visas were taken from a security van in Manchester as they were being transported to RAF Northolt in order to be delivered to embassies overseas.
“They can be used by putting in biographical information of your own, not necessarily getting the chip information right, and…you can use them to open up bank accounts or actually get employment,” explained an ex-Scotland Yard fraud officer, Tom Craig. Read more…

Electronic System for Travel Authorization to the U.S.

ESTA is an automated system used to determine the eligibility of visitors to travel to the United States under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) and whether such travel poses any law enforcement or security risk. It is expected that the the implementation of the mandatory ESTA requirements to become effective on Jan. 12, 2009.
International travelers are already familiar with security measures that are necessary to protect travelers and crew. ESTA adds another layer of security that allows DHS to determine, in advance of travel, whether an individual is eligible to travel to the United States under the VWP and whether such travel poses a law enforcement or security risk. Read more…

Google’s street view is ok according to U.K. Information Commissioner

The U.K. Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has deemed Google’s Street View service permissible. Google’s controversial Street View service – which will offer ground-level pictures of every UK street online – can finally be launched in Britain, after a privacy watchdog said it had no complaints about the service.

Chinese wire-tapping during Olympic Games

Interesting, despite their promise to provide an environment free of government censorship, the Chinese government will monitor the Internet activity of guests staying at foreign-owned hotels during the Beijing Olympics. InformationWeek reports that the government has ordered these hotels to install software and hardware so that the Public Security Bureau may monitor guests’ activity. Chinese authorities said the monitoring is necessary in order to ensure the smooth opening of the Olympic Games and to safeguard the security of the Internet network and the information thereon. Read more….