Stolen account information as a commodity

This came on the news this weekend:
Stolen account data from a bank in Switzerland are for sale for 2.5 million euros. German state says that it is considering a purchase, when calculating the opportunity to access 100 million in tax liabilities. Germany has previously made a similar deal with good profit back in 2008.

It all feels a little sad when it leads to the legitimizing this type of trade in personal data. Data that has been aquired through breaking the law (hacking).

Read all about it here

Anti-grooming law in Sweden

Seems that I was sleeping July 2009 when this law was passed here in Sweden. I have been watching it’s progress with interest since 2006. Now it is big news on the Swedish radio. It has taken a long time since inception for it to become a law. This type of law is already found in the UK, in the U.S., and in Australia. There could be other countries where such a law exists too of which I am not aware of.

For example in the UK proving that a child is being ‘groomed’ online and thus at risk in a court of law was impossible before 2003 in the UK unless some physical action was taken by the paedophile to meet the child and that the abuser was carrying sufficient evidence implying that sexual abuse would occur, e.g. condoms. In the UK the Amendments to the Sexual Offences Act 2003 (s.15) often referred to as the ‘antigrooming bill’ corrected this discrepancy. This act makes new provisions about sexual offences, their prevention and the protection of children from harm, sexual acts and connected purposes.

So back to Sweden. It has become big news because of the criticism that is being thrown at this new law. The law is ineffective. The maximum penalty for an offender is either a fine or a maximum of one year in prison which means that prosecutors and police are not allowed to request critical information from telecoms. The crime is not considered as serious.