[funsec] MI5: Internet Phone Services a Risk to National Security
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Thu Jan 8 23:45:19 CST 2009
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Via Computerworld UK.
Internet telephone services pose a serious threat to Britain's security,
the head of MI5 has said.
The danger with online calls, said spy chief Jonathan Evans, was that they
do not result in telephone bills, which are key evidence documents in
prosecutions. This meant it would be much easier for terrorists to make the
calls and eventually escape prosecution if they are tried for criminal
In an interview with the media yesterday, Evans, director general at MI5
since 2007, said online phone calls posed a "significant detriment to
national security" by enabling terrorists to communicate with less risk.
Evans lent his support to the government's planned database of every
phone call, internet use and email in the UK, saying that it was important
the security agencies could access this information.
"If we are to maintain our capability we are going to have to make
decisions [on powers to intercept communications] in the next few years,"
he was reported as saying, in the Daily Telegraph. "Because traditional
ways are unlikely to work."
- - ferg
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"Fergie", a.k.a. Paul Ferguson
Engineering Architecture for the Internet
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