It seems India are getting serious about terrorist activities being co-ordinated via the Internet, they are starting to run extremely deep surveillance on many cyber-cafes in Mumbai.
The solution appears to be some kind of ‘legal’ trojan system that will collect logs and send them to the police
The Mumbai police will soon have khabris deployed (not physically) at over 500 cyber cafes in the city. A new software will allows cops to swoop down on terrorists the moment a keystroke is pressed at any cyber café across the city.
Investigations into the recent Hyderabad and Mumbai blasts have revealed that the planning was done using the Internet especially, chat rooms.
In fact, it is a well-known fact that terrorists all over the world do not use paper and pen or the phone to communicate. Everywhere, all over the world, it’s the net.
It seems to be fairly basic, key stroke logging and time lapsed screenshots fed back to a main server. There doesn’t seem to be any clever analysis going on, perhaps a few thousand Indian programmers will be sifting through the screenshots to identify anything dodgy amongst all the Telegu Karaoke videos and Punjabi Porn.
Vijay Mukhi, President of the Foundation for Information Security and Technology says, “The terrorists know that if they use machines at home, they can be caught. Cybercafes therefore give them anonymity.”
“The police needs to install programs that will capture every key stroke at regular interval screen shots, which will be sent back to a server that will log all the data.
The police can then keep track of all communication between terrorists no matter, which part of the world they operate from.This is the only way to patrol the net and this is how the police informer is going to look in the e-age,” added Mukhi.
Is it a privacy concern? Well yeah I guess it is, but then who conducts anything important from a cyber-cafe anyway?
All you need to do is find an un-encrypted wifi point…