New UK police powers allow computer hacking without a warrant

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New UK police powers to hack without a warrant

To the outrage of civil liberties groups and the government opposition, the UK Home Office has begun permitting police and MI5 officers to hack ("remote search") people's computers without their knowledge and without a court warrant. Information gleaned can then be shared with other European forces, in line with a shift in EU policy. The goal, as with all such moves, is to track down terrorists, paedophiles, and cybercriminals.

One method for stealth surveillance involves installing spyware on targetted individuals' computers, normally by sending people emails with infected attachments. This can, of course, be done from anywhere. Another method entails hacking directly into people's wifi networks from close range. A third involves law-enforcement officials breaking into people's homes and directly installing spyware, such as keyloggers, or attaching physical monitoring devices to their machines. Any material on such hacked computers would be admissible in court.

This situation is not unlike the controversial powers granted by President Bush to the National Security Agency (NSA) to tap people's communications without their knowledge and without a warrant. In the UK, all that would be needed to justify such an operation would be that an officer "must believe that... it is necessary to prevent or detect serious crime and [the] action is proportionate to what it seeks to achieve," according to ACPO (the Association of Chief Police Officers).

Shami Chakrabarti, head of the UK civil-liberties group Liberty, questions the legality of the practice, saying, "These are very intrusive powers--as intrusive as someone busting down your door and coming into your home. The public will want this to be controlled by new legislation and judicial authorisation. Without those safeguards it’s a devastating blow to any notion of personal privacy."

Source: Neowin

By this definition...

"...and [the] action is proportionate to what it seeks to achieve..."

Any action is proportionate because all it takes to hack into a PC is a couple of button clicks. What joy.
 

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so they can hack ANYONE's computer, and might as wel search coms for roms...


IM SO GLAD IM NOT IN TEH UK
 

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iPikachu said:
ComplicatioN said:
checking- is AUS PART OF UK?
isnt austrailia its own country 0_o
i am glad to hear those words
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ComplicatioN said:
iPikachu said:
ComplicatioN said:
checking- is AUS PART OF UK?
isnt austrailia its own country 0_o
i am glad to hear those words
wacko.gif

technically australia still belongs to the queen due to the fact australia is a monarchy. there have been pushes to turn australia into a republic in the past but all attempts have failed.
 

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mishra said:
ComplicatioN said:
iPikachu said:
ComplicatioN said:
checking- is AUS PART OF UK?
isnt austrailia its own country 0_o
i am glad to hear those words
wacko.gif

technically australia still belongs to the queen due to the fact australia is a monarchy. there have been pushes to turn australia into a republic in the past but all attempts have failed.
gah ill pretend i didn't read this
wacko.gif
 

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Just what the hell is going on over there?
There once was a time when I thought about moving to the UK one day. Fuck that.
Are they desperately trying to scare their folks out of the country?
 

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Your best way is burn them on DVDR and remove everything from HD and they wont find anything on your computer, that's simple.
 

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Vater Unser said:
Just what the hell is going on over there?
There once was a time when I thought about moving to the UK one day. Fuck that.
Are they desperately trying to scare their folks out of the country?

Moving to the UK? Are you mad young lad xD
 

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RockmanForte said:
Your best way is burn them on DVDR and remove everything from HD and they wont find anything on your computer, that's simple.
Not if they monitor your traffic.
 

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Sad, I feel bad for them who are in UK. Anyway, I never keep things on HD.. After I download things.. I just put them on DVDR right away and remove them from HD.
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I smell a movie that can contribute to this method to be highly recommend by Europe alone, thank you United States --;;
 
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