The Null Device
Cringely's paranoid (though not necessarily unjustifiably so)
about the FBI's "Carnivore" email tapping system. Not sure whether the
FBI shutting down the Internet in this way makes sense, but isn't it
reassuring that private concerns can do the same thing as Carnivore is alleged
to do merely by renting rack space; think, for example, of all the data
harvesters high-end detective agencies have colocated, tracking troublemakers
for wealthy clients, or boxes run by the Russian Mafia, designed by ex-KGB
crypto wizards... you get the drift.
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