As important as it is, the announcement that Google and Microsoft are trying to stop searches for child pornography overshadows a perhaps more important endeavour in which UK and US law enforcement are going to go hunting on the deep web for predators. This is a welcome move and one that emphasises the need for Facebook protection for children.
This is the Internet era, no doubt about it: general public meets infinite variety of information via countless virtual channels. World Wide Web pages, e-mail, online shopping, and virtual chat rooms bring Internet users together (and help set them apart) in technology-mediated interactions and communication.
The concept of ‘sensitive information’ has a lot of different deﬁnitions, most of them being parts of the laws and regulations of different countries. To sum these deﬁnitions up, information is considered to be sensitive if the loss of its conﬁdentiality or availability has severely undesirable effects on organizations or individuals.
Last week the FBI arrested the founder of the notorious Silk Road web site that traded in illegal drugs. It was a coup for law enforcement but one that will be short lived. Other sites will just step in and take its place.
Hijacking hackers re-route traffic for antivirus software and Internet security websites to a pro-Palestinian political website that belts out a particularly fervent rendition of the Palestinian national anthem.