Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Web filters threaten national security

Australia: "Internet heavyweights have attacked the federal government's Internet content filtering plans and claimed it opens vulnerabilities that could threaten national security.

"Renowned security experts reproached the Australian government for pushing ahead with the national clean-feed Internet scheme. They say a nation-wide Internet filtering is both technically infeasible and morally reprehensible, and have called on the public to disrupt the government's plans if they are actioned after the current trials.

"National cyber-security received a significant boost under the government's $300 billion Defence White Paper. Security researcher Dan Kaminsky, famous for revealing the DNS Cache-poisoning attack and extent of infection from Sony's obfuscated rootkit, said the filters open a security hole which has been used to cripple entire ISP networks .."

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