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on December 1, 2000
I recommend this book totally. Everyone should read it. We can send video back from Pluto, yet Americans imagine that telephony can't be used against them. We have a culture of denial that assumes technology is benign and that no one wants to use it against us. We are somewhat willing to distrust computer security because computers are recent additions to our life. We aren't at all willing to distrust our phones. They keep us connected. Our lives revolve around them. They are the guardians of our secrets. And, after all, the fear of wiretapping laws deters the crime...
Americans need to face the reality of the techology arrayed in this book, and stop believing this kind is harassment is rare. We need books like this to tell us this equipment is not sci-fi. It's cheap, easily available, and easy to use. It's use is not limited to three-letter agencies. It's in the basements of neighbors and co-workers. Radio technology is easier to learn than hacking, which we take seriously, and cheaper to implement. It's even more innocuous. Any people who are worried about internet safety should think about it first.
We think electronic voyeurism is rare. We just don't know we're victims. It's a crime commited in secret without obvious clues...but that doesn't make it harmless. The same technophiles who sit alone in a room violating your privacy with a computer are very likely to hook a scanner to it...
I enjoyed Mr. Shannon's heart-felt discussion of escalating Federal wiretapping/eavesdropping laws. I believe he would agree that only personal awareness and consumer-driven demands for increased privacy will supply safer technology. Agencies at any level aren't often willing to protect average individuals from invasion. Increased Federal "protection" will take our chance to protect ourselves away.
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on April 28, 2000
This is one of the few books I really can say answered all my expections... Great technical details, yet in plain english... ENJOY!
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