Thursday, June 25, 2009

The bogeyman is coming to get us...

"I'm a right scarey bastard, by the way"

Once again, another 'bogeyman' excuse is being used by the government in it's ambition to oversee and control absolutely everything in our lives.

A 'cyber war threat' against Britain is the latest bullshit spouted by some Minister or other.

Not content with controlling the Main Stream Media, it seems they want to get their grubby paws on the interweb too. And to control it, which means controlling us.

Former 'naughty boys' are to be recruited by GCHQ as they are the experts, apparently,

Lord West said Britain was also developing the capability to strike back against hackers by recruiting former hackers at GCHQ.

"It would be silly to say that we don't have any capability to do offensive work from Cheltenham," he said.

GCHQ had not employed any "ultra, ultra criminals" he added, but he said they needed the expertise of former "naughty boys.”

"You need youngsters who are deep into this stuff," he said. "If they have been slightly naughty boys, very often they really enjoy stopping other naughty boys."

Lord West said the terrorists' capability to launch attacks was something he believed will develop in future.

"We know terrorists use the internet for radicalisation and things like that at the moment, but there is a fear they will move down that path (of cyber attacks).

"As their ability to use the web and the net grows, there will be more opportunity for these attacks."

They never tire of trying to scare/mislead us all, do they.



Anonymous said...

Looks like a great opportunity to enlist gary mackinnon. I'm sure the yanks would understand.

Shibby said...

The 'mericans have done the same thing, hiring ex-fraudsters/hackers/social engineers for their own means.

In some ways it's a good thing, but in this case it's just the government flexing their fingers of totalitarianism.

Barking Spider said...

I wonder what else they'll be tasked with looking into - blogging, perhaps? I would not be surprised by anything this totalitarian government does anymore!

Faux Cu said...

What the fuck is that photo all about?

Rab C. Nesbitt said...

I googled boogeyman pics and I liked that one!

Gigits said...

It's sort of like "The Dirty Dozen", but with bespectacled nerds instead of hardened criminals.

North Northwester said...

Set a Geek to catch a Geek.

Accidentally good policy, I'd guess.

Mark Wadsworth said...

As Anon says, this'd be a good reason to keep Gary McK here (and tell the Yanks to fuck off).

But your basic point stands - an authoritarian government needs to continually generate a climate of fear - of what is irrelevant, actually.

Anonymous said...

It's the first step into evading privacy. Start with the threat of terrorism, then worm your way through everything that has a negative impact on you.

That means bloggers.

Conan the Librarian™ said...

Beware geeks bearing GIFs.