There Are No Secrets

Let's be honest, as long as someone inside the UK Foreign Office is leaking confidential memos to the Cryptome Web site, it is an entirely futile exercise for the Government to request that the Sunday Times, which keeps popping on to the Web to read the latest revelations, doesn't print the source of its information.

It hardly takes a degree in computer science to track down the offending Web site via one of the large search engines and in this case, it was a Foreign & Commonwealth Office report on the visit to the UK by Sergei Ivanov, the man on the right in the photograph; another retired secret agent described as "Putin's closest adviser".

What was as interesting as the discussion on Chechnya and Iran was the Russian view on 'Infomation Security'.

If I find myself in a Police cell over Xmas, then you now know why but according to the contents of the memo on Cryptome's US Web site, conveniently out of the reach of the UK courts:

"Chernov, one of Ivanov's staff at the PUS' dinner launched a diatribe about the threat which the internet and an "uncontrolled information space" posed to world security. He depicted the internet as the major global threat over the next 5-10 years. But Ivanov added that current Russian legislation on the media was one of the most liberal in the world"

If the the UK can't prevent confidential government memos leaking on to the Internet then one can understand the harder-line Russian view of the challenges surrounding Internet security. I rather suspect, that as a consequence of such problems, Microsoft's plans the for forthcoming 'Palladium', cryptographic security platform ( see Trusted Computing Platform Alliance TCPA) will be rather more popular with some Governments than we might have first suspected.


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