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Kaspersky CEO Wants End To Online Anonymity 537

Andorin writes "Eugene Kaspersky, CEO of well-known computer security company Kaspersky Labs, is calling for an end to the anonymity of the Internet, and for the creation of mandatory 'Internet passports' for anyone who wishes to browse the Web. Says Kaspersky, 'Everyone should and must have an identification, or internet passport ... the internet was designed not for public use, but for American scientists and the US military. Then it was introduced to the public, and it was wrong ... to introduce it in the same way.' He calls anonymity 'the Internet's biggest security vulnerability' and thinks any country that doesn't follow this regime should be 'cut off.' The EFF objects, and it's likely that they won't be the only ones."
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Kaspersky CEO Wants End To Online Anonymity

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  • Re:"Papers Please" (Score:5, Informative)

    by jcr ( 53032 ) <jcr@@@mac...com> on Saturday October 17, 2009 @09:22AM (#29776967) Journal

    Yes, because requiring passports to entry countries stops all terrorism and crime.

    That's the asinine thing about the ID fetish that all the apparatchiki are pushing. The 9/11 perps weren't using fake IDs, even. They had genuine passports and credit cards.


  • by jo42 ( 227475 ) on Saturday October 17, 2009 @09:52AM (#29777193) Homepage

    Considering that Kaspersky grew up and lived under Soviet Russia Communist rule, his statement is surprising - unless he is part of the old boy apparatchiki network. But, yeah, he can go bugger himself sideways with a stiff wire brush.

  • Re:too late (Score:3, Informative)

    by TheRaven64 ( 641858 ) on Saturday October 17, 2009 @09:55AM (#29777215) Journal
    And that's still true on the Minitel network. Now compare uptake of the Minitel and the Internet. In fact, compare the Internet to any other network which didn't have anonymity, and you'll see that the Internet grew much faster.
  • by Thad Zurich ( 1376269 ) on Saturday October 17, 2009 @09:59AM (#29777247)
    I don't buy the Wikipedia claim that Kaspersky "worked at a multi-discipline scientific research institute", unless you consider KGB's R&D organization to meet that criterion (well OK, it probably does). This appears to be a person dedicated to advancing a political agenda that does not permit dissent.
  • Re:"Papers Please" (Score:5, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday October 17, 2009 @10:07AM (#29777301)

    They were scanned and recorded at the airport before launch.

  • Re:"Papers Please" (Score:4, Informative)

    by fyrewulff ( 702920 ) on Saturday October 17, 2009 @10:15AM (#29777361)
    They were not vaporized. Clearly you didn't see the pictures submitted as evidence at the trials. (I wouldn't recommend looking at them, either)
  • by viralMeme ( 1461143 ) on Saturday October 17, 2009 @10:34AM (#29777499)
    If you had the power to change up to three things in the world today that are related to IT security, what would they be?

    Internet design--that's enough.

    That's it? What's wrong with the design of the Internet?

    There's anonymity. Everyone should and must have an identification, or Internet passport. The Internet was designed not for public use, but for American scientists and the U.S. military. That was just a limited group of people--hundreds, or maybe thousands. Then it was introduced to the public and it was wrong...to introduce it in the same way.
    -- unquote --

    That's total BS, what's wrong with the Internet is the vast networks of compromised desktop computers co-opted to be used as botnets to provide spamming and phishing services to the criminal sector. The vast majority of which run on Microsoft Windows. And people like you making a good living out of selling 'security' solutions. If everyone on the planet switched off their office 'computer' when they went home from work, the amount of spam/malware on the Internet would drop by over a half.

    There is nothing wrong with the Internet, it performs as designed. It delivers packets to-and-from IP addresses. It doesn't know or care what's in 'em. Nor should it, that would break the design. Security should be handled at the end connections. What would cure the current smam/phishing/malware infestation is to design a desktop 'computer' that don't get infected by opening an email attachment or clicking on a URL.

    "If I were Bill Gates, I'd run another company--100 percent owned by Microsoft--that produces the antivirus under a different brand"

    It's never occured to Kaspersky to suggest that Bill Gates design an Operating System that don't rely on AV to protect. As Marcus Ranum [ranum.com] once said enumerating badness is a bad idea since, ' the amount of Badness in the Internet began to vastly outweigh the amount of Goodness '.

    So basically because people like Kaspersky have failed at security, and want to implement an Internet Stasi (Staatssicherheit). I don't think so. There are enough people out there that'll see it don't ever happen. --

    'Kaspersky Lab UK provides the leading antivirus [reviewcentre.com] and spyware software'

    please by more of my bogus 'security' solutions - nuff said .. :)
  • by westlake ( 615356 ) on Saturday October 17, 2009 @10:51AM (#29777619)

    there is not much you can do if that person is at the other side of the globe. Yes you can call police, but they will seldom do something.

    Don't count on it:

    The federal government can extradite a man to face a first-degree murder trial in the United States on charges of killing his wife, even though the evidence presented against him does not meet the test for the same charge in Canada, the Supreme Court of Canada has ruled. Top court okays U.S. extradition [montrealgazette.com] [Oct 16]

    A Briton accused of hacking into secret military and Nasa computers has had his extradition to the US put on hold as new psychiatric evidence is considered. Hacker's extradition put on hold [bbc.co.uk]

    This is Gary McKinnon pitching his last-ditch "Asperger's defense" to the Home Office.

    The Swiss Justice Ministry rejected on Tuesday film director Roman Polanski's appeal for an immediate release from custody. Polanski was arrested September 26 upon arriving in Zürich, Switzerland, to attend a film festival and has remained in prison ever since, awaiting possible extradition to the United States. Roman Polanski denied bail in Switzerland [wsws.org]

    Comedian and talk-show host Whoopi Goldberg had on The View on September 29 tried to defend his actions.
    "It wasn't rape-rape," she had said.
    The next day, Debra Tate, sister of Polanski's murdered wife, Sharon, argued on the Today show that it was consensual sex even though the victim was 13.
    "There's rape, and then there's rape," she said.

    Shannon Gilreath, Wake Forest University Law Professor for Interdisciplinary Study and a nationally recognized scholar on issues of equality, sexual minorities, and constitutional interpretation, believes there are really two perspectives involved in the case. "One is the perspective of people who look for any reason imaginable to excuse the victimization of women and girls that is rampant: it happened long ago, she was mature for her age-she wanted it," he explained. On the other side of this are those of us who are saying that every victim matters, even those victimized by people rich enough to evade jurisdiction for many years."

    But Gilreath says that statutory rape is a clear offense under the law, and at the age of 13, the girl was underage. Polanski defenders 'define' rape [hindustantimes.com]

  • by BZ ( 40346 ) on Saturday October 17, 2009 @10:51AM (#29777623)

    Another reason to not buy his software, fwiw, is that it injects DLLs into Firefox that slow down DOM manipulation by 100x or so. And those DLLs are injected even if the antivirus software is disabled, as long as it's installed.

  • paper trail (Score:3, Informative)

    by Gary W. Longsine ( 124661 ) on Saturday October 17, 2009 @12:02PM (#29778033) Homepage Journal
    All y'all are making this more difficult than it need be. They bought tickets. To fly. On a plane. Using a name.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Saturday October 17, 2009 @02:39PM (#29779001)

    That's what "courage" means

    That's a funny misspelling of stupidity.

  • by theshowmecanuck ( 703852 ) on Saturday October 17, 2009 @03:30PM (#29779333) Journal

    From the Wikipedia article on Kaspersky, it says, "Kaspersky graduated from the Institute of Cryptography, Telecommunications and Computer Science, an institute co-sponsored by the Russian Ministry of Defence and the KGB[1] in 1987 [wikipedia.org]."

    A product of the KGB and defence ministry of the Soviet era. His views make sense then... for a KGB apparatchik. He probably backs the idea of returning Putin back to president (even if he hasn't really stopped running Russia). And he runs the company that many people are 'securing' their computers with. Think about it folks. About as smart as North American bankers offshoring the programming of their financial systems to Chinese and Indian programmers.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Saturday October 17, 2009 @05:12PM (#29779933)

    What's most interesting about this isn't even the lack of literacy on the part of the idiot who wrote it, it's the lack of imagination on the part of the idiot who was so captivated by it's "wit" that he just couldn't wait to share it with all his pals on Slashdot, albeit anonymously.

    It's mister_playboy.... he forgot to hit the AC box once: http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=1391719&cid=29633239 [slashdot.org]

  • by Anonymous Coward on Saturday October 17, 2009 @06:09PM (#29780323)

    No one offers absolute guarantees of anything. Grow up and get over it.

    Perhaps you should grow up and get some reading comprehension lessons. Or did you not understand what the admission "Since this is impossible" means in the context of asking for absolute assurance of perfect protection?

  • Re:paper trail (Score:1, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday October 17, 2009 @07:23PM (#29780765)
    You're a Conspiracist douchebag nutjob. Please kill yourself

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