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Dutch Ministry Proposes Powers For Police To Hack Computers, Install Spyware 130

hypnosec writes "The Dutch Ministry of Justice and Security has proposed some rather over the line measures and wants to extend such powers to the police that would allow them to break into computers and mobile phones in any part of the world. According to the proposal (PDF in Dutch), dated October 15, the ministry has asked for powers that would allow police to not only break into computers, but also allow them to install spyware, search for data in those computers, and destroy data. As explained by digital rights group 'Bits of Freedom,' which obtained the copy of the proposal, if the Dutch police get such powers, the security of computer users would be lessened and there will be a 'perverse incentive to keep information security weak.'"
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Dutch Ministry Proposes Powers For Police To Hack Computers, Install Spyware

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  • When will this end ? (Score:5, Interesting)

    by sakari ( 194257 ) on Friday October 19, 2012 @04:38PM (#41709673) Homepage

    I'm sick and tired of seeing these new laws proposed almost weekly! What the heck is going and who is pushing towards all these new law propositions for allowing breaking into users computers, reading their email, tracking all activity and attempts at controlling the internet.

    I wont allow these bastards who know nothing about how things even work to control this network of ours. They are trying take away our basic freedom all the time to communicate freely. They know that free speech is harmful for the powers that be. Enough already!

    I call all sysadmins and network administrators to start opposing these law enforcers! We have the power to make the change. We are the ones who install these rules into production, and we are the ones who can stop this madness. And those who continue oppressing us, know this: f*ck you! You will not win. Give up already and let's try to work together instead of assuming everyone is a damn terrorist.

  • by RichMan ( 8097 ) on Friday October 19, 2012 @04:38PM (#41709675)

    What happens if the police do actual damage to important infrastructure. Either civic or private?
    Or if police introduce a vulnerability that allows the above?

    Don't mess with active systems.

  • by Tei ( 520358 ) on Friday October 19, 2012 @04:59PM (#41709893) Journal

    We have police to stop crimes, not to commit them. What this dude just did, was proposing the commit of a crime at big scale.

  • Re:CleanIT part 2? (Score:3, Interesting)

    by Jeremiah Cornelius ( 137 ) on Friday October 19, 2012 @05:03PM (#41709919) Homepage Journal

    My Independent Government in Exile from Mars has just been granted authority by the nDimensional judiciary to ignore national sovereignty and any simple definition of sanity - to damage or destroy Dutch Police information assets, where ever they may exist in the outer 3rd of the galactic rim.

    The Quantum Pope already authorized my deputization of the WHOLE INTARWEBZ! So, your are all welcome to hop to it!

    p.s.: I've watched some of those Dutch police beat the crap out of unmanageable, drunken British tourists near Dam Square. My advice? Avoid the REALLY tall ones.

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