Wiretappers' Conference

I can’t believe I forgot to blog this great article about the communications intercept trade show in DC earlier this month:

“You really need to educate yourself,” he insisted. “Do you think this stuff doesn’t happen in the West? Let me tell you something. I sell this equipment all over the world, especially in the Middle East. I deal with buyers from Qatar, and I get more concern about proper legal procedure from them than I get in the USA.”

Read the whole thing.

Posted on June 29, 2006 at 1:43 PM6 Comments


raouf June 29, 2006 2:54 PM

Another interesting quote from that article:

“Our legal system is more transparent,” he said, “so we can do what we need to do without controversy. Transparency makes law enforcement easier, not more difficult.”

Roy June 29, 2006 3:10 PM

“But these tools — especially in the IP realm — are not so much sophisticated as complicated and very expensive. They’re a bad alternative to old-fashioned detective work” especially if the money spent on these toys is not available for proper training…

“The windup is that garden-variety crooks will remain those most susceptible to remote, electronic surveillance, while sophisticated, tech-savvy bad guys will continue operating below the radar.” Exactly.

peg leg klingon June 29, 2006 4:29 PM

I read about this on Slashdot. A few people here and there were expressing their opinion that the whole thing may have just been an article for publicity for the event/company involved.

My opinion? I don’t know, but Schneier’s blog is awesome. 🙂

ArkanoiD June 30, 2006 7:02 AM

Was there Stratign? Or are their products not only snake oil, but vapurware too? Remember i wrote you about them but got no answer..

Lou the troll June 30, 2006 10:04 AM

Interesting read. On a somewhat unrelated note, does anybody other than me find it strange that a rag like Wired can’t get the printable version of their articles to render HTML correctly? “soirée” instead of “soirée” or however it’s correctly spelled in French for example.

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