Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Finding the Limits of Security without Going Overboard

In one of my previous posts, I talked about the consequences of China hacking into Google’s system. Now it appears that U.S. laws helped aid the Chinese hackers. To comply with the law, Google had created a backdoor access system, making it easier for hackers to gain access. This can be good in allowing more government search warrants to capture criminals. However, like any system, it can be abused. With more and more laws being passed that allow the regulation of the Internet, there are more possibilities of exploitation, whether internal or external. Government officials can take advantage by spying on average citizens who are not criminals. And as we have already seen, foreign governments can also break into these systems. Security is necessary to stop criminals, but too much security imposes a burden on all of us when we realize that anyone could be spying on us. If we are not careful in electing our leaders, little by little our rights will be taken away, and our society could end up like the one described in George Orwell’s 1984.

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