Wednesday, March 16, 2005

Image Trolling begs the Question

DriftNet is an amusing tool to tinker with in the public spaces I hang at on weekends. This elevates wardriving to a whole 'nother level, dear friends. Give it a whirl.

Try to match the GIFs and JPEGs that float by - to that goth slacker skulking in the corner over there ..? or do they belong to this overly serious accountant-type pretending to go over his end-of-quarter numbers?

Such capabilities call for a reflection upon the pros & cons of VPNing. Consumer rights advocates desire privacy protection. Us security professionals press for major reductions in the need for un-proxied intranet or host accesses, and the prospect of potential threats obfuscated by encryption.

Two strong arguments. This debate may rage on for quite some time to come.


Blogger Eric said...

Not to be pedantic -- okay, I love being pedantic -- but you know that's not the proper use of begging the question. "Begs that we ask the question" perhaps, but not "begs the question."

When I was at CSCW, Liz or someone displayed EtherPeg on the big screen during a session. I guess it was a good thing nobody was surfing pr0n! A few folks did start searching for images with the purpose of having them displayed on the big screen.

If you know that you don't have privacy, you behave differently. Maybe you just need a warning: all images are being scanned by the hacker wannabe in the corner.

8:25 AM  
Anonymous an unsober neologian said...

12:10 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

begging the question

7:44 AM  

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