How We're Paying To Make The Internet Less Secure

from the fun-fun-fun dept

The decision a few weeks ago from the FCC that VoIP services qualified for federal wiretap laws, is making people aware of quite a few additional consequences. Mark Rasch has written up a piece over at SecurityFocus suggesting that the plan basically means higher rates for all of us, so that broadband ISPs can make the internet less secure. By making it tappable by law enforcement, they’re basically opening it up to hackers as well, since anything they do to avoid real security and encryption means the data will be less secure overall. Also, because it involves quite a bit of work to set up the technology to make sure the broadband connections are tappable, and even the FBI brushed off that expense by saying “pass it on to the users,” it now means that everyone with a broadband connection is paying to make things less secure.

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