any moment now ...

Eugen Leitl eugen at
Tue Nov 30 12:46:25 PST 2010

On Tue, Nov 30, 2010 at 08:28:21PM +0000, John Case wrote:

> What they are undertaking is an unpredictable, unlimited future liability.


> Even without anything interesting, like packet inspection, or state  
> inspection, it's easy to assume that all Internet traffic is logged  
> somewhere - just connection logs and so on - a trivial amount of data to  
> save, and gets more trivial every six months when bigger drives come out.
> So _today_ your actions might be benign, and tomorrow they might also be  
> benign, but what about next year or next decade or ...

In a society that far gone this only raises the stakes of armed
resistance. Fight or flight are both perfectly preferable to 
playing sitting duck, waiting for black vans to pick you up.

> When you have a permanent record of all of your transactions in  
> Internet-space, it's just a matter of time before that is mined for  
> something that you never intended, and much like selling stocks short,  
> your risk here is unlimited.  Unlike selling stocks short, your risk 
> never expires.
> Remember - the bolsheviks went back to old storerooms of 30 year old 
> slips of paper, long forgotten, even by the Tsars themselves, and picked 
> through them, page by page, decades later, to find out who to murder.

As some day it may happen that a victim must be found,
     I've got a little list--I've got a little list
Of society offenders who might well be underground,
     And who never would be missed--who never would be missed!

> Don't run a Tor node under your own name, or traceable back to yourself  
> with simple traffic analysis, even in "sane" countries.

We shouldn't be afraid. They should.

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