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Thursday, January 30, 2003

Electronic Crimes Task Force Plugs Stanford - Lukewarm Reaction
The relatively new, USAPA mandated Electronic Crimes Task Force is seeking to expand operations in most major U.S. cities. Last week, representatives from the San Francisco office of the U.S. Secret Service and local U.S. Postal Service representatives, along with cooporating business representatives (eBay & Cisco included) spoke with Stanford professors and students about getting universities involved in this process. Their strongest argument: it's better to be pro-active and prevent these crimes via collaboration than to allow federal agencies without the technology expertise develop mandates that don't make sense.

The reaction from the Stanford audience: lukewarm. Attending professors noted social engineering & legal issues as preventing proper crime enforcement rather than lack of collaboration. What was not said is that the primary reason for working with universities is to obtain access to their student databases in order to catch hackers. The first order of business from the talk was an audience query: "Is anyone here a protester? We heard protesters might show-up." No protesters came, but it was a lively debate.
:: posted by Sarah, 4:15 AM |

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