Morgan the Trial (part 5)

The trial against Anakata and his alleged co-conspirators begins tomorrow and is scheduled until the 6th June. In case you’ve missed it, WikiLeaks published all related documents today. The prosecution documents, which the Swedish government declined handing out in digital format, has thus gone fully public.

The loud voices that were panicking Cambodian authorities into deporting Gottfrid aren’t echoing in the prosecution. The alleged danger was certainly hyped; a wise tactic if the goal is to withdraw somebody from another country as fast and quietly as possible, however unwise if the authorities wished to act in accordance with their own laws.

“Sweden has donated money to Cambodia since 1979, shut up with your tinfoil fashion”, says the critic. Yes, but what amounts? Published 2009 by SIDA, Sweden originally planned to donate 241 255 000 SEK to Cambodia year 2012. In 2010 Sweden donated 24 million $USD and 25.5 million $USD in year 2011. Year 2012, the year of Gottfrid’s arrest in Cambodia, the financial aid grew with, comparing to 2011, 32.15% to 33.7 million $USD. Quite a large increase considering the 6.25% increase between 2010 and 2011. The financial aid that Cambodia received from Sweden 2012 is the largest one in history.

Of course there are other parameters to take into consideration such as economical development, but when the Cambodian Interior Minister travels to Stockholm only one week after he signed Gottfrid’s deportation order then it’s quite natural to raise questions. In fact it’s so natural that even the officials of the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs are being prepared to answer to those questions and the Swedish Embassy staff is pointing out that the coincidence is an “interesting detail”. Smile and wave boys, smile and wave.

A state does not simply legally deny somebody their right to an attorney and lie to and mislead those that wish such rights to be granted. According to themselves, originally the Swedish embassy and Ministry for Foreign Affairs was insecure of whether they’d be able to retrieve Gottfrid in the first place. Fully understandable, considering the fact that upon deportation the deportee has a choice of destination and also various legal rights such as access to lawyers and court processing, things that were never optional for Gottfrid. The Swedish authorities intended to act as quickly as possible in the shadows of their own biased classifications. Us mortals are told to get with the system and stop questioning or face the never-ending troublemaker labeling.

In order to raise the panic levels the government is saying that people have been harmed in these alleged intrusions. When directly asked the Swedish tax agency couldn’t estimate if it hurt anybody. The government wrote in their statements that people with protected identities were being put at risk by the leaked so called person numbers. They are entirely public in Sweden and can’t be put to much use. The same information that was allegedly stolen from Logica’s mainframes, the tax agency data, contains information that can be retrieved by calling the tax agency and asking for it.

Swedish person numbers are no secrets, they are available anywhere and the worst thing you can do with it is change somebody’s name or address, like how someone changed the name of Antipiratbyrån’s lawyer Henrik Pontén to Pirate Pontén. Actual harm and annoyance can undoubtedly be caused by using person numbers in malicious ways, but once again they are entirely public. If it is such a big problem that people can cause harm with person numbers then why doesn’t the tax agency start, hm let’s say, verifying critical things that can be done with one’s person number to begin with? These are problems that exist far outside the hacker scope.

The alleged harm is of course made up to weigh in sync with the amount of money that the affected private companies and government agencies spent on their investigations. Not actual harm caused to individual members of the society.

It’s actually about time that something like this happened. People are always boasting about how anything can be hacked but in the end of the day very few citizens reflect on whether or not it is wise to trust the government. After all they are repeating what their trusted vendor has told them after saying what their own trusted vendor has told them, and so forth. The citizens are trusting a government to protect their data and in turn the government outsources the data to private companies which is configuring their mainframes to forbid passwords mixed with uppercase and lowercase characters and then capping them at 8 characters. Best of all, all these mainstream media articles about password policies and security? Turns out Sweden protected their tax agency datasets without any password policies. The government is just a brand used to verify multiple companies which have structures that are too complex for the average citizen to get a wide understanding of. We elect a government because we are lazy. Our own laziness is repeatedly making bad decisions for us.

The tip of Mount Problem is that these problems are everywhere. System administrators, governments and companies don’t care if your data is lost because it’s lost, they care because if you find out about it then you might choose someone else to provide you services and they’ll start losing customers and votes. Governmental trust is the lowest level of marketing because the general public trusts it to make the right decisions in most cases by default due to the governmental branding.

The biggest threat of exposing them is that they lose trust. They are not protecting you. If you aren’t protecting yourself then nobody is. Banks and governments have repeatedly proven that they will rather keep cyber attacks secret than expose them and risk losing your trust, which you have to keep in mind is what they convert into profit. The biggest threat of exposing them is that they lose trust. Keeping cyber attacks secret paradoxically benefits the attackers just as much as the government.

Now vote like it matters.

One Response to “Morgan the Trial (part 5)”

  1. Einar (from .no) Says:

    You, Sir, have some very well articulated points there. I agree with your perspective. I am glad you are writing about it, because it seems like no one else is.

    Keep it up. Stay sharp.

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