I ran across the term “Malicious Tampering” today while reading an article about some of the government bad deeds that were reported in Daniel Snowden’s revelations. Within the context of a (mostly) free or inexpensive Internet global communications system, the idea of malicious tampering can take on many forms. Many of them are the consequence of planned cybercrime by individuals and criminal organizations bent on profiting from loose security, lacking or missing privacy measures, or actual attacks on the perimeters and data resources of large financial transaction database systems like Target and Home Depot. They even include planned attacks on companies like Sony in which the untimely leaking of intellectual property (films and media property) threatens the livelihood and income for the corporation. But they may also involve the seemingly innocent posting of objectionable or controversial photos or libelous comments on a social media site by a young person or adult thinking that freedom of expression extends beyond common decency.
I doubt that many folks would condone such activity, especially when the breaches result in funds being sucked out of their bank accounts or their community reputations being harmed. But somehow, “what’s sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander” so to speak. In other words it somehow becomes fair for governments and regulatory agencies to employ similar malicious tactics to stalk and catch the criminals who are the perpetrators of malicious acts whether the rank and file agree or not. And I’m unsure whether or not that’s a good thing. The balance between individual freedom and national security is extremely difficult to negotiate or even discuss.
Now I am not certain that you and I can easily agree if either of these positions are true or even OK. But knowing that the possibility exists may spawn some controversy, even though I am not exactly sure where, except that there are always folks – purists to name some – who will always take sides as a means to attack or discredit the other side as a matter of principal.
And now to the punch line.
SafeJunction provides a “21st Century Privacy” platform that serves as the foundation for a variety of identity, security, and privacy products, all of which are designed to give Internet users piece of mind when it comes to “malicious tampering”. This means that you can privatize your most risky Internet transactions to protect them from prying eyes – as long as what you’re doing is not subject to inspection under the laws of the region of the world where you originated it or those of the region where it ultimately lands. And, unlike the dark Internet and some of the other more spurious methods for hiding stuff, SafeJunction products are known, approved, and in some cases certified by folks who want freedom from harm in any context.
We acknowledge that there are a variety of standards that govern Internet behavior – especially media content and those who may or may not want to view it. What you privatize is your business just as where and to whom you send it is also. The benefit is that YOU control your own information as well as who may open/view it and under what conditions. As long as that transaction remains private between all parties involved, then the standards are yours to determine within YOUR community. Lawyers and their clients, Doctors and their patients, Pornographers and their customers, all should transact on the Internet free from prying eyes – especially those whose standards may be different. And the possibility of malicious tampering can be eliminated.
As for government and regulatory interference, snooping, and surveilling? Time will tell and the conversation will continue. At least we are developing some means to privatize and isolate transactions – particularly those that have no malice involved.
Thanks to the folks from SafeJunction