Only Pirates and Terrorists Enjoy Privacy, You Know - DOJ, FBI Memo for Cafes Paints a Very Paranoid Picture
- Users in our security forum direct our attention to a new flyer (pdf) designed by the FBI and the Department of Justice to promote suspicious activity reporting in internet cafes. The amusing flyer lists a variety of fairly standard privacy tools and practices as signs that the person you're watching while sipping your half-caf-no-fat-soy-latte may be up to nefarious activities. Among the items the government declares to be signs of terrorist activity include the use of encryption software, use of VPNs or PGP (often common in business), proxies, anonymity portals, and other privacy software. The flyer goes so far as to warn cafe patrons to be away of anybody who is "overly concerned about privacy" or attempting to "shield the screen from view of others." Be wary, citizen.