Wednesday, July 12, 2017

"The Most Dangerous Town on the Internet": actually, it's several towns

Helo films, along with Grey and Norton Symantec and director Daniel Junge present British journalist Heyden Prowse globetrotting to explore “The Most Dangerous Town on the Internet: Where Cybercrime Goes to Hide”, a 21-minute short film.

The word “dangerous” of course is also the title of a book by another British journalist, Milo Yiannopoulos, and here Prowse dominates the film with his own Milo-like cis-male charisma, as he explores data cellars set up to be impenetrable.

He starts out in Sealand, the micronation in the North Sea near Scotland, and moves on to the Netherlands, Sweden, Malaysia, and Singapore, exploring data centers that are unusually nuke-proof, EMP-proof by Faraday cage shields, and also unbreachable.  These places are indeed popular with cybercriminals on the Dark Web, but also by governments.

One issue is that cybercriminals route their transactions through several countries so it is difficult to stop them.

Toward the end of the film some specific clients, like Wikileaks and Anonymous get mentioned.  The misuse of the Internet for terrorist recruiting by ISIS is briefly explored, and the question as to whether a host should be held morally or legally responsible comes up.  That is what the Section 230 debate in the U.S, is all about.
Second picture: My own little micronation.  Baby play? 

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