Indian government forcing cybercafes to install keyloggers

The roughly 500 cybercafés in Mumbai, India, will soon have police-sanctioned keylogging software installed on their machines in the name of fighting terrorism. The software will track everything entered into web forms, chat rooms, e-mail, and more, and report it back to the government. Mumbai police say that cybercafé owners must agree to the installation of the software or else they will lose their licenses.

The president of India's Foundation for Information Security and Technology, Vijay Mukhi, told India-based newspaper MiD Day late last month that the decision was based on the fact that terrorists look to hide their Internet activities by using cybercafés instead of their home computers. "The police needs to install programs that will capture every key stroke at regular interval screen shots, which will be sent back to a server that will log all the data," he said. "The police can then keep track of all communication between terrorists no matter which part of the world they operate from. This is the only way to patrol the net and this is how the police informer is going to look in the e-age." Indian government forcing cybercafés to install keyloggers

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